The Delta 18-900L 18-inch laser drill press is an excellent choice if you want a floor model drill press with an over-sized table for your home shop or business. When it comes to accuracy, buying a drill press is one of the best purchases a woodworker can make. Aside from cutting pieces of wood to the right dimensions, drilling holes is one of the most common things a woodworker does when making a product by hand.
While using a hand drill is popular, they have a fatal flaw when it comes to wood working. They do not have the accuracy of a drill press. The Delta 18-900L 18-inch laser drill press (or pedestal drill, pillar drill, or bench drill) requires more space than a hand drill, but you can get a more accurate hole drilled with either a bench top drill or a floor model.
If you're here, you already have in mind why you need a drill press. It's because drill presses are more accurate than hand drilling and will give you better quality control over your manufacturing processes. And, I mean even for home workshops. They are faster than hand drills, have more power and are more functional. Drill presses let you accurately drill angled holes into wood or other materials consistently. Being able to turn the work surface makes a big difference when it comes to drilling at angles accurately.
Delta benchtop drill presses are versatile. You can drill in almost any material with a drill press depending upon which delta benchtop drill press model you buy. A standing model will have a larger engine than a bench top drill press and will be more functional if you have a lot of holes to drill for a project. Another benefit of a drill press is being able to control the speed of drilling to achieve the best results. When buying a drill press always consider your budget vs your drilling requirements vs the tools specs. Power, speed, throat depth and adjustability with both the head and the table are important considerations.
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Quality control applies to drill presses. You want to buy a drill press like the Delta 18-900L 18-inch laser drill press that will support your workshop goals and help you make products that you are proud of.
Drill presses in the higher price ranges have a better build quality than less expensive drill presses. They typically incorporate far more advanced technology than their low-cost counterparts. Most of the time, the incorporation of these features reduces the workload on the operator, which can be a veritable boon when working on a tough project for hours.
More expensive drill presses, like the Delta we are reviewing here, have more inclusive RPM ranges and more powerful motors powering the drill than entry level bench top presses like the Skil 3320.
The inclusion of lower RPMs makes it far easier to deal with hard materials such as metal. This is an important attribute because higher RPM motors can overheat and damage your drill press if they are used on materials for that they are not suited.
This makes your drill press more versatile than a hand drill. Buying a free standing drill press will let you work on a lot more materials than a bench top model. This speeds up your work and just makes it all-around more convenient for you.
While the higher price point of a floor model may seem intimidating, you usually get what you pay for, so you can expect a better machine for your money when you are purchasing drill presses in the range of the Delta drill press.
This is not to say that they are always better value for money, but they will be better simply due to the amount of money that went into manufacturing the more expensive product in comparison to the cheaper one.
Most professional woodworkers would opt for a more expensive drill press as opposed to a cheap one simply because the expensive ones tend to be BEASTS with larger with more powerful motors, and less restrictive RPM limits, which is important.
The role of the drill press is to make your shop life easier, your quality control top notch, and your projects successful.
The Delta 18-900L was made for professional woodworkers to utilize to the fullest capabilities. This is reflected in the Delta drill press price (see current price). Because the Delta 18-900L is so pricey, it may be hard to justify purchasing this product if you are not experienced using a drill presses or if you are not passionate about its application. While the Delta 18-900L may be expensive, this drill press packs tons of extras into its relatively large frame.
The Delta 18 900L drill press features a 16 speed motor which will be useful in drilling into most materials you will have at your disposal except for exceptionally thick or hard metals. The provision for the lower RPMs is designed to render this drill press more versatile and usable in a wide variety of applications.
The Delta 18-900L drill press is definitely worth the price. The motor is powerful and features an excellent selection of speeds, spinning up and winding down rather quickly, taking about a minute and a half to go from minimum to maximum speed, which is quite impressive when you remember that the RPM limits on this product are from 170 to 3000.
The six inch quill stroke allows you to bore deeper than other presses would let you. Another excellent aspect is the inclusion of the auto-tensioning belt which automatically adjusts the belt tension to better match the speed your drill is running at. This reduces the number of things that have to be on your mind while working, reducing the chance of a mistake occurring.
Customers mentioned that it may take 2 people to insert the head, which is admittedly quite difficult due to its size. Other customers mentioned that the packaging is questionable, but the build quality was optimal. There seems to be some qualitative discrepancy between the individual machines in this model family so check the comments to see if this machine is right for you.
The Delta 18 900L drill press is an excellent woodworking drill press, but comes in at a higher price than some comparable drill presses. Overall, this is a big drill press with many high-tech features you'll love to use. The Delta 18-900L has, as mentioned, an auto-tensioning belt drive system which allows you to make fast and easy speed changes during use while maximizing transmission efficiency of the machine.
The Delta 18-900L comes with a 6-inch quill stroke for deeper drilling applications and has micro-adjustable depth stops which allows you to zero the scale and set the drill press up for repetitive drilling fast and easy. A twin laser projects a bright red crosshair to pinpoint the exact placement for the bit. It has a shipping weight of 261 lbs and comes standard with a factory warranty of five years. Overall, it has a lot of great features which make it worth the purchase.
If you are looking for a high-quality drill press with many extra features and a great RPM range coupled with a powerful motor, then the Delta 18-900L could be an ideal choice for you. The only gripe we have with this model is the somewhat difficult assembly process, but that is to be expected from a model which weighs 260 lbs.