In-Depth Review: WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press
I like this drill press. It's nice and simple. Its simplicity is mostly due to its low cost. Rather than being cheap and low-grade, it's cheap and high-grade for a drill press of its price, which is certainly a pleasant surprise. It works amazingly when it comes to machining 6016 aluminum for the sake of finishing lower AR receivers.
1) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press
The only drill heavier than the 250-pound Grizzly G7943 is the 261-pound Delta 18-900L (which coincidentally also share the same customer rating), which means these heavy-duty drill press monsters is heavier than the cruiserweight division of a given boxing or wrestling promotion. In terms of how it compares to the WEN 4208 Drill Press, it is way larger (or at least way taller dimension-wise) and more powerful plus it has a wider variety of speeds.
Granted, its top speed of 3,050 RPM (which is comparable to the top speed of SKIL 3320-01) is way below the 3,140 RPM of the WEN 4208 and the 3,200 RPM of the WEN 4214, but 3,050 RPM for drilling is more than serviceable (plus it has more weight and balance with its every drill work compared to the smaller and probably shakier WEN drill press offerings). This is a heavy-duty rugged drill in every sense of the word that sacrifices mobility for raw strength.
2) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac
As for the Craftsman 10-Inch Bench Drill Press, it compares more or less favorably with the WEN 4208 Drill Press despite weighing a little under twice as much as the WEN drill press at 61 pounds versus 38.1 pounds. The WEN 4208 is a little bigger in certain aspects or dimensions and delivers about 40 RPM more than the Craftsman's 3,100 RPM.
Actually, in terms of those specs, the WEN 4208's price totally blows those expensive drill press out of the water. However, there are other specs and conditions to take into consideration, like the Craftsman's twin crosshair laser guide, auto-tensioning belt system, and micro-adjustable depth stops that the WEN lacks, so the Craftsman is probably heavier and more expensive than its lightweight counterpart due to its extra level of accuracy.
3) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
The WEN 4214 is in many ways the heavyweight version of the WEN 4208 Drill Press. The 4214 is the second heaviest drill press on this list. It's also about twice as big (or at least bigger in certain dimensions) as the 4208, which could be a plus or a minus depending on whether you value mobility over a balanced base. The 4214 is also about 60 RPM faster than the 4208, delivering a top speed of 3,200 RPM.
On the other hand, the WEN 4214 is more than twice as expensive as the 4208. Is the 4214 necessarily twice the drill press as the 4208 to necessitate being double the price as its lighter counterpart? You decide if 60 RPM or the addition of a laser guide is worth the price.
4) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
Regarding the SKIL 3320-01, it's lighter than the Craftsman and WEN 4214 but heavier than the WEN 4208 and (definitely) the Dremel 220-01. It's smaller than the Craftsman 10-inch drill press dimension-wise and it's also the second slowest drill press featured on this article with a top speed of 3,050 RPM. It's like a lighter than slower version of the Craftsman, to be honest.
In regards to how it fairs with the WEN 4208, it's too heavy and too slow to really compete. It has a laser guide for hole alignment too, but all its other specs are found in superior drill presses with better sizes or better top speeds. On the other hand, it has a favorable price of about $100 to $130 and more consistent construction than the cheaper 4208, so it has that going for it.
5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press
Last but not least is the low-rated Delta 18-900 that got a 3.8-star rating on Amazon.com. Common complaints about this drill include shoddy workmanship, a base that breaks out, and a lack of quality control and/or customer support. Those who do like the Delta 18-900 feel like its expensiveness is justified by its largeness and how its table surface allows for bigger and thicker work pieces to get drilled.
The caveat being that instead of 1% to 5% of the customers complaining about faulty units, there's instead about 12% of all customers giving this drill press a 1-star review (which has clearly dragged its score down). It weighs even more than the average healthy 6-foot-tall American at 261 pounds and it has the slowest top speed at 3,000 RPM, which means its size is literally its best feature for a heavy-duty drill press.
Alternative Choices Comparison Table
Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press
Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac
WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press
The Final Cut
It's a press that brings out the most out of your investment. It's strong enough for most applications. Just increase the torque as much as possible and the drill press can drill down quite a number of materials. However, up to a certain point, it might be better to buy a stronger press if you're seeking to do more industrial-level or commercial-grade drilling beyond medium-level hard woods and metals. There are several drill presses that outdo it in the speed or girth department, but like with the Goldilocks story with the Three Bears, its specs are just right. It's not too big, not too slow, and not too shaky. It's the best drill press for your money, in my humble opinion.