Benchtop drill presses are ubiquitous nowadays. They are not just a requirement of the woodworkers, but homeowners also need them from time to time.
Resultantly, it is pertinent to know what comprises a good benchtop drill press. The good thing about drill presses is that you will find a plethora of similar models, which makes shopping easier.
Nevertheless, it is still essential to understand the subtle differences that these machines have so that you can pick the best one for your needs.
We have done a comprehensive research and picked up the top ten benchtop drill presses of 2020 out there in the market.
So let’s find them out!
1. WEN 4214 Variable Speed Drill Press
Most drill presses are made to penetrate through wood only. However, the Wen 4214 is otherwise. It can glide through plastic and metal as well with extreme ease. On a cast iron, it can drill as far as 5/8 inches. All this is due to the 2/3 HP motor and a variable speed option that allows users to adjust the speed between 580 RPM to 3200 RPM.
The benchtop drill press has a laser guide and an LED, which can be used to aim the drill where you want to make a hole and carry out your work even in dark conditions. Furthermore, the laser also allows an individual to work on rough or irregular surfaces without compromising on the quality.
The Wen 4214 speed drill press has multiple other features to ensure that you carry out your work with sheer precision. For example, there is a depth adjustment knob to limit spindle travel and offer repeated drilling. Furthermore, there is also the option of extending the table to around 17 inches.
Due to the above-mentioned impressive features, the Wen 4214 is one of the best sellers in the market.
2. WEN 4208 5-Speed Drill Press
Unlike the previous Wen drill press, this one has a small 1/3 HP inductive motor and can only drill through softwood and metal (up to ½ inch thick). The reason being the benchtop drill press is targeted towards those woodworkers who are looking for a small and cost-effective drill press.
Having a miniature motor and limited functionality doesn’t mean that the machine is of poor quality. Most parts of the drill press are made of thick cast iron, which provides not only durability but also stability and reduced vibrations. Furthermore, they look quite stylish, and the drill press doesn’t look like a cheap machine.
There is a range of impressive features: speed being the first of them. The drill press has five variable speed options, which are impressive, considering the low price. The multiple price options mean you can easily adapt to different working conditions.
You might have already guessed about the size of the drill press from its features. The wen 4208 is compact sized with a table size of 6.5 to 6.5 inches.
3. JET J-2530 Bench Model Drill Press
The high-quality enclosed spindles are challenging to find in other machines. That allows an individual to drill through hardwood and thick metal with ease. Not only that, four lubricated ball bearings come along with the spindle. These ball bearings help inaccurate drilling.
The Jet J-2530 follows strict CSA Group guidelines and comes with a two-year warranty. With all these features, we can safely call the JET J-2530 one of the best benchtop drill presses in the market.
4. SKIL 3320-01 10-Inch Drill Press
You might be wondering what role pulley plays in enhancing power? Well, let me explain. First of all, the pulley system is directly located above the motor. Secondly, it has five-speed options allowing us to work on both delicate and extreme projects with ease.
Just like the Wen 4214, this drill press also comes with a laser system allowing you to work with a high level of precision.
What I personally love about the Skil 3329-01 is the range of safety features incorporated in the drill press. The on/off switch is located at the front of the power tool. This is helpful as it allows easy identification in case of any mishap. Furthermore, there is an option to disable the switch when not in use.
5. Powermatic 1791310 Benchtop Mortiser
Here comes the most exciting drill press in our list, the Powermatic drill press. We call it appealing due to it’s the reversible handle which you can install at either side of the head and that too without the aid of a tool. Sounds too good to be true? Well, you have to believe it.
The drill press has near-zero slippage when removing the chisel from the workpiece. That is due to the double lock system of the mortise. You can use it to lock the mortiser either from the side or from the top.
The drill press has a large surface area as well as two chisel and bit spaces. These features help in the quick set up of the mortiser. In addition to this, the mortiser comes with a slew of safety features. For example, there is a removable switch key, and the action cam locks the fence with a margin of 90-degree movement.
6. Genesis GDP1005A 4.1 Amp Drill Press
Here comes another drill press that can drill through the hardest of materials with sheer convenience. And that too without exerting much effort. It seems impossible, right? Let’s find out how that happens.
First of all, the Genesis Benchtop Drill Press has five-speed options to handle any kind of material. Furthermore, due to the machines sheer power, it can dig deep holes in a single attempt. That saves much valuable time.
The drill press is designed to handle back to back work without adversely impacting the machine. It has 5/8 chuck and 45-degree tilting and 360-degree degree rotating capability to meet all sorts of work requirements.
7. Shop Fox W1667 Oscillating Drill Press
The Shop Fox W1667 is a versatile machine with an affordable price tag. It is both a drill press and an oscillator. That means you can not only use the machine for woodwork but also contouring sand particles with ease.
As we mentioned earlier, the drill press comes with an affordable price tag, but that doesn’t compromise on the quality and performance. In fact, one of the reasons why this benchtop drill press is widespread among the user is its high precision.
The high level of accuracy is due to the ½ inch ground sanding spindle and a sanding drum. What is quite interesting is the inclusion of the 2 inches dust port, which keeps your work area neat and clean.
8. WEN 4210 Laser Drill Press
The Wen 4210 drill press is a bit similar to the 4208 drills we reviewed earlier with a few add on features. We will have a look at what those additional features are how they enhance the capability and capacity.
Like many other drill presses, this benchtop also features a powerful laser. The laser projects a crosshair on the product which you are working, allowing you to work with a high level of precision. However, the laser doesn’t guarantee the precision levels that high-level professionals require. Instead, it is good enough to work for homeowners or DIYers.
The work table, base, and majors parts of the drill press are made from cast iron. This has a slew of benefits including, but not limited to, reduced vibration, higher stability, and extended durability.
9. Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine
The Proxxon 38128 can drill holes up to 0.5mm. It is made of high-quality aluminum that allows you to carry out your work hassle-free. There is also a spindle and high-powered transmission for quick drilling.
When we talk about drilling micro-holes and fast drilling, durability is of utmost importance. You don’t want the spindle to break when piercing into a material. For that reason, the Proxxon drill machine is manufactured of ribbed cast Aluminum. Furthermore, the motor is encompassed by a stable head of the machine.
The powerful motor is built into the super stable die-cast head of the machine, runs very quietly, and has a long.
10. Craftsman 10″ Bench Drill Press
The Craftsman drill press is powerful enough to penetrate the hardest of material due to its ½ HP motor. The motor drills efficiently without stalling. That means you can perform your tasks in the least amount to time and without producing much waste.
The drill press has a variable speed in the range of 620 RPM to 3100 RPM. Furthermore, unlike the majority of drill presses, you can easily transition between different speed ranges. Just open the motor pack cover and replace the belt tension and replace the mechanism.
What is interesting to note is the medium size of the drill press despite its sheer power. The machine has dimensions of 13*8*27 and doesn’t require much space for storage. However, you will still need a large worktable.
These were the top benchtop drill presses of 2020 that you should be on your radar. Most of them are ubiquitous and have similar features with a few add-ons. That should make shopping a tad easier. However, don’t confuse yourself and make sure to have an in-depth analysis of the features to find the perfect match for your requirements.