As you already know, I am passionate about traveling as I am about my garage. I love making things with my hands, seeing them take shape according to a design. Of course, I am still an artisan in the making, as I still have a lot to learn. However, beginner that I am, I still agree with most DIYers that without a drill press, I would not be able to say I am running a truly productive home garage or shop. Yes, I own a corded handheld power drill, but there are just so many projects to do that the tool cannot handle. That is why I invested in a quality drill press.
I once worked on a project that needed elaborate hole drilling to the exact degree, and the stock was irregularly shaped and quite large. It was a good thing the customer who commissioned me to do the project is a good friend. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to work on the piece.
One look at the troubled expression on my face and noticing the lack of a drill press in my shop, my friend said, “You ought to have a drill press, man. It can help you work more easily and efficiently on projects such as this.” So that was precisely what I did. With the ,money my friend had given as down payment, I went online and bought a quality drill press from a popular USA tool brand.
To ensure I knew what I was getting, I read numerous drill press reviews and buying guides. Thanks to all the research, I was able to know that I should make sure the drill press had a cast iron base, work table and head. It is important for a drill press to be of heavy-duty or solid build considering the type of work it needs to do. A drill press can even be outfitted with mortising and sanding attachments to increase its versatility.
Variable spin speeds are essential since I intend to work with a variety of materials in the garage including plastic, ceramic, wood and metal. I can use the slower speeds to work on tougher material, and the high speeds for less hardy workpieces. This will also ensure I do not end up with a pile of broken drill bits and damaged materials because of non-adjustable speeds.
The chuck capacity of my drill press is ½ inch, which is the largest shank diameter that can be used with this type of device. A good general purpose size is ⅜ inch. Most large bits are designed with a small shaft that fits into a ⅜-inch chuck. The smallest chuck size is ¼ inch, which may not be able to handle tougher applications.
The motor on my drill press delivers ½ horsepower, which is just enough for my needs. The machine also comes with online chuck key storage, and this ensures I don’t misplace the component. The worktable swivels left and right and can be lowered and raised using a rack-and-pinion mechanism. This means I can easily handle the large, irregularly shaped stock my friend brought for me to work on.
My drill press is quite easy to use. The included operating manual has illustrations and clear instructions on use, so I should be able to work on my friend’s project first thing in the morning tomorrow. Wish me luck!