Shop Fox W1667 drill press has some awesome features for a benchtop drill press. The Shop Fox drill press is a compact benchtop oscillating drill press is that can double as either a drill press or an oscillating sander. The Shop Fox W1667 is a dual purpose tool, so it's perfect for a garage workshop for its versatility. Shop Fox also makes a Radial Arm Drill Press if you need more versatility and can afford a higher end drill press.
The precision-ground sanding spindle on the Shop Fox oscillating drill press can be used with sanding drums that are between 1 and 2 inches in diameter and up to 4-1/4 inches long.This drill press comes with a paddle safety switch which provides a greater degree of safety over other types of switches. The oversized paddle is easy to locate. You can turn off the drill press by simply slapping the paddle down to the off position. The Shop Fox drill press has a depth stop which lets you drill holes at a preset depth.
The size of a drill press is an important aspect to take into account when looking for a benchtop drill press to purchase. It is directly related to how far down you can drill and the size of the piece that you will be able to work on, so you always want to make sure that you have a sufficiently large drill press to bore holes to the depths you think you will over time.
If you purchase a smaller drill press and end up needing a bigger one further down the line, you will most likely end up with the smaller drill press as a backup, or worse yet, useless, so it is always integral that you purchase a drill press which is the right size for your needs.
You must think of a drill press like any other investment, the longer it lasts, the more times you can use it, and you'll get your money's worth out of it. We don't recommend buying a cheap drill press from a half-ass company. If you are looking for a basic drill press with a solid amount of feedback on reliability - check out the SKIL drill presses. Aside from Shop Fox, SKIL makes a solid entry level drill press - SKIL 3320-01 - for the home workshop guy.
There is no reason to purchase a cheap, ineffective drill press when you have access to the internet and the largest product selection in the world. Inexpensive is certainly not always synonymous with bad (but it usually is!), and this is a lesson which must be taken into account when purchasing any product, not just drill presses.
The only thing worse than buying a cheap, ineffective product is buying an expensive, ineffective product, as you lose you money and you will have to pay for a replacement sooner or later.
These are just a few of the reasons why it is so important to be a smart buyer and make sure you get the drill press that meets your current needs, and leaves room for growth. The Shop Fox oscillating drill press is that drill press.
The Shop Fox W1667 oscillating drill press is a great machine if you are looking for an affordable yet large drill press. This benchtop oscillating drill press is so large that it straddles the line between workbench-mounted drill press and floor-mounted drill press. It also features a ½ horsepower motor which should be feasible for less intensive tasks, along with an oscillating spindle that is meant to be used with sanding drums.
Another aspect of the Shop Fox drill press W1667 is that it features a tilting worktable (7 inches square) with a dust port so you can keep your work environment free of any wood shavings or anything else that may be kicked up by your drill press.
This is an excellent offering if you want a middle-ground between a full size floor press and a workbench press, as the Shop Fox W1667 is classified as a benchtop drill press, but it is pretty big at 53lbs. The inclusion of the dust port is a nice amenity that you do not usually see on drill presses at this price point.
Another great aspect of the Shop Fox W1667 is the build quality, as it does not suffer from cheap construction due to the lower price.
The five speed settings are usually good enough to work with most types of wood, and some very thin or very soft metals, but we would not recommend using this drill press with any harder or thicker metals as you would risk overheating the motor, since it is not as powerful as some other presses which are designed with metal drilling in mind.
This is still definitely a great choice if you are looking for a decently large press without breaking the bank.
Customers tend to praise the versatility and low price point of the Shop Fox W1667 drill press. It comes with more extras than you would expect from a drill press in this price range. The addition of the dust port, the oscillating spindle, and the marginally powerful motor make this a great home workshop tool which will cover a lot of your manufacturing needs. One of the main gripes that we've noted is that these products used to come broken in transit, but Shop Fox has since rectified that issue. Read Customer Reviews
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The Shop Fox W1667 drill press is available at a good price point for a press of this size and build quality. The shipping weight is 53 lbs, which is not quite so bad for a drill press with a lot of features. We recommend this as a mid-entry level drill press for the home workshop enthusiast.
The Shop Fox oscillating drill press is an excellent option if you are looking for an inexpensive yet large drill press which is not quite the size of a full floor model. The build quality is also better than most would expect at this price point, and some of the shipping issues with delivery of the Shop Fox W1667 model have been fixed. Get Drill Press highly recommends the Shop Fox W1667 drill press to new woodworkers or DIY enthusiasts.
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