In the shop, having the ability to place a dead straight square hole into a square vertical plane is essential. The reason is that the design of the pillar drill press will depend upon how you intend to use it. This article will look at some of the key considerations and designed features to assist you in your selection so that you find the perfect drill for you.
First of all, you need to decide between a corded and cordless drill. The advantage of the cordless variety is that the drill does not require a power cord which makes it more convenient for transporting to different locations and getting to where you want to drill. However, one downside is that the corded drill motor needs to be recharged from time to time. Also, the corded drill is only capable of drilling at one particular speed, whereas the cordless ones have a variable drive belt drive which allows them to run at various speeds.
Secondly, you need to consider the amount of torque that you will require from your pillar drill machine. This will determine the size of the drive belt, and the amount of speed that the motor can run at. In addition, this will influence the size of the chuck that is required as well. A larger drive belt and/or a faster speed will require a larger chuck. The chuck is also designed to accommodate larger and heavier loads; so ensure that your bench height is appropriate for your equipment.
Thirdly, there is the type of chuck that you choose. For example, woodturners will need a heavy-duty drill press with a plate driven by a synchronous drive. Woodturners also benefit from the fact that the heavy-duty type does not need a bench heavy-duty drill machine in order to operate. Furthermore, they can use the drill press without the use of a stand. However, woodturners can be a bit picky and may prefer the ease of using a bench heavy-duty drill machine.
Fourthly, consider the cost and maintenance of each of these types of drill machines. If you are new to using heavy-duty drill machines, you may be better off starting out with a cordless model. They are also more affordable than the corded type. As your experience with using these drilling machines grows, you may want to consider an upgrade to a cordless drill machine later on down the road.
Finally, consider the overall efficiency of each type of drill machine. This will include how tightly the chuck is held in position. Some cordless drill machines will be more efficient than others. You should also take note of how long the cordless drill is able to run before it becomes too weak to drill. Make sure you get the longest cord as you need it for the expected life span of the drill.