Need a drill press for my shop. Not sure if I should just go with a benchtop or if I should consider a floor standing model. Any thoughts on what you think is best? Anyone by one and wish they had gotten the other?
I got the 12" Delta benchtop model a couple of years ago. It is a solid, dependable tool. I would not buy another benchtop model though. The quill travel on benchtop models is about 2.5 inches. Full size drill presses typically have closer to 4" of quill travel. When I bought this drill press I tought that 2.5 inches of travel was more than enough. I have regretted this decision on about half of the projects I've worked on.
Get the floor model. It may take up floor space and weigh more but you can always build a stand with locking wheels for it. Mine stands in the corner when I'm not using it. That way I have more room for my table saw or whatever. I believe the floor models also have more speed options than the models.
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