Choosing a Drill Press
If you ask any woodworker on what tool you should have in your workshop, they will all tell you that it is the drill press. Even if you are not a serious woodworker, you may just be an amateur craftsman who like to make small things out of wood or other light materials, you would still benefit from using an electric drill press.
But you should not just go about purchasing the first drill that you see. There are a lot of pitfalls that come with choosing the best drill. You need to consider how much power you will need; what kinds of jobs you will have it do; how many hours will you be logging in on it; the space in your workshop; and a whole lot more. If you do not heed these factors then you will end up with a huge purchase that you will later regret.
To know more about the type of drill that you need to have in your workshop, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Would I Need a Floor or Bench Drill?
This choice depends entirely on how much space is available in your workshop. If you can spare some space, and some more money, then you should go with a floor drill press because it packs more power and plenty of features. But if you do not have much space in your workspace, and you expect that you will only be doing some light drilling, the bench type will do.
How Much Power Will I Need?
This would depend on what kinds of projects you are currently doing. If you are just a hobby woodworker, then a small drill press will do just fine. But if you are a serious woodworker, or a DIY enthusiast, then you need something that has enough power to drill through hardwoods and even metal, so a bigger and more powerful drill is a good choice for you.
What Extra Features Would be Nice?
Just like with other power tools, more features mean a higher price tag. If you compare the higher priced models with the lower-end ones, you will notice that not only do the more expensive drill models have a lot of additional features as well, like laser cross hairs, a built-in work lamp, and others. If you had some extra money lying around then you could invest them in a nicer model drill. But if you do not really need all the extra bells and whistles, and you are also on a tight budget, then just get a basic model.
What Size Motor Will I Need?
This is related to the other question about power, but motor size is not just about power output, it is also related to how long the drill can operate. If you are planning on using the drill for hours on end, then you need a beefier motor that can take the strain without the danger of overheating. But if your hobby only requires you to make a couple of shallow drills every once in a while, a smaller motor will suffice.
How Much Can I Spend?
Of course you need to take your budget into consideration as well, but that does not mean you should get the cheapest one out there, if you do, then you will probably get your money's worth and get a drill press that will break down after just a couple of weeks. If you have a small budget for tools, then you should do some research and find out if there is a drill out there that is durable and fits right in your budget.