For a small, bench-top drill press, used only for woodworking applications, this machine does a fine job. There is very little wobble in the spindle, the chuck is well-machined and holds a variety of bits firmly while being easy to adjust. The table is solid and firm, although it has a tendency to shift significantly left-and-right while being adjusted up and down. The light is a nice feature. Speed adjustments are easy and fast. I have not had a problem with power on this unit, even cutting hard maple, oak, and cherry. If your bits are sharp and you don't try to cut too fast (it's a drill, not a punch), the machine is not under-powered. Long-term performance as-yet unknown but out of the box it's a fine machine.
when i opened the box i found some small screws,as i put it together i didn't come up short any screws or parts! when i turned it on,would not run,turned motor by hand & it made a scrunching sound,found missing screws on the fan guard on motor,took off the fan guard,it had plastic washers laying inside which hit the fan,put it back together,runs ok,made in china,what can i say? i know!! they should not put the name "craftsman" on it.
This is an insurance replacement drill press for an older model that was damaged in a facilities water issue. This drill press has a few extra options over the older 9" model that we had. It has a drive gear and crank for the table, it has the laser alignment and an LED light. The LED light does not seem to hold its position, every time I try to aim it it springs a long way away from the work. I can't seem to ever get it to align properly so its pretty much useless. I am not too sure about the laser alignment. Because of the natural parallax the sight has to be aligned every time you adjust the level of the table or even use different sized stock. It might be OK for lesser experienced people to align their work but even then it seems like such a complicated procedure to align everything that it would be difficult for the lesser experience person to properly align and will ultimately take the experienced person more time to do this alignment than it is worth. The only time it might be worth using this laser sight is if you are drilling a bunch of holes in the same stock. This would be a very usable drill press and seems like it is very comparable in construction to the older model -- of course I cannot verify these statements because the chuck that was supplied with my drill press has a significant amount of rust around the gear ring. I turned the chuck a few times and it turned very rough the first couple times, indicating that the rust was even internal tot he chuck, so I needed a replacement. I called warranty to see if I could get a new chuck shipped to no avail. they transferred me to someone else who basically said they were surprised I got transferred to them. They did some "paperwork" though and tried to transfer me to parts but instead disconnected me. I called parts and they said they don't do warranty claims and sent me back to the store who directly sent me back to calling warranty. I even tried some online warranty form and got an email response to call warranty. So needless to say a week after I assembled the drill press and hoping to get some actually work done I am still trying to get a replacement chuck and can't use my new drill press. So unfortunately, this drill press gets a very low rating and seriously would not recommend working with Sears because it is just too difficult to get a warranty issue resolved for a shiny new tool that hasn't even been used yet!
Pick up this press for simple around home projects. It was easy to assemble and use. The flexible light it a nice feature. Overall cant complain for under $100
I am very happy with the 10" Bench Drill press. It adjusts easily to any position for varied work and performs well. The light is a nice touch but the laser does not help much. The unit is very heavy so it really needs its own stand or location for permanent fixture unless the user is pretty stout. Comes easy to setup and get started.
I've been researching lower end drill presses (for light woodworking tasks) for some time and decided on this Craftsman unit. Unpacked it today and spent a good hour-plus assembling the unit. Got to the final laser alignment step and the motor only hums. Tried multiple belt speeds (even no belt) and the motor just hums. Another 1/2 hr taking it all apart and a deadlift into my truck for tomorrows return. I guess I'll try one more time before looking into another brand. Sorry to see Craftsman tools have turned into ************** junk.
I was a little skeptical when I bought this, but after setting it up and running it, the spindle is very stable, other drill presses I've used have a wobbly spindle, this one is stable. The table finish wasn't the greatest, you can tell it's made of chinese steal, there were some little pits in the table and the grinded finish isn't the greatest on the table, but it's a table. For the price, it's a good drill press.
Overall this is a great drill press for the money. There is one area that could be improved. The crank for positioning the work platform could be angled back so the handle does not come forward of the post. As it is now, the handle interferes with the owner's ability to install a fence without providing a cutout for the handle. This is the only issue, and it is a minor one, so still a very good bang for the buck.
Broken switch cover out of the box, Laser didn't work at all. Not sure why you would need one (at least for my level of experience), Ordered replacement cover online, which went pretty smooth will review again once the switch cover comes in. Wish me luck to see what is wrong with the drill press that I will pick up today.