Monday, May 18, 2015

SKIL 3320-01 120-Volt 10-Inch Drill Press

Skil Drill Press on Amazon

I found myself needing something that I could cut more repeatable holes with and get perfect 90 degree holes with. A cordless drill just wasn't cutting it. I build cabinets and some hinges require a round hole cut along with other around the shop projects. Leatherworking is also a hobby of mine and this press allows many small holes to be accurately placed in a short amount of time. In the 2 years I've been using this one It has cut what I've thrown at it minus a complaint I've left at the bottom.

The base and neck are certainly beefy; they'll hold up to abuse. The rest of the machine may cause concern if you're hard on your tools. I don't do much heavy work but the motor is on the smaller side so I'm watching it carefully. I've had the slightest amount of bog-down when taking a big bit through hardwood but so far it's chewed through. The belt housing is something that makes you a little less confident just because it is a fairly thin gauge steel. It seems like it will dent easily so be aware. The table mechanism seems strong enough but can be a pain to use if you have to move it often. The small lever for loosening it's grip is in the back and could be difficult for large hands. Lastly, it has a sturdy cord, but I wouldn't mind if there was a little more of it.

4 stars-
The only reason I can't give this 5 stars is that I haven't been able to eliminate all the run-out. Run-out is essentially the wobble of the bit which takes away from the ability to be precise. I've tried different methods of seating the chuck and come close but never perfect. This wobbling causes friction on the side of some bits which heats things up and leave the start of the hole a little less clean.

In the end, it really is a good basic drill press that will get the job done. If that's all you're looking for, this is the one for you.

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