What Is The Best Drill Press For Woodworking?

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drill pressWhether you want to drill hinge cup recesses, cut batches of wood plugs, hog out a mortise or countersink pilot holes a drill press can do all the work for you.

A drill press is versatile and accurate and it’s a tool every woodworking workshop should have.

Before purchasing a press drill to use for any of your projects there are factors that you need to consider first.

After testing a couple of models I’ll argue that choosing the best Drill Press is based on the following factors:

Technical specifications

Technical aspects of any drill are rated based on motor power, drill speed, quill travel (drilling depth) and the swing (working column height).

Working with a compact drill press with a 8 inch swing, five speeds, a spindle travel of 2 inches, 1/3 horsepower 6 1/2 workable, 45 degrees tilting power can be great but there is something more than that which you might need for a professional workshop.

I personally prefer working with a drill pres that has a 13 to 15 inches swing, a table size of 13x 10 inches, a 3/4 horsepower, 16 speeds and a range (preferably 200 to 3600 rpm) because it allows me to get the precise selection I need when handling different wood materials and drill bit sizes.

Also working a drill with such high technical ability delivers an impressive work in the workshop hence more ideal for professional work

Build quality

When you discover your drill press is vibrating too much, then it is likely to create inaccuracies. The drill press could be dangerous as well.

Right from its top to the bottom, the build up quality should be proper for use in the workshop. Based on experience I would recommend a brand with a cast iron base, table and even drill heads.

A 150 pounds drill with extreme rigidity, plenty of power, little run-out of the chuck (with the help of high quality ball bearings on the spindle) can be great for any hobby wood worker to a professional workshop wood worker.


Right from the precision laser slighting to the depth gauges, there are many features that differentiate a top drill presses from also-rans.

An ideal press drill should have a fairly standard angle gauge, micro-adjustable and independent depth stop and depth scale, twin laser system for more accuracy and a self-tensioning system for delivery of more power.


With great difference in the technical specification and build up quality, the price of the different prices might vary largely.

If you are planning to buy a versatile high quality that will deliver an impressive work, you should go for highly priced drill presses. Top performing are rigid, more durable and have greater capacities.

Chuck quality

Chuck quality might vary from one machine to another but it is something that matters big time. Find a chuck that can operate smoothly over its (whole) range of adjustment.

Also, getting some additional information on runout -in the spindle & chuck assembly-can help you know how much a bit wobbles as it turns. The less the runout, the better.


When selecting the best brand of drill press in the market, find one with superb performance or functionality, one with the best value of money and a press drill that has outstanding features as well as technical specifications.

You can compare the available brands online or locally to find out the ones performance greatly and going at reasonably lower prices

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