Tool review: Floor-standing Drill Presses
Top two qualities in a drill press
A machine this size should handle the largest bits, holesaws, and adjustable circle cutters you have without bogging down. We tested torque on each drill press by boring holes into hard maple, starting with a 2" Forstner bit, then increased bit sizes in 1/4" increments to test each machine's limits. Most of the tested presses matched each other bit for bit, with only slight bogging down when we got up to a 3" bit. But slowing our feed rate a little compensated for this so that each made the cut.
The tested presses have three types of depth-stop systems (shown at right): a threaded rod with a single knurled, quick-adjust nut; a threaded rod with two locking nuts; and a dial stop on the quill-handle hub. All proved accurate, but some are faster and easier to use.