Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tradeuser66 Record DMS/26
A very heavy duty and versatile drill press, you won't buy better. Its price means it is competing with low end pillar drills but for outdoors site use it is tough and simple to use when matched to a good quality 110v rotary drill. The strong clamping action is better suited to drills with aluminium collars/gearboxes such as the indestructible Makita HP2010 or 8419. Greater versatility also comes from using with a drill that has at least two geared and preferably trigger variable speeds.
The press head swivels through a full 360 degrees so can be swivelled through 180 degrees to drill work pieces too deep to fit in the press throat (provided the base is clamped to the work piece). There's also a useful and accurate depth stop that limits the stroke of the press according to your needs.
There's plenty of leverage to ensure drill bits, hole saws and broaching cutters achieve efficient cutting action. The experienced can use this leverage to safely control the cutting action, especially when the bit achieves breakthrough and might otherwise jam in the work piece. If you're currently drilling by hand held drill, you'll probably know how damaging and dangerous a jammed bit can be.
I've used my DMS/26 press with a Makita HP2010 to drill up to 25mm diameter holes (with Blacksmith drills and cutting fluid) in heavy steel plate and beams for over 15 years and it remains as good as the day I purchased it with no discernible wear whatsoever.
Do note though that this press is heavy at 17.4kg (that's 38lbs or not far off three stones) even before you add a 3 - 4 kg drill. It can only be used in the vertical position and if you drop it, its weight is likely to damage either the cast sections, your drill or whatever is unfortunate enough to be underneath it.
17 Jan 2014