Last updated on January 29th, 2019
Drilling can be cumbersome when you don’t t have the right tool. Luckily, with the availability of drill presses, drilling has become more easy to do. However, there are so many different types of drill presses available on the market today; it gets increasingly difficult to choose the right tool.
I looked for the right drill press for my garage and tested out a few different ones as I went. The result is this comparison table of the best drill press reviews that I want to share with you here.
Best drill presses for 2019
|JET 354170/JDP-20MF 20-Inch Floor Drill Press||999.00||4.7||16|
|Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Tools WPDPPACK1 Drill Press Table, 1-Pack||134.99||4.6||18|
|SKIL 3320-01 120-Volt 10-Inch Drill Press||129.00||4.2||197|
|WEN 4212 10-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press||199.00||4.1||51|
|JET 354165 JDP-15M 3/4-HP 15-Inch Bench Drill Press||532.00||4.1||24|
|Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press||545.17||4.1||16|
|JET JDP-17DX 17-Inch Wood Drill Press||609.99||4.1||12|
|POWERTEC DP801 Baby Drill Press, 5-Speed||104.99||4||25|
|Shop Fox W1668 3/4-HP 13-Inch Bench-Top Drill Press/Spindle Sander||396.00||3.8||44|
|Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press||998.99||3.8||41|
|Rockwell RK7032 Shop Series 10-Inch Drill press||214.06||3.8||13|
|JET JDP-17MF/354169 Drill Press||639.00||3.7||47|
|Factory-Reconditioned SKIL 3320-01-RT 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press||229.00||3.6||14|
|Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press with Digital Readout||374.99||3.5||49|
When it comes to choosing a drill press, it is important to consider the following factors:
1. The type of material to be drilled.
This is one of the essential factors — you can not use a wood drill on a metallic material. Some metals are harder to drill than others and therefore the occasion may call for a specialized drill press.
2. Cost. This involves both buying and maintenance cost.
Some of the drill presses are very expensive and, in my opinion, highly over rated (brand costs). It is important to bear in mind that the cost of any device does not necessarily reflect its quality. Just make sure you go for a drill press that will align with your budget. However, you should not neglect its quality.
3. Durability. This shows how long the device will last before calling for replacement.
Always consider the warranty duration offered by the manufacturer. The better brands usually don’t hide it and are happy to offer longer warranties. Also make sure to do your quality assurance by checking the reviews by former users who already have a past experience with the exact drill press. There’s a specific column in my drill press comparison table in the end of this article for that.
4. Power consumption.
This determines how much power the device will consume on its operation. However, this sometimes tends to be tricky to avoid as the larger the device, the more the power consumption rate and if the amount of work is bulky, then a larger drill will definitely be the best choice. It is possible to know how much power any respective device will consume by checking the power rating which is written on the device.
When it comes to the cost of drilling presses, they differ from one size to the other and also from one brand to the other. Therefore, the amount you will spend on purchasing a drill press will definitely depend on the respective drill that you go for.
After purchasing the right drill press, you should ensure that you have the required skill before trying any operation. This will put you on a safe ground as poor handling of any drilling device can cause severe injuries. It is also important to ensure that you dress right for the occasion when using any drilling device so as to be on the safe side.