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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-14-2016, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Home Depot seems to have a good deal on the wen 12" drill press. I want a bench top model to save space. I plan on using this only for wood. I will be adding a second in the future for metal work that will go on the other side of the shop.

The first order of business will be drilling cups for the euro hinges on cabinet doors.

So, what thoughts do y'all have on this unit? Any other suggestions?


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Hey, Dustin; if you add the cost of TWO drill presses together you might be happier with one larger floor model (more HP)?
I've got a JET floor DP and as we speak, I've got the table cranked down to about 24" off the floor so I can fit an 18" long ship's auger into the space created (drilling a deep hole).
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My thought was it would be better to segregate wood working from metal working/automotive.

I figure a smaller h/p bench top model would suffice for woodworking stuff and then just add a floor model down the road once a project comes up where one is required.

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I have a benchtop drill press (basically because I don't have the floor space for the other), not specifically this model, but I do occasionally run into the two limitations that a floor model might resolve. You probably are not going to run into a height issue with your application but check the throat depth ... I bump into this issue (bit to post) quite a bit.
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Bit to post distance is annoying. So is short plunging bit. Table model is OK in a pinch, but it isn't likely to do everything you will want it to do over time.
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Good advice. Thanks.

I've also been eying the Porter Cable floor model at lowes. I may end up going that route.


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Good advice. Thanks.

I've also been eying the Porter Cable floor model at lowes. I may end up going that route.


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The Porter Cable has a 4" quill travel, which you will appreciate over the 3 1/4" of the Wen.

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No comment on the drill press but if you are planning on euro hinges make sure that you don't put a fancy edge on the door. If you do make sure it is done with the proper bit for a euro hinge.
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Dustin,

My son has the Wen drill press and uses it primarily for metal so it would also work fine for wood. I have a Wen combo belt/disc sander and it has worked well for me. For the money, I have been impressed with the Wen brand.

I have a Delta bench top drill press that I purchased in 1991 for my garage/wood shop. There have only been a few instances where I needed a floor model. One was boring a hole through a log for a lamp. In almost every other instance, the bench top model does what I need it to do. My shop is my shared garage and I have no room for a full sized drill press. It really comes down to what type of projects you will be doing.

My second and future retirement home has an 800 sq. ft. unfinished walkout basement that will become my dedicated shop. I will have a full sized drill press and bandsaw at some point in this new shop.

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I have a bench top drill press that usually works for me but in some cases I need more bit to post and travel. That's when my old Shopsmith Mark V comes out to save the day. There have been several times I have thought of selling it but lately I've been using it quite a bit so it is safe again at least for the time being.
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