This is a shop quality drill press. Very good price. Attached LED work lamp is a big plus. Laser guide is great for repetitive work. But has to be realigned each time table is moved up or down. Again...Great price. Delivered to my door. Can't beat that!
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.
I purchased this on line and picked it up from my local store later that day. The easiest thing ever. The assembly instructions are good and the unit is very solid. I'm excited to have it in my shop.
I'll start off by saying for the money I don't really think you'll find a better option. I only have two slight problems with this press. First, the laser system is cheap and flimsy. It shoots two beams of light onto the ****** area which you must line up manually. The beams of light are different widths and therefore one side is brighter than the other, which I don't like. Next once I had the lasers adjusted as close as I could get them I attempted to tighten them down so they'd stay in place...one side immediately stripped out....basically the laser portion of this press is garbage sooo if that's a big selling point for you, I'd move on to a different option. My second complaint is the hand crank for raising and lowering the rack. It fits very loosely and occasionally jumps teeth. It's just a cheaply made cast mechanism that you don't really need much out of so its not really a deal breaker. Overall for the $117 I paid this drill press will work fine for me.
Sears/Craftsman quality and ease of assembly too. Solid drill press; good fit and finish. A lifetime tool no doubt. Curbside pick-up was fantastic. Used the app online and in less than 3 minutes drill press was in my car and I was on the road.......................
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.