There are some workers who are amazing with drills. Their precision is excellent and their craftsmanship is beautiful and professional. If you are not one of these workers, you could greatly benefit from a drill press that can help assist you in your drills.
Drill presses ensure that your holes that you drill are always accurate. There is a lot that does into drilling a hole, from choosing the right position, to angling, to having the patience to get the hole done right. The best drill press stand can do all of these things for you, and then some.
In this review, we will be looking at five popular drill press stands on the market, from brands such as Dremel and Wolfcraft. We will analyze each drill press and point out all their strengths and weaknesses. At the end of our review, we will determine which is the best drill stand that you should get for your next projects.
Without further ado, here are the drill presses that we will review for your consideration.
Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press (Editor's Choice)
6 x 6 x 12 inches
Milescraft 1318 AccuDrill Mate
16.6 x 7.1 x 2 inches
Wolfcraft 4525404 Multi-Angle Drill Guide Attachment
2.9 x 6.2 x 14.4 inches
Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press
7.5 x 5.3 x 13.3 inches
Lukcase Floor Drill Press Stand Table for Drill
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches
This first drill press stand from Dremel comes in a nice grey and blue body. This stand claims to be a three-in-one product: A drill press, a flex shaft tool stand, and a rotary tool holder.
The drill press is capable of drilling holes in 15-degree settings, so if you need to drill something completely straight, or even at 15 or 30 degrees, the 220-01 will be a big help.
The rotary tool holder feature can hold tools horizontally at 90 degrees. With this feature, you can grind metal, and wood into different shapes or polish or buff. The tool you use will be turned on and both your hands will be free to guide your application for what you need it to do.
The flex shaft tool allows you to adjust your drill telescopically from 16 to 29 inches in height. This is a fairly decent range for a drill press stand.
The “crow’s nest” of this drill press stand can be used to store smaller tools like drill bits and wrenches, and it greatly convenient for keeping all your pieces that you use for this stand in one organized place. You will also realize how less messy your table or workbench will end up being.
There are also measurements in imperial and metric, so you can get the right measurements for every project and get drills that are accurately positioned time after time.
So what does the 220-01 not do as good? You won’t get the best stabilization. Many of these unit on the market are crooked, and you will need to go the extra mile to fix this problem so that the stand is completely stable and straight for your drilling jobs. That 15-degree drill, may not be 15 degrees after all.
This next tool is from Milescraft, and it’s more of an attachment for your tool rather than a stand of its own. It comes in a black body with some scarlet red accents. If offers quite a few things that typical bench presses do not, however.
The AccuDrill Mate is a completely portable tool for drilling on your work bench, against a wall, or anywhere that you need to drill something. This tool makes sure that none of your drills or screws are ever crooked or botched, thanks to its centering channels that ensure nothing but perfect holes.
Need angled drills as well? That is not a problem with the AccuDrill Mate, either. With it’s lever, you can adjust the drill in 90, 75, 60 and 45 degrees, so that you can drill holes at a slight slope or a perfect 45-degree slope with none of the sacrifice.
This drill press is compatible with all ½” and ⅜” power drills, and also has a ⅜” capacity chuck and key. It is capable of drilling any round stock that is up to three inches in diameter.
With the AccuDrill Mate, you simply don’t have the stability and the professionalism that a normal drill press stand will offer you. The weight that comes with drill presses helps to anchor your drills down so that they don’t move as you do. This is a portable tool, but you will still need some steady hands to make it work like a real drill press.
Similar to the AccuDrill Mate, the Wolfcraft Multi-Angle is also a portable guide that you can take anywhere with you. It has a chrome body with bluish green accents.
The body is made of aluminum, so that it is corrosion and rust-proof. You will be sure that it will do its job for several years without any signs of slowing down.
One thing that this tool has that Milescraft’s guide does not is a pair of springs inside the guide bars. These springs give your still a fast return when you drill in repetitive motions.
