Tips For Buying a Drill Press

Features to look for:

  • Controls up front (for easy access)
  • Chuck capacity
  • Depth Stop ease of use
  • Smooth quill movement
  • Number of speeds (lower speeds are usually used more frequently)
  • Table size and design

Floor Drill Presses function in between the bench top and the radial.

Features to look for:

  • stable design
  • open construction (for cleaning purposes)
  • size and sturdiness of table
  • horsepower (based on need)
  • table swing, tilt
  • chuck size
  • height

Radial Drill Presses are ideal for large surfaces.

Features to look for:

  • Up front controls
  • Ease of quill travel
  • Easy to use depth stop
  • Number of Speeds
  • Head tilt (allows for multiple drilling angles)
  • Horsepower

Portable Drill Presses are for the user who needs mobility.

Features to look for:

  • comparable power
  • external cooling system
  • magnetic base
  • weight (some portables are very heavy)
  • reputable manufacturer

General Considerations:

  • For metalworking, a drill press with oil grooves is the best solution
  • For woodworking, select a woodworking table with through slots so items can be easily clamped to the table
  • If you will use your drill on a variety of material, it is best to select a drill with a variety of speeds.
  • If you plan on drilling holes deeper than 3 or 4 inches, power should be a consideration.
  • The chuck size of a drill bit is given as the range of sizes of drill shanks that will fit. For example a range of 1/16 to ½ indicates that the drill presses maximum capacity is 1/2inch and that shanks smaller than 1/16 are to small. In general there is no need to acquire a drill press with a maximum capacity over ½ inch as bits larger than this are rarely encountered. High quality presses often have a minimum chuck rating of zero. Very small sizes may be useful when working in miniature.

Why should you buy drill machine online?

The first question many of our visitors ask is this:

“Why should I shop online instead of my local hardware or tool supply store?”

We’re aware of the many concerns associated with online shopping. In fact, until recently, we’ve been hesitant to fully embrace the e-commerce experience ourselves. However, with the continued growth of sites such as and others, as well as our own increased understanding of the benefits, we’ve come to realize that online shopping has many distinct advantages over buying in land-based stores.

Here are a few of our favorite reasons for shopping on the internet:

  • Save Money – Online vendors typically offer products at a reduced price over retail outlets, because the significantly reduced costs of doing business on the Internet are generally passed on to the consumer.
  • Shop Anytime – Online shops are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Compare Prices – You can quickly check the prices of several vendors online. This is more convenient and much faster than walking or driving between stores.
  • Save Time – You can save valuable time. Just getting to a land-based store can take 10-20 minutes or longer. By then, you could have finished your online shopping.
  • Buy Direct – Online shops are offering a complete product line, whereas retail stores only stock a limited number of items.
  • Avoid the Crowd – After working all day, the last thing you want is pushy people.
  • Visit Many Shops at Once – You can shop many places without even getting out of your chair.
  • It is Safe – Online shops now accept most major credit cards and use secure sites which encrypt your card details and safeguard your personal information.

To further the case for online shopping, a recent study conducted for Deloitte & Touche revealed that consumers are experiencing high levels of satisfaction with e-commerce. Here are the findings behind online customers’ growing attraction to buying on the web:

  • Can shop at any time – 71 %
  • Browse without salesperson hassle – 67 %
  • Saves time – 65 %
  • Feel that prices are lower – 55 %
  • Larger selection – 39 %
  • Quick delivery home – 37 %
  • No sales tax – 31 %
  • Don’t like shopping in stores – 22 %

So, you can see that buying on the web has its benefits. And, the old concerns regarding security of personal information, credit card numbers and so forth have been addressed. Consumer confidence is growing rapidly and online vendors are rising to meet the demand. It is our hope that sites such as ours succeed in helping visitors like you to better benefit from and enjoy the online shopping experience.

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