In-Depth Review: SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
The SKIL 3320-01 10-Inch Drill Press with Laser is a machine you avail of if you wish to have better drilling precision with a stable base. It's better than handheld alternatives because it won't tire out your arm from holding it up for extended periods of time. What's more, as a drill press user for woodworking, I make full use of this accurate driller for various applications because it has a laser guide to let me know where the hole is supposed to go and drill bits that can drill through the hardest of hardwoods or the softest of softwoods without damaging itself or the rest of the work piece.
1) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
The WEN 4214 is bigger than the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press, so it's therefore heavier. Whether this is a good or a bad thing on the WEN drill press's part is up to you to decide. Do you want a drill press that's more compact but heavier to carry around with the promise of absolute stability at a higher RPM or do you want a smaller and lighter unit instead?
With great bigness comes higher RPM. The WEN 4214 also outdoes the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press in terms of its top speed, which is at 3,200 versus the SKIL's 3,050 RPM. The WEN unit truly is a heavyweight in terms of speed, strength, and size. Only the Delta drill press is able to outdo it in terms of size (but not in speed since the Delta 18-900L can only go up to 3,000 RPM.
2) SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists
The SE 97511MDP might have an unpromising Amazon.com score, but that could go up and down at any time while its positive specs are forever. It's the third highest-rated drill press of the five alternatives, at the very least. What's more, it compares favorably with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press. It's the lightest of all the drill presses on this article at 12 pounds.
It's also the fastest drill press for something so light with its 8,500 RPM. Just take note that a higher RPM or speed doesn't imply that it's the most powerful drill of the bunch just that it's capable of making the drill bit spin at an even faster rate. This general purpose drill press also features a maximum drill capacity of 6 millimeters, a maximum drill height of 7½ inches, and variable speeds of 5,000 RPM, 6,500 RPM, and 8,500 RPM.
3) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press
The 250-pound Grizzly G7943 is only outdone in terms of weight by the Delta 18-900L. They incidentally share the same rating at Amazon.com. As its name suggests, the Grizzly is as heavy-duty and powerful as a grizzly bear, with it capable of delivering heavyweight caliber performances with its 3,050 RPM (which is the same top speed found in the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press).
Actually, you can almost consider the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press as a smaller and lighter version than the truly heavy Grizzly G7943 (which weighs as much as some heavyweight boxers or wrestlers). Compared to the WEN 4214 Drill Press, it's much larger in some dimensions and lighter than others. However, the WEN drill press has more speed at 3,200 RPM and a wide variety of speed. Compared to the heavier 260-pound Delta, it's about 50 RPM faster.
4) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac
Like with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press, the Craftsman 10-Inch Bench Drill Press also features a laser guide in the form of the Laser Trac. Its LED light is more useful for seeing what you're doing than its laser guide (the SKIL laser is superior in that it actually helps you predict where the hole will appear after the drilling is done). It compares not-so-favorably with the superior WEN 4214 Drill Press.
Although it weighs less than the WEN unit at 61 pounds (the 4214 weighs 89 pounds) for superior mobility, WEN still delivers a drill press that offers 100 RPM more than the Craftsman's 3,100 RPM. The smaller bench drill is also outdone in terms of ratings. As for the SKIL 3320-01, the Craftsman drill press is still smaller and a little lighter but it outdoes the SKIL unit with its 3,200 RPM (versus 3,050 RPM).
5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press
This $1,000 drill press mostly gets its expensiveness for its 261-pound weight. As the heaviest drill press on this list (even when you include the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press), the Delta 18-900L is practically immovable. Shaking and instability is the last thing you have to worry about this anvil of a drill press, but it obviously offers downsides such as heaviness and difficulty in mobility.
With that said, it's outdone by its fellow heavyweight Grizzly G7943 in terms of RPM but not in size. The Grizzly is half the size of Delta, but somehow Grizzly is only outweighed by Delta by 10 or so pounds, which means Delta has better weight distribution over a bigger frame. As for the SKIL 3320-01, both drills have laser guides but the SKIL unit has a faster RPM at 3,050 RPM compared to the 3,000 RPM of the Delta unit.
Alternative Choices Comparison Table
WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists
Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press
Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac
Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press
The Final Cut
The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is an impressive product in its own in light because other comparable drill presses cost $100 to $200 or even all the way to $1,000, so it's well-within the recommended price for drill presses with built-in drills that are part of the unit rather than a hand drill you attach to an empty stand so that you can transform it into a drill press.
It further justifies its pricing with the inclusion of a laser guide. It also has loads of extras like the guide light and the fact that keeps up with the current standards of a quality drill press. However, it could've gotten a way better rating in light of its competition. If you want something that enables you to drill through wood with the consistency of a factory assembly line, you won't go wrong with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press.