A drill press, also known as a pillar drill, is stationary form of a hand-held drill. The advantage of drill-press over hand drill is tool's accuracy and power. A drill press is a very valuable tool with several different types and models of drill presses to choose from. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your own drill press.
Floor vs. Bench-Top Model
A floor model is set directly on floor while bench-top model of a drill press is set on a table top. The floor models are typically better buys with more accessories and attachments and are able to handle larger projects than bench-top models. The floor model is always a good pick unless you are looking for something that is a bit more compact to save space for a smaller shop.
Multiple Spindle Speeds
If you plan on using your drill press for woodwork and metalwork, it is important that your drill press has several speeds to suit project you are doing. When working with metal you will want to use lower speeds while wood projects need to be in medium to high range of speeds. For maximum versatility, look for a drill press that can operate between 500-4,000 RPM (a machine that only reaches to 2,000 is suitable if you will only be using it for drilling and not for other projects).
Just like with a car, you want a power tool that has some power. Greater horsepower allows you to drill larger holes through tougher material. You should look for a machine that has at least 3/4 HP.
Drill Press Table
Good drill presses have tables that can be raised, lowered, and swiveled 360 degrees around column of drill press. This allows greater flexibility with your work.
The depth-stop manages depth of hole being drilled by controlling how far quill descends into material. Depth-Stops are a must for projects with repetitive boring in order to keep consistency. Look for a drill press with "Easy-to-Stop" drill feature.