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WEN 12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press
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WEN

12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press

  • Locking linear depth stop for accurate drilling operations
  • Cast iron worktable bevels up to 45 Degree left and right
  • Infinitely variable speed range 580-3200 RPMS,
$19688 /each
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Product Overview

Remember when power tools were actually powerful? WEN's 12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press is a powerhouse for your shop. This bench-top, cast iron drill press has the power to drill through metal, wood and other materials. Max drill capacity is 5/8 in. and 1 in. thick cast iron. The variable speed feature allows you to target in the exact speed (infinitely from 580-3200 RPM) that works for your project. While you are working you simply move a lever and adjust the speed as needed. No pulleys and belts to change. Our design uses a mechanical variable speed which allows for the same power and torque through the entire speed range. A digital readout powered by LED's displays the running speed. Constructed with a rigid frame consisting of cast iron ensures accurate holes. Its powerful induction motor features ball bearings for an extended life and smooth and balanced performance even at high speeds. The 5/8 in. chuck with MT2 spindle taper gives you versatility with a variety of bits and features on-board chuck key storage, so you never have to hunt around for it. Worktable bevels 45 degree left and right for those tricky operations for the perfect right angles. Base has predrilled holes for mounting onto a bench or work stand. Slotted table allows for mounting clamps and vises for effective mounting. The X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials. Remember when you could drill with laser precision? Remember WEN.

  • Includes drill press, mechanical variable speed, laser, table roller extension, 5/8 in. keyed chuck and key, tools for assembly
  • Mechanical variable speed delivers equal torque throughout the range, LED read out displays speed
  • Spindle travel of 3-1/8 in. with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for repeatable drilling operations
  • Durable 2/3 HP induction motor develops ample torque and power
  • 9-1/2 in. x 9-1/2 in. cast iron worktable features rack and pinion height adjustment
  • Laser target your drilling operation marked with an X-pattern display



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$179.05 /each
$196.88 /each
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$239.00 /each
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$384.99 /each
Name 10 in. Variable Speed Drill Press 12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press 12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press with Laser 14 in. Floor Drill Press
Brand WEN WEN General International General International
Ratings (83) (239) (2) (3)
Bench or Stationary Bench Bench Bench Stationary
Chuck Capacity 1/2 In. 5/8 In. 3/5 In. 5/8 In.
Number of Speeds 20 20 20 12
Voltage (volts) 120 120 120 110
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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)
17
Product Height (in.)
37
Product Width (in.)
13.5

Details

360- Degree Swivel
No
Amperage (amps)
4.8
Bench & Stationary Tool Type
Drill Press
Bench or Stationary
Bench
Built-In Light
Yes
Chuck Capacity
5/8 In.
Chuck Key Storage
Yes
Color Family
Yellow
Cord Length (ft.)
9.8
Lockout Power Switch
Yes
Magnetic
No
Maximum Speed (rpm)
3200
Minimum speed (rpm)
580
Number of Speeds
20
Product Weight (lb.)
89lb
Reconditioned
No
Returnable
90-Day
Spindle Travel
3.125
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Voltage (volts)
120
Work Light
Yes

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
No Certifications or Listings
Manufacturer Warranty
Two year limited warranty of WEN products for home use with receipt (see page 31 of manual).

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Customer Questions & Answers

What is the width between bit and column?

What the the distance is between the column stand and the drill bit. I need at least 7.5" clearance for my project otherwise, I can't reach the holes with the drill bit.
Asked by: Carl
this is a 12'' drill press the distance = 6'' from chuck center to column edge { this is called the swing ]
Answered by: Paws
Date published: 2017-06-04

The digital read out stays on when I shut the press down. Does the read out remain on as long as ...

The digital read out stays on when I shut the press down. Does the read out remain on as long as the drill is pulled in. I am going to make a switched receptacle, so the digital readout will shut off. I just wanted to run this buy you guys. Seems like wen could of put a timed relay got the readout to go off. Other then this small complaint the drill press is built well.
Asked by: Pete
See my previous answer to this question. Solution costs $11 from Amazon.
Answered by: timtown
Date published: 2017-05-30

Can you lock it at a given depth to use it for light milling (I know, not recommended)?

Can you lock it at a given depth to use it for light milling (I know, not recommended)?
Asked by: TomOH
Yes, I used it to 'mill' a slot in a featherboard.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2017-01-31

How high of a workbench do you have your 12" Wen drill press on?

Asked by: Samo
I have mine on a desk top height bench.
Answered by: Leer007
Date published: 2016-12-20
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Customer Reviews

