This tool is a Monster, I have it set to the Lowest RPM setting and haven't needed to go any higher. I don't trust the Laser Trac, have adjusted it many times, so you just have to spot the drill bit before drilling. I Have used it for drilling hardwoods and Aluminum. It is really an Excellent Tool.
I keep it in a detached garage, exposed to winter's frosts and summer heat, abuse it without any regard including uses for which it was not designed, and still works like new. On the "you get what you pay for" side of the medal, the laser trac is pretty useless, I can get more precise without it.
Does what I wanted it to do. I did remove the laser thing because it seemed to get in the way more than I used it. Plus, by the time I got it adjusted, I could have gone faster without it. But I've had it for a few years and used it for all kinds of work and it's a nice, flexible piece.
Some assembly required, Upon completion the chuck wobbles. Specifically bought this one over **************'s model because of the above complaint. Not impressed. Should have bought a used, pro grade model.
I'm pretty meticulous about my tools, so I took my time assembling and putting anti-seize where I though it was needed. My drill runs straight and true, according to my engineering squares. The problem that I have had ever since I got it is the laser alignment. As others have found, it's nearly useless. I finally hit upon the idea of using a 4 mm Al rod in the chuck to see if that would help. The reason for this is that the laser reflecting off a drill bit is scattered all over, and on top of that, the "laser" beam is pretty wide for figuring locations. But the laser beam should run straight down the MIDDLE of the ROD on both sides. Sure enough, the beam runs straight down the left side of the rod, but it runs diagonally down the right side of the rod. I could not find any adjustment, using screws (1) and (2) (see the manual, p15), that would get the right side beam to track the rod down the middle. The result is that the beam intersection varies with height.
For the ocassional use, you can't beat this machine.
I've had this item for one day and so far I love it. It assembled beautifully and so far runs great.
Drill press works great. Only beef is the chuck that came with the press was not true. I bought a new chuck from Enco for about 15 dollars, now no complaints. Speed changes are a breeze, drills true, no issues with large bits or small. Laser is kind of useless, but otherwise I am very happy with my little press.
Purchased this drillpress for a project I was working on, easy setup, powerful, does not bog down in hardwood. LaserTrac and fence useless. Highly recommend. I used to buy Ryobi power tools, I forgot about Craftsman, I now own 4 very pleased with quality and performance.
I always go with Craftman tools for their quality, but this time I feel like I could have paid half the price at ************** and got the same thing. It's assembled such that housing for the motor is crooked (looks like it fell of a truck), the labels looked like they were applied by a child, the latch for the belt cover does not funtion. The instructions were clearly written overseas by someone who does not speak English and I eventually had to throw them out and assemble the unit from the picture on the front, because they were wrong! I need to rethink going with Craftman on blind faith, that is for sure.