If you’re a woodworker who doesn’t already have a drill press, you might not even realize what you’re missing. This is an important piece of equipment that is irreplaceable once you have one—even woodworkers who prefer using hand tools tend to invest in a drill press. If you’re considering getting a drill press, you might be wondering which is the better option—a floor drill press or a bench drill press.
What is a Drill Press?
A drill press is basically a large drill that bores holes into wood, metal, and other materials by using a drill bit. They can also be used for enlarging and finishing holes.
This may seem like a simple task that can be done with other tools, which is true, but a drill press has a wider range of sizes than many hand tools, and it can drill holes quickly and efficiently, saving you a lot of time and energy on every project. It can also be used in various other ways, such as clearing out deep mortises or threading holes. Whenever you need to drill a lot of holes in a project, you’ll be glad to have a drill press to speed up the process and get precise results every time.
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Floor Drill Press
A free-standing floor drill press is a large piece of equipment that gives you the widest range of utility. They have the best stability, power, and flexibility. In addition, their larger size also means they have a larger table and are capable of handling bigger pieces of material. This is important to note if you work on a lot of large projects.
Unfortunately, a free-standing floor drill press isn’t always the best call, especially if you have limited space. The convenience can’t be matched, but it will be more of a hindrance than a help if you don’t have ample space to set it up and use it.
Bench Drill Press
As you may have guessed, one of the best things about a bench drill press is its smaller size. While this limits its utility a bit, it can still do the same work as a floor drill press, just on a smaller scale. The benefit of this is that it can fit more easily into tighter workspaces such as a packed garage or basement. In addition, the bench drill press will be more affordable than a large free-standing floor drill press. This makes it a better option for hobbyist woodworkers and those who tend to stick to smaller projects that don’t need the larger floor drill press.
As a smaller unit, the bench drill press will need to be placed on a table or stand to be used. It won’t pack as much power as a floor drill press, either. However, for the hobbyist woodworker, it will get the job done without a problem.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
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