Factors To Consider Before Buying A Benchtop Drill Press
The benchtop drill press is a favorite of many woodworkers for its ease of use. If you're unfamiliar with benchtop drills, the idea is pretty easy to understand. Basically, all you have to do is take out the chuck (which s the piece that holds the drilling bit) from your current drill and attach it to a spindle (which s the part that holds the workpiece in place while the drill is spinning). Slap on a long plate to lock in material and a wheel to lower and raise the chuck, and you now have a benchtop drill. While benchtop drill machines can be used for many different types of drilling, here are the main considerations to keep in mind as you shop.
Number of amps: The type of chuck-will dictate the number of amps that come with your new benchtop drill press that you use, the speed of the motor, the torque of the motor, the depth of the hole to be drilled, and the size of the hole. For example, if you're using a chuck with an eight-way drive and the hole is only an inch or less in diameter, you won't need as many amps to operate. The rule of thumb is that the fewer the amps you use, the less noise and friction you'll create. A lower number of amps will allow for quieter operation and greater ease of movement.
Speed: You want to consider the speed at which you want to run your woodshop. There are basically three different speeds, but the best benchtop drill press will always be able to run at all three of them at the same time. You may also want to consider whether you want a corded or cordless model. A cordless model is a good choice if you're planning on drilling long interior bolts and joints.
Swing Size: It's important to consider the swing size of the benchtop drill press as well. Each brand and model will be priced differently, and some will fit your particular bench layout better than others. The most popular swing size is seven-inch swing size; however, you can also get seven-inch, eight-inch, and nine-inch swing sizes. Before you choose the swing size, you'll want to consider the amount of counter space you'll need, the weight limitations for the machine, and the general size of the holes you'll be drilling.
Power Source: A major advantage of a corded electric wen drill press is that it generally comes with a power source. Some cordless electric wen four-ounce drill press models do not come with a power source. An alternative to this issue is that a battery can power some cordless drill machines. Before purchasing a benchtop drill that does not come with a power source, make sure to test the battery. This should be relatively easy to do as most batteries will last approximately twenty hours.
Accessories & Tools: As you are buying a benchtop drill press, it's important to know exactly what accessories and tools that you'll need to complete the job. These items can vary in price and quality. Typically, most major brands will offer a selection of accessories at no additional cost. However, if you buy a power tool, you'll likely need some cordless wrenches and power drill bits in addition to the power drill. For this reason, when buying these accessories it's important to consider the overall cost and the value that you'll receive for the amount of extra work and investment.
Safety: When you're using benchtop drill presses to provide professional-looking pieces of wood or metal, it's important to consider safety features. One feature to look for is a trigger that locks the spindle arm in place. You might also want to purchase a dust collection device to collect excess dust that might trigger a safety feature. Look for this feature when buying a power tool so that you don't cause yourself an injury while using the equipment.
Performance: The speed and power of a benchtop drill press are one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing. Although it's important to remember that an electric model is much less powerful than a corded one, both offer comparable performance levels. If you're only using the bench press to work on one piece of wood or small metal, it might not matter how powerful the motor is. But, if you plan on working on several pieces of larger metal, a more powerful motor is recommended. You should also consider the type of wench you have and the maximum load that the machine can handle so that you get the best performance.