Tool Test: Woodworker’s Drill Press

Powermatic introduces a machine with features just for woodworkers.
By Robert W. Lang
Page: 30

From the October 2007 issue #164
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A good drill press is an essential power tool in a well-equipped shop. It won’t see as much use as other machines, but there are times when no other machine will do. Unlike saws and surfacing tools that were developed specifically for wood, the drill press has been borrowed from metalworking, and with a few exceptions in the past (Ryobi, Delta), woodworkers have usually had to adapt.

But, the PM2800 variable-speed drill press has been designed for the woodshop and features an expanding table and fence system that might make a machinist scratch his head, but will make woodworkers smile. Also noteworthy is the variable-speed system that lets you dial in the speed you want. No more lifting the top cover, deciphering the speed chart and shifting belts.

From the October 2007 issue #164
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