I did a lot of research before purchasing the Craftsman drill press and read many, many reviews. For me, it came down to the WEN 10" press or the Craftsman. They were within a few dollars of each other and had very similar specifications and features. What eventually sold me on the Craftsman was that I could pick it up locally and be able to return it if there were any problems. The other deciding factor was the Craftsman had a very bright LED light on a flexible neck. The WEN light was fixed and mounted behind the spindle. All other features were equal. Assembly of the drill press was straight forward. I followed the instructions thoroughly and made sure I cleaned all the surfaces as instructed before they were assembled. Everything went together easily. When I turned it on, there was some rumbling and vibration in the top producing a slight rattle in the lid. I found that the belt tension was too tight. Relaxing the tension eliminated all of the noise and the drill press ran quite and smooth. The spindle exhibited no wobble or run out. I did not use an indicator to measure it but visually it looks great. There was some strong tension when pulling on the arms to lower the spindle. I found the return spring to be a little tight so I loosened the tension by one notch using the instructions as a guide. Then I lubricated the spindle shaft and rack using white lithium grease. Afterwards the spindle lowered and retracted very smoothly. I also made sure a drill placed in the spindle was square with the table. The motor seems strong and I have had no trouble drilling wood. I have not tried drilling any metal but I don't anticipate any problems. This is obviously not a machine shop quality press, but for the DIY'er like me it is a great value for the money. After building a 36" rolling cart for the press, I now have a great tool I can move around my workshop. I did not receive any consideration from Sears or anyone else for this review. I highly recommend the Craftsman 10" drill press. It is a great value and performs well if you follow the directions during assembly and make sure everything is well lubricated.
The online description for this press says "six amp motor". It is actually only a 3.2 amp motor as I found out the hard way. Chinese made, so fairly cheap quality, especially the little LED light.
Bought about a month ago. Laser has never worked out of the package, but because of having to build the unit, I've not tried to return it.
Always wanted one
This is overall a great drill press and would buy it again! The first one I order came in the mail and was broken. kinda sucked because it was a father's day gift for my husband. Took it back and got a new one and it's worked great ever since. This cuts the time to make thing in half and has been great for all mine and my husbands projects.