In-Depth Review: SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Summary

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
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Review

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.

We Like

  • The SKIL 3320-01 has a half-inch keyed chuck allows easy loosening and tightening of the jaws for the drill bit.
  • This versatile drill runs at five speeds. It can go as low as 570 RPM and as high as 3,050 RPM.
  • You can do accurate repetitive drilling plus precise measurements and depths thanks to its adjustable depth stop.
  • You can tilt the drill press's work surface from the left to the right at 0° to 45°.
  • You can align the hole precisely thanks to its laser beam light.

We Don't Like

  • It's a starter drill press that you will eventually outgrow as you get better at drilling.

Introduction

Known also as the pedestal drill, pillar drill, or bench drill, the drill press is something you can use in order to ensure stable and controllable drilling every time with the assistance of a work surface and a solid base. Rather than depend on your arm strength and ability to hold something steady for a lengthy period of time, the table press setup allows you to accurately drill work pieces at precise locations without the hole ending up askew, misaligned, or inaccurately shallow or deep.

Human error and the rule of thumb isn't needed with a device that's essentially numerically accurate (some drill presses are even digital). Your drill press can either be a bench-top or tabletop power tool with a built-in drill or a more affordable stand wherein you're supposed to equip or insert the hand drill unto it, transforming what was once a hand tool into a press in an instant.

The former choice makes sense if you wish to have a separate hand drill from the drill press, but the latter choice enables you to save more money and make use of hand drills you've already bought. What's more, your work piece is held steadily by clamps or moved like in a factory assembly line with a conveyor belt thanks to the presence of the wide work surface. You're also able to convey the power of the drill better with this press setup.

Who Is It For?

Mainly woodworkers make use of the drill press, followed by mechanics, machinists, and metal workers. Specifically, you have your timber borers, construction workers, furniture builders, carpenters, DIY homeowners, and hobbyists getting the most bang out of their buck when buying a drill press of an impressive caliber.

The drill is capable of drilling through various work pieces made of wood, metal, or plastic. It helps facilitate the creation of tables, chairs, cabinets, drawers, armoires, and much more as well as making parts of a machine (or at least boring holes into said parts) for fixing factory equipment or various vehicles. Drilling holes in wood is one of the standard tasks of a woodworker.

It's a common job that's right up there with cutting wood to the right size with the appropriate saw so that they could fit with each other. They might be bigger than hand drills and look like microscopes, but their heaviness ensures a steady grip on the drill as it does its job. It also allows you to drill faster and with no hesitation because it automatically shifts from one hole to the next at even distances every time.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Have?

All drill presses worth their salt should have the following benefits.

  • Precision

A drill press is supposed to be as precise as possible. Boring holes on wood usually requires just a hand drill or power drill. However, in order to ensure accuracy without a measuring tape or a pencil on hand, it's best to go the route of the drill press because it assures you precision depths, widths or hole size, calibration, and the like. Furniture that's not made by an abstract artist should have perfectly aligned or squared hole placement to ensure stability.

  • Strength

The strength of the drill motor determines whether your drill can bore through tough materials using fewer rotations. The rotations per minute won't matter that much if they're done lightly or not strong enough. You need enough mustard after every drilling movement to truly bore through dense or hard wood without breaking the work piece surface or ruining your drill.

  • Fastness

Quickness or fastness of the drill press is judged by its different speed variations and its top speed. A slower rotation is perfect for bigger pieces and wider holes while a more intense or quick RPM rate is perfect for smaller work pieces that are made of sterner materials that a more tepid speed cannot penetrate at all. Some drills only offer one top speed while others offer much more than that to allow you to drill through more stuff.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press

Before buying a drill press, consider the following.

  • How functional is your drill press?

Drill press functionality refers to its many features and applications. Although their largeness and heaviness can be considered somewhat of a downside, it's also true that they offer superior vibration-free stability and an assembly-line type of efficiency when it comes to helping you make all sorts of furniture and structures, from chairs to birdhouses as well as awnings and sheds.

  • How versatile is your drill press?

As for versatility, you can always depend on a drill that provides varying speeds to cater to varying materials for your wood drilling necessities. It's the kind of press you buy in order to cover for various jobs related to metalworking, woodworking, and drilling through any work piece with unbeatable precision. You can also employ various drilling techniques or drill in an angled fashion thanks to all the options available on this machine.

  • How safe is your drill press?

Drill safety is also important, and it's most apparent by the way the drill press is built, the manner by which it drills holes on the work pieces it's presented with, and by the safety features included in the unit. A drill press that has gone through rigid quality control is safer to use than something with poor quality assurance. Ditto with a drill that's made to be as user-friendly as possible, from replacing drill bits to shifting from one speed to the next.

Product Details

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Description

The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is the perfect drill press for the professional 9-to-5 carpenter or the hobbyist DIY woodworker. It's because it's an accurate drill press that comes complete with its own X2 2-Beam Laser that allows for precision placement and alignment of the drill as well as depth stops for the holes.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Item Weight: 52.2 pounds
  • Top Speed: 3,050 RPM
  • Horsepower: ¼ HP
  • Voltage: 120 volts

Features & Benefits

  • Laser Guide

The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is a laser-guided drill thanks to its X2 2-beam laser that precisely shows where the hole is, allowing for easier adjustment and alignment that ensures consistently spaced drilling every time.

  • Accessories

The package includes a chuck key, two AA batteries, a cast iron base, a work table, and a drill press motor unit that's built into the press rather than a compatible hand drill that's sold separately.

  • Five Speeds

Its variable speed system doesn't limit you to work with just one material or wood hardness grade. You should be able to cleanly drill through metal, wood, plastic, and so forth with this drill press by shifting from one speed to the next.

  • Tilting Table and ½-Inch Keyed Chuck

The keyed chuck accepts larger bits for cutting and woodworking by simply adjusting it in accordance to the work piece you're dealing with. Meanwhile, the large square work surface that supports huge pieces of stock can be tilted from zero to forty-five degrees for angled drilling action.

Pros

  • Varying speeds of 750 RPM at its lowest and 3,050 RPM at its highest allow you to drill holes efficiently through many materials without destroying the work piece.
  • Its decent ¼-HP motor with a rating of 120 volts and an amperage of 3.2 amps enables penetration of the toughest work pieces out there
  • The ½-inch chuck size enables efficient keyed chuck adjustment and replacement of the drill bit.
  • The 7⅝-inch table can tilt from 0° to 45°, allowing drilling of the largest work pieces that can be adjusted as a tilted angle as required by the job.
  • The drill is certified by cSAus and has the drill on center measurement of 10 inches to boot.

Cons

  • Some of the drills arrive with faults such as broken bases and short-lived motor.
  • Several customers claim the drill is cheaply made.

Alternative Choices

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

Alternative Choices

Price

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.

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