If drilling metal is a way of life for you, you might want to consider getting a drill press. These powerful machines are very versatile and can make your life a lot easier.
Here we lay out 5 reasons you need a drill press for your metalworking projects.
Drilling holes becomes much more accurate
Most of the time, drilling a single hole by hand can be accomplished with fairly good results. However, drilling more than one accurately by hand can be a challenge.
With a drill press you can accurately drill holes all day long, producing same size, round (not oblong which at times you may get with a hand drill) and equal depths.
Tapping holes is a lot easier
Tapping holes is a necessity and can be difficult to do by hand when you have many holes to tap.
How convenient would it be to run the tap into a pre-drilled hole and with a flip of a switch extract it, time after time? A drill press can do that.
You can make swirl patterns on your material like a pro
If you’re a gear head building your dream car and want to make a little swirl mark job on your dash panel, what’s the best way to do it on a budget? A drill press!
Using a brush or abrasive wheel you can duplicate the swirl pattern over your entire panel surface. This is a great way to customize or hide fingerprints and scratches on whatever panel you need.
Never deal with a locked-up drill bit again
Have you ever locked up a drill bit and had to twist around your wrists to angles you never knew you could just to get it out? Never experience this again by using a drill press.
Simply clamp the part into a vise on a nice firm drill press table, set your speed and run down the hand wheel giving you the hole you need without endangering yourself, others, or the part.
Get the right drilling capacity every time
Ever ground down the drill bit shaft so you can “exceed” the hand drills capacity? Most of us have done this, the art of drill manipulation! Does your 1/2" drill bit not fit the 3/8" drill chuck? Just turn it down! Then exceed the drill's capacity.. and now you're in trouble.
Solve this by getting a drill press with the capacity you need. They come with either a MT 2 / MT 3 / MT 4 to give you bigger capacities without modifying the drill bits. You can also insert the chuck for your smaller, straight bits. No cobbling, no effort just the right way of doing things.