For precise and/or serial drilling!
Professional or economic category for DIY enthusiasts, here is my selection of best drill presses Of the market !
Einhell TE-BD 750 E
Editor’s note: 5 / 5 | Reward : See the price on Amazon
With a fully height-adjustable drilling table, which can also be tilted, swiveled or equipped with an extension! This Einhell column drill has been designed to meet all needs and is also equipped with a silent 750W induction motor to combine performance and comfort of use. Its spindle rotation is continuously adjustable, from 450 to 2500 rpm, and even an LCD screen lets you see your chosen settings in real time. This spindle is also mounted on a high quality ball bearing to ensure long life. As for the self-adjusting chuck, it can accommodate all common drills, from 1 to 16 mm, and the column can drill up to 80 mm deep. Finally, for perfect visibility of the work to be done, an LED illuminates the entire surface of the drilling table.
My opinion : Einhell did a very good job with this exercise. Of all the ones I’ve tried, this is by far my favorite! It all starts with the assembly: it comes pre-assembled and what remains to be done is quite simple. All parts breathe in addition to build quality. But it is especially in use that it becomes very pleasant. It is super functional and I really appreciate the many details such as the LCD screen which allows you to check the speed and depth at a glance or even all the possible settings (from resistance to speed). To be even more precise, the LED lighting could have been accompanied by a laser, but this is only a detail. Very efficient, it can be perfectly suitable for semi-professional use and for this price, I recommend it without hesitation!
Editor’s note: 4.5 / 5 | Reward : See the price on Amazon
Thanks to its many technical features, Fartools can guarantee a professional result! For drilling and boring, this column drill is really very efficient, thanks in particular to its powerful 750 W motor and its rotation speed of 180 to 2770 rpm thanks to a mechanical variator. Equipped with a self-adjusting chuck with a capacity of 1 to 16 mm, its spindle also offers a stroke of 85 mm, enough to be useful in all types of materials. The drilling table is rotatable and tiltable, enough to work with precision, especially since a laser makes it possible to check the exact place where the drilling will be carried out. A 180mm gooseneck, depth stop, as well as a vice and fixings complete the package to offer both performance and versatility.
My opinion : This Fartools is a very good exercise. After testing it and pushing it to the limits of its capabilities, I confirm that it has both the power and the drilling and precision capability to match a professional, even semi-professional environment. It delivers beautiful results and is as simple as it is convenient to use. I also found the precision laser to be a very interesting detail, which corresponds well to what can be expected from a machine of this category, which takes care in its design. It is also the central element that allows it to stand out from other models of the same caliber such as the Einhell that I presented to you just before. Its price is still quite high, but it is a good alternative and therefore I have no problem recommending it!
Editor’s note: 4 / 5 | Reward : See the price on Amazon
For pleasant, effortless and ultra-precise work! This Bosch 710 W column drill has 2 drilling speeds (from 200 to 850 rpm, then from 600 to 2500 rpm) with electronic regulator for perfect homogeneity. Equipped with a 1.5-13mm chuck (automatic, quick-change), its drilling stroke reaches 90mm and it is able to drill a diameter of 13mm in steel and 40mm in metal. wood. Its main advantage, however, comes from its digital display which displays both the depth and the drilling speed to reproduce the same advances in series, especially since a depth stop is provided. Thanks to an LED lamp that illuminates the workpiece, as well as a laser that displays the exact location, the work is carried out with extreme precision!
My opinion : If you are looking for a drill to make your DIY and renovation work easier and you don’t need a professional machine, you should definitely be interested in this Bosch. This is for me one of the best quality / price ratios that can be found! What I liked is that it doesn’t just work once it’s properly installed. It is also committed to a much more accessible format, especially for individuals and DIYers at home. It’s significantly more compact and lighter than other models, so you don’t need a super strong or really big workbench to use it. And while I agree the laser could have been aligned more precisely with the drill tip, it’s still very useful. It is therefore a very good choice!
Editor’s note: 4 / 5 | Reward : See the price on Amazon
This Ryobi is a drill press that can be used for all kinds of drilling whether in wood, metal or even plastic. Also ideal for serial drilling, it is equipped with a cross-shaped laser pointer to demonstrate its precision (clamps of all brands can also be fitted) and its large tilting table from -45° to +45° also makes it possible to work at an angle, left and right. Equipped with 5 speeds (510, 800, 1300, 1800 and 2430 rpm), it also has a 13 mm chuck which guarantees optimal results even in large diameters (64 mm max. in wood, 13 mm in steel). Thanks to its triple handle, it finally offers an excellent grip and since its base is made of cast iron, it is also stable and solid.
My opinion : This Ryobi drill press is also quite interesting if you are going to use it for your housework, for DIY at home. Efficiency is not lacking, but with a 390W motor it is clearly not powerful enough for professional use. On the other hand, it is easy to assemble and use, which is ideal if this is your first machine of this type. It also knows how to be practical with its tilting table, but also with its always reassuring laser to make sure you drill in the right place. On the other hand, plan the purchase as well as the vices if you do not have any at home, they are all the same essential for a good use but none are included… For the price, which remains accessible, it is a good alternative for small jobs!
Parkside PTBM 500 B2
Editor’s note: 3 / 5 | Reward : See the price on Amazon
This Parkside has everything that makes a drill stand out. For drilling in wood, metal or plastic, it has 5 speeds ranging from 500 to 2500 rpm, a high quality 3-16mm chuck as well as a 50mm stroke. Thanks to a graduated scale, it is also very easy to control the depth level to reproduce it during serial drilling. Its table is also adjustable, either in height or in inclination (from -45° to +45°, from left to right). It is also equipped with a vice to firmly hold the piece to be drilled, while for greater comfort of use, a return spring allows the lever to be raised without having to exert too much effort.
My opinion : Obviously, you can’t expect great performance from a cheap drill press! This Parkside is not the most powerful nor the most precise that I have had in my hands, and I must admit that even in terms of manufacturing quality and finishes, the difference is noticeable with a Bosch or a Ryobi. However, it should not necessarily be put aside, especially for occasional use. Right now, she’s still capable of doing the job that’s expected of her, and that’s what matters. Especially since it has all the features that matter. If you are very aware that when choosing a low price you cannot be too demanding, this could be the perfect fit for you!