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Selection Criteria

Each of the four drill presses we tested:

0Hasa 14" drilling capacity (Swing) 0 Ranges in price

from $219 to $350 0 Features cast iron table with rack & pinion adjustment

At a glance, these benchtop drill presses all look remarkably alike. In fact, it almost appears as if each one was popped out of the same mold and painted a different color.

But in spite of the close similarity, there's one big difference between them — the cost. They range in price from $219 to $350.

So what accounts for this difference in price? And are the more expensive drill presses really worth the extra cost?

To find out, we bought and tested the four models shown above. Editor's Note: For a close look at another (more expensive) drill press that we tested separately, refer to page 27.

shipping. When the drill presses arrived, two of the cardboard boxes were pretty beat up. Fortunately, the only damage was a small dent in the capacitor of the motor on the Grizzly.

But one thing that was a bit more irritating is that the cast iron table on the Bridgewood had rusted. Nothing that some elbow

grease couldn't fix. Still, it made me think twice before complaining about the thick, gooey coating that protected the tables on the other drill presses.

tables. After cleaning things up, I could see that the cast iron tables were all well-machined. It also gave me a chance to check out the two different types of tables we selected for this tool review. One table is designed for drilling metal, while the other is better suited for woodworking.

To catch lubricants when drilling metal, there's a trough running all the way around the metal-working table, see photos at top of page 25. And the slots don't extend all the way through the table. But these "blind" slots present a problem for a

Drill Presses at a Glance

Models Tested

Price

Quill Travel

Chuck Size

Quill Runout

Motor Size

Bridgewood

$219

33/s"

1/2"

.008"

Vzhp

Grizzly

$280

35/i6"

5/8»

.009"

V2hp

Jet

$319

35/i6"

5/g..

.008"

V2hp

Powermatic

$350

31/4"

1/2"

.004"

3/4hp

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