How I found a good drill press

A drill press is a useful tool to have in your workshop, especially if you’re a weekend mechanic like me. Making the difference between all of the models that are available in today’s market is truly a difficult feat as there seems to be an immense variety one can choose from. Some are priced higher than others, but the actual cost might matter less if you’re focused on getting a good drill press for what you have in mind.

I started out by looking at the resources I found online. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t know all that much about drill presses, in general, but since my best friend had suggested one, I had to think about it more seriously.

I set out by trying to understand the motor power, drill speed, swing, and quill travel just to make sure that I grasped the technical specifications of every machine that I came across. The construction quality varies significantly from one drill press to the next because it doesn’t have to vibrate a lot so that your pieces turn out looking great. In addition to this, you need to go over some customer reviews to make sure that you’re buying a unit that’s safe to utilize and that might not endanger your safety and perhaps the one of the people trying to work with you on your tasks.

 

Laser sighting is a neat feature to have and it can take your accuracy to a whole new level. You’ll be able to drill holes through the wood or metal without having to bother to make calculations all of the time.

The swing size is important as most 8-inch and 10-inch drill presses can be used for small projects such as jewelry making, but their 15 and 18-inch counterparts can offer excellent results when employed in serious projects. Most of the latter alternatives are massive as they weigh a lot and are anything but compact and portable. On the other hand, 8 and 10-inch options can make a good choice for people looking for a highly portable product.

 

 

In my research, I used several websites. I’m a great fan of Popular Mechanics and have learned a lot of things using this website. What I like the most about the resource is that most tips address DIY-ers, amateurs, and hobbyists, which is why the tone of the articles is friendly and less advanced. Miller Welds has a forum where people talk about drill presses and the best known brands that make them. Last, but not least, there’s this new resource that I found to be particularly helpful and that has loads and loads of reviews and comparisons of the top drill presses available today.

3 power tools I can’t live without

 

Tools have been instrumental in asserting that we are different from the rest of the animal kingdom species. We may have started out carving spearheads out of rocks, but we most certainly have come a long way. Power tools outclass hand tools because of their promise of speed and versatility. They function primarily to embody that huge DIY spirit that every self-respecting handyman wants to show people.

These three are what I consider genuine must-haves:

The cordless drill

To manually bore one hole in one hour is not something that a real handyman would love to do for a period of 8 hours in the shop. No sirree! A solidly engineered cordless drill is what you need to tackle plenty of drilling tasks varying between making small pilot holes to creating large ones into which electricals can be made to run through.

A cordless drill is used to drive large lag bolts, dainty screws and fasteners into holes. However, an impact drill would be more to your liking if you intend to work often with large lag bolts. A cordless drill is generally considered the modern handyman’s tool, make no mistake about that.

Cordless drills are typically 12-volt tools that are lightweight yet carry high drilling technology. They are also built quite robustly for their size so they can withstand the abuse they are often subjected to. If you have the budget for it, get an 18-volt model instead if you are to properly address the power-to-weight ratio factor.

The circular saw

If you are to make short work of cutting through tough material or sheet goods, a circular saw should be just the tool you need. A handsaw is fine if you just cut wood workpieces once or twice every year. For regular cutting jobs, nothing beats a circular saw. It can cut through an entire small pile of wood in just two minutes. How does that compare to your regular hand saw

Use a circular saw with safety in mind, as it can cut through skin and bone just as easily as it can through wood. Follow safety instructions for use from the tool manufacturer. You can choose between corded and cordless models. For hefty materials, choose corded units that function either as a regular circular saw or a worm-drive saw that’s more heavy duty.

The drill press

There’s any number of drill presses available on the market. You can choose from mini drill presses, benchtop models and freestanding ones. Perfect for repetitive and repeatable hole drilling, a drill press ensures accuracy and consistency of results. Get one that offers versatility with a range of spin speeds, a beveling worktable and flexible chuck capacity.

A drill press can even be fitted with a variety of attachments to handle different tasks including sanding and mortising. This tool is used in jewelry making, wood working, metal trades and more. You’ll find this tool exceptionally indispensable.

You may have a different list drawn up, but again, these are the three tools that I personally consider crucial for any workshop