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.
Assembly was easy. Quality control is poor. The bolts that hold the post to the base were sloppily threaded. The main shaft that the chuck attaches to is slightly off-center result in a wobble of the drill bit and a vibration overall. I am not impressed, and this is not up to the quality that I expect from Craftsman.
This Bench drill is good for the hobbyist and small week end projects, but it not a professional tool
but for the price is a good compromise
ordered this drill press online but they could not ship to my address. closest store is 1hr 45mins away. ok not that big of a deal as I was ordering other items as well so whats a little over 3hrs round trip. 1st my order got delayed several times, one customer rep told me the order was canceled, they even emailed me to confirm this even though it wasn't canceled. My order showed up two weeks late, I'm still only slightly annoyed. get everything home and assembled, find out the drill itself functions perfectly but the laser isn't working, tried new batteries to make sure, still nothing. with closer inspection I notice the contact springs for the batteries are actually rusting and I'm assuming the electronics are fried as well. After about 3 days playing phone tag with several customer service agents, each telling me I need to call a different department I finally get told they can not send me a replacement laser, I would have to return the whole unit and order a new one, with me being stuck with another 3hr round trip. Needless to say I am now using my shiny new drill press without the laser guide, one of the main reasons I didn't just go with a cheaper one.