There are several big tool companies that make different types of press. Delta, and Northern Industrial are a couple of those companies. Delta has various models with different motor sizes including the ½ horsepower motor, the ¾ horsepower motor, and of course the 1 horsepower motor. Northern Industrial also has quite a few different models and varying motor speeds. There are a few other notable companies that produce presses such as: Craftsman, Wilton, and Powermatic. However, Delta seems to be one of the most popular.
I recently completed a side-by-side comparison review of 3 drill presses from three different manufacturers. The Powermatic 2800 PM was, by far, the most expensive I reviewed. The other 2 drill presses I considered are competitive with each other and list for about half the price of the Powermatic. I am discussing the 2800 PM as an example of what a drill press could be if money were no object. The other drill presses I reviewed were both very capable machines and would definitely do the job in an average woodworking shop.
This drill press features twin LED lights, mounted in the head that do not cast shadows, head-mounted twin lasers that pinpoint the drill point, a 16″ x 14″ table with twin T-slots that expands to 16″ x 26″ when needed to support large work pieces. The table tilts left or right 90 degrees with a positive stop at zero degrees. A large handle makes raising or lowering the table easy. An additional, unique feature that is included in the price of this machine is an adjustable split fence with a dust collection port. A fence is essential to production work so plan on buying or making one if you don’t buy this machine.
A drill press can be used for a lot more than drilling if you have the right attachments and accessories. These extra uses include sanding, grooving, and mortising. Mortise attachments are very popular, allowing you to drill precise mortises with your drill press. As with all major power tools that are purchased, one should make sure that the tool can be upgraded and serviced. Are there repair parts readily available? It is important that your drill press can be easily serviced when needed.