12 in. Variable Speed Drill Press is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 239.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drill was very easy to assemble. I purchased due to the MANY positive reviews. I reviewed plenty ... Drill was very easy to assemble. I purchased due to the MANY positive reviews. I reviewed plenty of presses before I chose this one. Everything was exactly as described and looked great with no damage. There was only two minor things I could find wrong with my unit. It was missing a bolt for the table slide roller & it made a really loud vibrating noise when I first started it. I took the cover off and played around with it. It is very smooth and quiet now, so something must have been hitting the cover. I haven't tried drilling any steel yet, but seems like it will do the job. Can't beat the price!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a really nice, slightly oversized drill press! Price is wonderful particularly if you ha... This is a really nice, slightly oversized drill press! Price is wonderful particularly if you have it delivered to a local store. VERY heavy, but it is assembled in sections, each of which is manageable. Packaged in foam, so even with small tears in package, product was pristine. This is almost identical (diffeent paint job) to a name brand unit that cost another $170 more. Same motor. No discernable runout, and the variable speed control is far easier than fiddling with belts and pullies. The digital RPM readout makes it easy to use the correct speed for the material. Short of a full size, floor model, this is a top of the line tool.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have had two other drill presses in the past but this one is better by far, I have had this one... I have had two other drill presses in the past but this one is better by far, I have had this one for about three weeks and have used it several times, I really like the verifiable speed function, the laser beam and light make it very easy to work on different projects. When I was looking on line for a new drill press and came upon the 12 in. WEN with the variable speed, that got my attention, the projects I work on sometimes require at least a 3 in. spindle travel, and this press was just what I was looking for, and the $232.00 price made it a no brainer. I wouldn't consider using either one of the other presses again. A very satisfied owner. Gary Hector
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fedex Delivered 4 days after order was submitted...Unpacked in... Fedex Delivered 4 days after order was submitted...Unpacked in my work shop and completely assembled in less than 1 hour. This 12" Wen replaces a 10' Craftsman. The Wen is well constructed, smooth, and quiet. It has been above expectations for the price. I love the Variable Speed control and Laser....Highly recommend....I may even buy my Mother-in-law one of these for her Birthday....!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the cost! Only had for a few weeks. I was concerned most that there would be w... Definitely worth the cost! Only had for a few weeks. I was concerned most that there would be wobble in the drill bits as this is a less expensive model--but to my pleasant surprise there is virtually no wobble that I can detect at the point of the bit. It does make some strange noises/vibration as I adjust the variable speed lever...but I'm wondering if the belts or spindles just need to be lubricated? Will attempt to remedy, but this is a small gripe. So far, VERY happy with purchase. Much less than other comparable Drill Presses, actually looks identical to the JET 12 in Benchtop variable speed model, just a lot less expensive!!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spec-wise, this drill press (DP) is quite impressive and Home Depot had a great price on it over ... Spec-wise, this drill press (DP) is quite impressive and Home Depot had a great price on it over the Black Friday weekend. While researching DPs online, reviews (from multiple retailers) on this DP swung from really good to really bad. The really good reviews made me want the DP; the really bad reviews made me nervous. So, rather than ordering via an online-only retailer where I'd have to ship a bad DP back to the seller, I decided to take a chance and order it from Home Depot online with local store pickup. Glad I decided to go that route because the first one I got was a dud. The belt mechanism didn't work properly and there weren't any instructions on how to adjust it. After just a few changes of speed, the belt was so loose that it wasn't turning the bit at all and further adjustments of the speed didn't do anything! However, I was still intrigued, so I ordered another one for home delivery. I decided to wait to return the first one until I got the second one. That way, if the second one was bad, I would be able to return them both with a single trip to the store. As it turned out, the second one was a keeper. I took the first one back to the store and got a full refund - no problem. This all happened within 2 weeks. Delivery was very fast to both the store and to my house and free in both cases. As for the unit that I kept, there are still a couple of issues. One is that the fence is bent at more than a 90 degree angle, so if you try to clamp a piece of wood to it, it will not be square with the drill bit. The table also seems to be a little bit off square, front to back, compared to the drill bit. The extendable support is just OK. I'm not concerned about those issues as I plan to build my own table/fence and will adjust for the table issue at that time. The continuous variable speed is really nice - no need to move the belt onto different pulleys. The LED that displays the speed stays on all the time that the drill is plugged in. I just added a little $5 switch between the DP plug and the outlet so I can turn off all power to the DP (which turns off the light) with a simple button. DP is very quiet. All of the DPs I looked at locally had a lot of plastic parts but this DP is all metal. The chuck will handle bits from .8mm (tiny) to 16 mm. This drill press is suspiciously similar to the JET JDP-12. The content of the manuals is very similar, except that the JET is written better with nice photos instead of black and white drawings. If you want better pictures with the instructions, download the JET manual. In fact, the chuck is stamped with "JT3" which sounds like it could be a JET part number. All in all, a nice drill press, but I only recommend taking a chance on it if you are close enough to a Home Depot store to return it if you get a dud. Good luck!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price point I found this to be a pretty good drill press. I like the work light and the l... For the price point I found this to be a pretty good drill press. I like the work light and the laser center finding device although it did require adjustment. The speed control is the most convenient to use of any drill press in this class, no need to fumble with belts and pulley's. The press was easy to unpack and assemble. If you are a wood worker you will most likely find it to have plenty of power but as I primarily work in metal I find this drill press to run to fast even at it's lowest speed setting and I also find it to be underpowered for my needs. I would recommend this drill press to someone who is a wood worker or for very light use in metal work.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I just put this unit together and i must say that i am very impressed at this point. The assembl... I just put this unit together and i must say that i am very impressed at this point. The assembly, which i was kind of dreading, was very simple and straightforward. The instructions were excellent and i was very impressed with he quality of the unit itself. The chuck is first rate, the fit and finish are better than i expected for a Chinese product. The variable speed works very well and it think it is a function i will appreciate more as time goes on. Everything was in the box as specified. Easily cleaned. The laser is spot on and the light is great. It runs smooth so far. I only made a few holes with it, but it seems to be very well suited for my purposes. i like it a lot. I didn't give it five stars because nothing is perfect. Well, except me.
Date published: 2017-04-04
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