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Despite their small size, benchtop models offer workpiece capacities pretty close to full-size presses. Curious to see if these machines' horsepower ratings converted to real drilling power, we force-fed each drill press a steady diet of hard maple and white oak under large bits and hole saws, trying to make the bits stall. Every drill press should have a sturdy, reliable stop for drilling multiple holes to the same depth. Learn the results of our testing of the Craftsman 21914, Delta DP300L and DP350, Grizzly G0485 and G7943, Rikon 30-120, Ryobi DP121L, and Shop Fox W1668 in the November 2007 issue of WOOD magazine.
Consider this: Nearly all drilling in woodworking calls for the table to be situated within 4" of the chuck. All eight machines we tested offer 12-14" of swing, compared with the 17" swing typical of a floor-model drill press.
Drill presses with three pulleys handled these tough tests best without the motor stalling or the belts slipping. That means a benchtop drill press not only can handle most of your drilling needs but it also costs about half as much as a floor-standing model.