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Why You Need to Purchase a Drill Press

Why You Need to Purchase a Drill Press

A benchtop drill press, also known as pillar drill, pedestal drill, and bench drill, is a tool tailored to keep your drill steady while in use. It leads woodworkers to a much more precise drilling when compared to hand-held operation.

This machine can perform boring, counterboring, countersinking, spot facing, tapping, and reaming. Seriously, what more could drill press operators ask for?

Below are the reasons why you need a drill press:

It can work with other materials aside from wood

Not only can a bench drill cut holes through wood, but it could even handle more robust metals such as stainless steel and iron.

It requires less effort

Compared to a hand-held drill, it needs less effort to apply the drill to your workpiece. The chuck’s movement and spindle are by a lever operating on a rack and pinion, giving the operator substantial mechanical advantage.

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It secures the job

Because the table permits a clamp or vise to be utilized to situate and restrain the work, the operation becomes much more secure.

Holes are drilled accurately

The spindle’s angle is positioned relative to the table, which is why holes are drilled precisely and consistently.

It can use bigger drill bits

drill pressBench drills are usually equipped with more powerful motors when compared to hand-held drills, allowing the operator to utilize larger drill bits and speed up the drilling with smaller ones.

It can do much more than you think

This excellent tool is ideal for routing too, thanks to its rigidity which allows it to sustain side loads, though it’s made for vertical loads. This means it’s possible to perform some small routing with the chuck in its upright stance with the machine running at maximum speed.

Watch this YouTube video on how to use a drill press for routing:

It can serve as a light milling machine

Who would have thought of that? Though uncommon, a pillar drill can also stand in as a light milling tool. To achieve this, an X-/Y- vice should be clamped to the table to position the millwork and make it move across the face of the mill to finish the surface or to cut a furrow with light side force. However, you should take note that the drill press is less sturdy than a milling machine, so you have to cut only 5/1000 to 10/1000 inch at a time, cutting a keyway in a pole would be an excellent application of this.

Clearly, a drill press is a significant investment.