Very easy to use. The laser is great.
This seems to be a great drill press for my needs.
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.
First thing i found is that the warning on the box states (band saw) when its a drill press, i did not get get the item out of the box all the way before finding broken plastic, when i look to see what the plastic is from i found that its goes to a small electrical component that is inside the drill casing, this would make me think that the item was put in the box broken as the packing was way over done so i see no way it could have been broke in shipping. drill press is going back.
Replaced my smaller 25 years old press with this model. Very solid. The laser light is helpful. The table lock is cumbersome. Otherwise a fantastic tool.
Bought this DP from Osh during their Craftsman sale, brought it home and took it out of the box. The assembly instructions were easy to follow, took about 30 minutes. Right off the bat I noticed an issue with the gear and notched bar that lowers and raises the table, it would not go up or down smoothly, I had to crank it up and down forcefully until the gear shaped the notched bar to the correct shape. I powered the machine and started checking to see what adjustments had to be made. I noticed the chuck sleeve was wobbling, the chuck body seemed decent but not perfect. The worst issue was a that the drill press head vibrated on and off, I noticed the pulleys wobbled up and down a bit which seemed to cause the vibration on the whole head. I ended up returning the machine. The store associate told me he'd seen a few of these be returned with similar quality issues and it was kinda hit or miss with craftsman, they are good drill presses when they work right.
Overall very satisfied with this drill press. Size and price are right for the home shop....Don't let any reviews of difficult assembly scare you off...its really pretty easy to get it together if you're even a little bit mechanically inclined.
The drill press has a bright light that will illuminate the work area.. Plenty of clearance for the press to drill. The laser guidance is ok, not too accurate, but a nice addition. Plenty of power and speed.
Craftsman now manufactured in China, poor quality. Collar setscrew is off centered. Snug the allen wrench on collar to keep the rack and pinion from moving and it snapped in half.
Great features for home workshop-good power and easy to move from table to bench. Keep mine on the side and move to the work station when needed. About 65 pounds and top heavy but works for me.