FAQ: best drill press

It’s a simple machine for both metalworking and woodworking. You can use it to drill holes, press things together and other workshop tasks like mortising and sanding.

No. While pretty much any drill press will enable you to work with both wood and some metals, if you’re planning to drill through very tough metal or stone, you’ll need to make sure in advance the models you’re looking at allow for this.

If you’re using a larger bit to bore through materials like cast iron, dial the speed back to around 200 RPM for best results.

Speed things up to 4000 RPM when you’re using smaller bits and dealing with softer material.

The swing is double the distance from the chuck to the post supporting the throat.

No. If you invest in a mortising attachment, you’ll also be able to drill square holes.

It’s not a question of better or worse, it’s all about intended purpose. Don’t buy a bulky floor-standing drill press if you only use it for occasional light duties at home. Equally, don’t imagine a dinky benchtop unit will make a great fit in a busy commercial shop. It’s all about getting the right drill press for you.

It’s simply the hollow shaft surrounding the spindle

This is another way to describe the vibration that can mar cheaper drill presses and wreak havoc with accuracy.

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