The Multi-Angle can drill angled holes as well. You can set it to 0, 15, 30 and 45, which is pretty much the same as the other drill press stands.
This drill press can fit any ¼” or ⅜” drills. This guide also comes with a ⅜” drill chuck, that can help you gain control when drilling through round bars, pipes and other contoured objects.
The Multi-Angle also has four bumper pads at its base, so that it can resist itself from moving when you have something to drill against a wall or angled surface. You can also mount this guide into a base of your own, so that it turns into a table-top drill dress. For this reason, it has a leg up over Milescraft’s drill press.
The most obvious flaw that we have experiences with this drill press is that the chuck and the chuck key do not communicate all that well. The drill bit will actually end up spinning inside the chuck, which is not all that safe.
This second drill press form Milescraft is a traditional stand. It is made of stainless steel and black plastic.
The 1097 contains a durable metal head that will fit most Dremel-style rotary tools. Sold separately is a 6 by 6-inch steel plate that you can use as a strong foundation to ensure drilling that is always straight and level. Chances are, you will not need to install a base, though, as the bottom itself is mostly sturdy enough.
This is a very lightweight drill press. It weighs just a pound and you can easily carry it around. Keep in mind, though, this is not a portable drill press. The 1097 contains a 13 and a half inch support column to fit into a separate stand that you own or need to buy.
The metal rack that this drill press includes contains loaded springs so that you always get drills that are smooth and completely controllable. You can lock tools in a horizontal position so that you can have your hands free to work on certain applications.
Our biggest concern with the 1097 is that the plastic parts are not all that strong enough. They are rather flimsy and you should not expect them to last very long. With modifications, however, you could replace the flimsy plastic parts with higher-quality parts.
Like Dremel’s drill press stand, this stand is a three-in-one tool. It can serve as a drill press, hold tools horizontally and holds flex shafts. The appearance of this drill press stand is rather questionable, with bright lime green and yellow parts.
The flex shaft tool lets you adjust your drill in between 16 to 29 inches in height. This is about even with Dremel’s drill press.
This drill press stand can be mounted onto a base for reinforced stability. even though the bottom itself is pretty sturdy enough, you should add a base just for that perfect amount of stability that every worker loves to have.
Lukcase’s drill press stand secures our drill in a tight clamp that rotates. It sort of resembles a gun inside a holster. The clamp rotates freely from 0 to 90 degrees, so you can drill holes from literally any angle. The clamp can be locked into place so that it doesn’t move as you drill.
There is just something not quite right with this drill press stand, however. When we used this drill press, it didn’t feel that professionally made in our hands, outside from the base. There are a couple of more drill presses in this review that we have felt more comfortable with using.
There are various factors for a drill press stand that you should take into account.
Arguably the most important of all factors, you need to be sure that the drill press stand that you buy works with your drill. Not all drill press stands are compatible with the drill or drills that you already own. Some drill presses only work with specific drills of the same exact brand.
Durability and accuracy go hand in hand when it comes to drill presses. The better construction your drill press has, the more accurate that your drilling will be. Furthermore, solid metal construction means that your drill press will last for a long time. Always choose a known brand of drill press to guarantee that the quality is there.
Not always will you have your drill drilling holes at a downward angle. Sometimes, you will need to drill horizontally or at an irregular angle. Some drill presses come in angular settings of 15-degree increments, and this is usually great enough for most of the time.
A base that is large and stable is vital to keep the drill steady and accurate. The base is the part of the drill press that holds the entire weight. Therefore, it must be large and heavy to provide stable support. It should not wobble or squeak, and it should be very hard to move once it is placed onto a flat, smooth surface.
The drill press stand that you should buy is none other than the Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press.
This was a unanimous decision, as this is a three-in-one drill press that comes with features that the other drill presses do not have. With it’s compartments for drill bits, you are sure to never lost any parts or pieces that you need for your drilling endeavors.
All in all, this is a great and professional drill press that the others do not compare with. The stand might be a little wobbly depending on the exact one you buy, but you can easily do something about it by yourself.