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How to Choose a Drill Press for Your Needs? A Smart Guide

how to choose a drill press
Written by Willie Osgood
Last Update: May 2, 2023

Not all drill presses are manufactured same although their purposes remain almost the same. Assume that you are going to tackle a DIY project that needs a very specific type of drilling action. There must be a suitable model for this action. All you need is know how to select the best drill press for your specific demands.

We have put together a few considerations and their technical aspects, so you can choose the right drill press for either metal or woodworking projects.

Factors to consider

Being the very fundamental components and operational essentials, the following features are present in any drill press. Here is a walk-through into the details that you need to care for.

1. Horsepower

Horsepower defines how brutally a drill press performs. Before selecting any drill press you should check its horsepower. If you use it for the drilling holes not much horsepower is needed.

2. Size of the drill press

While selecting the drill press, you should consider the size. A 16-inch drill press can drill an 8-inch hole from its edge. So, size is an important matter in the process of selecting any drill press for any job.

Size of the drill press

3. Variable speed

Variable speed of any drill press is also important. In lieu of selecting a drill press you should always bear in mind this feature. Because it may cause harm sometimes. For example, if you want to drill a wood with the high speedy drill press, it may burn the wood. So, the speed of a drill press also demands to be discussed as a major factor in time of selecting any drill press.

Variable speed chart of drill press

4. Floor model drill Press

It is a special kind of drill press where you can drill anything of any size. It is flexible and can be raised to upper and lower directions. It can be tilted up 360° if required.

Drill Press Flood Model

5. Featured accessories

You should select that drill press that comes with the featured accessories. Sometimes, you may not find a good drill press equipped with essential accessories. But, in order to be useful, the machine needs to be compatible with the aftermarket upgrades (accessories) like the following.

Featured accessories of drill press

  • A drill fence should be adjusted with a drill press to drill well. Because it helps to make accurate positioning of drill bit.
  • Mortising attachments are also a prime concern for selecting a drill press.
  • Attaching several sized sanding drums for a high-speed drill press.
  • Sanding drum produces finely round of every drill press.

While choosing a drill press for any job you must have to consider the above mentioned and described functions and uses of the drill press.

Drilling anything with perfection and precision requires the right machine for the task. As said, all drill presses may not prove to be equally efficient to serve uninterruptedly. Having a clarified idea about the different features and technical aspects can help you a lot to identify and select the drill press for your needs.

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About the author

Willie Osgood

An Avid Metalworker

Willie doesn’t really consider himself an artist, rather a craftsman involved in practical trades. Yet, most of his projects require him to make interesting and fine objects. Being the eldest son of a carpenter, his background is 100 percent rooted in crafting. He found the art of blacksmithing quite appealing since his teenage years… that fire, the sound of swinging hammers, and those long and shiny blades that came out as a finished product. Soon he literally became obsessed with metal – the way it moved, worked, and changed when heated or cooled.

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