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I'm a BIG drill press fan, I think every shop should have one. Now I'm not sure of what you are thinking of buying but if the drill press is to small (as I stated I am a fan of bigger drill presses) it may not give you the utility that you need. I would say about 12" is but less then say 9" is a major limit to your woodworking. Second it needs to be able to spin down to let you drill with larger bits (i.e. 1-3/8 Forstner bits recommender speed in hardwood is 250 rpm.... softwood 500 rpm.). A quill of at least 4", a 1/2" chuck, easy to adjust depth stops and speed changes sure help. Some of the bench ones are simply underpowered and not made for a woodworker.

So yes get a drill press but shop around and look at the specifications.....

Ed
 
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