Generally,if you're comparing DP's from your local Borg then yes,benchtops aren't that great.
But that's at homestores........there are industrial strength "benchtops".To the tune that they use identical heads as their floor model bretherns.
And then theres another whole classification of benchtops that are called sensitive drills.Used for tiny holes.Imagine having a less than 1/16" drill in a big 20" DP?Our Pratt & Whitney sensitive drill is a WHOLE lot nicer than about 90% of the typical floor model DP's seen in the home market.And its about the size of your computer keyboard.
But never pass up a cheap(25-50$)benchtop.They make really good paint stirrers.Not joking!
I have the bigger bench model Delta. I have only had a few times when I wish it was bigger or a floor model. Day in and day out its easier to work with the smaller chuck. I also built a cabinet to set it on so I could store the drill press items out of sight. This gives you the ability to set it for your height. Everybody's input on this one is right so you really won't go wrong either way.
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I have only ever had a bench top. Often in a store I look at a floor model and wish I had one. Then reality comes into play and I realize I have never had a time when the bench top model did not do what I wanted.
It all depends upon the work that you do/will do. If you have the space and money then I would think it best to get the floor model.
I have a bench top and several times I wish I had the floor model. I seems to always need just a hair more capacity. Drilling out stair balasters on a 40 degree slant with a 1/4 inch Forstner bit and I am stuck. :furious:
I think its more about specs than bench vs floor model. I know Grizzly sells models which are identical except bench vs floor. I currently have a bench. The only reason I want a different DP is the 2" travel isn't enough.
One advantage I can see to the floor model is putting it on a mobil base.
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