So I am in the market looking for a decent drill press
for all my precision drilling needs. I found this one here
, which has rave reviews but it only takes up to a 1/2" bit. My question is, does anyone have experience with a drill chuck adapter? Do they work relatively well with drill presses? I was thinking that it would save me a boatload of money to get this lower end model and then buy a chuck adapter since I only need the larger 3/4" drill bit for a couple of things. I just have no idea how many people actually do that or if they work well.
We have settled the issue of the large chuck for 3/4" bit above, but the issue of "precision" has been raised. To me, precision means "lack of run out in the arbor"... what else is there to measure or "go wrong"? If the table is set 90 degrees to the bit, an easy adjustment to make, then that issue is also settled.
Typically, "arbor runout" is not one of the specifications listed for the economy drill press and for many others either. The Wen is typical of the smaller 10" or 8" drill presses that are "probably" made by the same manufacturer somewhere in China or Taiwan.
I own a Craftsman 10" and it is my "go to" drill press for small holes, under 3/4" usually and for use with my Forsnter bits up to 2 1/4" or 35 mm for hinge cups. I am surprised by the power of the 1/3 HP motor in this press. It has a nice variety of speeds as well, although I can't remember changing the belt since I bought it 10 years ago.
This is the Wen model, which gets 5.5 stars in the reviews.
Listed at $65.00
This is the 10" Craftsman I have:
Listed at $160.00, or one hundred more than the Wen. It does have the laser alignment feature which I seldom use because I center punch my hole location when I need precision OR just eyeball it when I don't.
This Harbor Freight 8" drill press boasts a 1/2 HP motor and is just $4.00 more than the Wen, but it does have a work light a great feature. The HF extended warranty could make this a "no risk" purchase. If you can go to a HF store, grasp the chuck and see if there is any side to side play which would indicate "arbor run out" and then avoid this model, which also got 4 stars in the reviews. Check all the reviews for these drill presses for arbor run out and that will help make your purchase decision.
This was a review for the Wen:
5.0 out of 5 starsNo better deal for the money!
on January 11, 2017
Got the HF version (with coupon) prior to this one, and returned it. It wasn't terrible, but it had too much play, wobble, and was noisy. Spent the extra $20 and got this one - QUITE a difference. The WEN base is more solid and substantial - same thing with the table. Better machined surfaces where they count. The pipe stand is a little beefier, and fits more squarely with the drill head and base. On top of that, it is quieter, no wobble, little if any runout,
and it has a place for the chuck. I haven't drilled any holes just yet, but from what I see so far I don't predict any issues. I almost feel guilty paying the measly $72 that included shipping!
The only con I have found thus far is the table handle being on the left side - however, for the price I can deal with it. I look forward to using this as my all-purpose garage drill press.
01/15/17 Update: Drilled a bunch of holes today in 1/2" thick steel Flat bar for a project, and it performed well. Very happy with it so far -