Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 81
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AlexS Not bad
Drill press arrived damaged - the table edge was partially cracked. This was not bad enough for me to reject the merchandise. After assembling the press (straightforward process) I was able to do what I wanted to. I would rather the vibration in the drill was less pronounced, but for now it will do it. I wish the bolts/nuts to attach the drill to the desk were provided.
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TRF Excellent Value
I use it for small hobby work and am very happy with it.
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Weekender On the money
Assembly was a snap with good instructions. Everything is aligned perfectly, including the laser. Plenty of drill for my needs.
October 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SandSLeatherworks Great value, great product!
For only $125, it's a great tool. I have a floor standing drill press as well but tired of changing the bits and having a smaller press is just what I needed.
September 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by McCall1 Skil Drill Press
This drill press is a great tool for the price. I plan to use it for homeowner type of project and do not plan to professionally use the product. It is great for large hole saw cuts as well as drilling smaller diameters.
February 11, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Civic Not a bad unit
I am happy with the drill press. The drill chuck is not that great, but at this time that is the only problem that I see.
January 19, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom Unstable Table
This drill press looked like it could have great potential, but I'm really disappointed in the quality.
The huge problem I had with this drill press was the poor quality of the work table. I found that even when it was tightened down, I could shift it side to side by about an inch each way, and I could even move it up and down easily with the crank (see video for a better idea of the horribleness). At one point, I advanced the drill press downward while it was off, and watched the 1/4" bit push the entire table VISIBLY downward. What good is a depth stop if the table doesn't stay in the same place? I couldn't get it to drill a hole in the same spot on a clamped workpiece twice, even when the only thing I was touching on the entire drill press was the handle. The table is a piece of junk that will never produce quality work. I tried shimming it with duct tape (let's hear it for redneck engineering!), and it seemed to tighten it up a bit, but there was still substantial play. Before I write the whole thing off as worthless, I think I'll try some thin metal shims to see if those help any more.
Now that my rant is over, here's what I thought about the rest of the features:
Setup was easy, just follow the included directions. No complaints there. Make sure you clean the spindle well before you install the chuck to make your machine is as accurate as possible.
It's hard to tell what the actual runout on the chuck is, since I don't have a dial indicator and the table is so unsteady. See pictures for how far off it was when I tried to drill the same hole in the same spot.
The laser is a nice feature, but it's hard to adjust and it uses batteries. Why couldn't a small AC to DC converter be included in the same footprint that the battery compartment was? The laser marker consists of two lines that are independently adjustable, forming an oblique X over the work table. The adjustment procedure consists of loosening a set screw for each laser and turning them to the right angle. However, tightening the set screw back up always turns the laser off of its desired position, even if you try to hold the laser still while tightening. The only way I found to be effective was to guess how much to overcorrect the adjustments.
The belts were fairly easy to adjust for the different speeds. The whole motor assembly is on two rails held in place by set screws. Just loosen and pop the belt up or down on the pulleys while turning by hand.
The drill press only has about 2.5" of travel, so it's pretty limited in the depth of holes it can drill. Just know that it's less than the 10" incorrectly listed on the specifications on the website.
Most other reviews I've seen for this press say that it's the best option for the price. Maybe I just got a lemon, but if not I'd recommend saving your money for a better option and buying in the next price bracket up.
December 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Graham Versatility
I have used SKIL products not only here in Canada but in South Africa as well.
I like these products as they not only do the JOB well but they last and are extremely versatile.
This is my first SKIL product purchased in Canada and it definitely will not be the last.
This SKIL Drill Press is easy to use, adjust, change speeds on and change drill bits with a great laser light to center my work project.
May 28, 2016