Tradesman Drill Press

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The Tradesman drill press is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can add to your shop or garage. Its most obvious function is drilling holes, but aside from that it boasts a few key accessories that only increase its value to home-improvement fanatics and professional contractors and builders. These include everything from vises for angle-drilling to mortising attachments for joint work on chairs and other furniture.

Why use a Tradesman drill press in the first place when a handheld drill works just fine? Well, the latter does work perfectly well--if you're working on a small scale and have slight margins for error. But highly specialized industrial jobs require precision drilling that can't be matched by manual work no matter how exacting the user may be.

Functions of the Tradesman Drill Press

Like other radial drill presses, the Tradesman is measured by its ability to bore through wood, plastics, and metals such as steel and aluminum. Prospective buyers want to consider the variable speeds of their unit, as these largely determine what types of materials cam be successfully drilled. Large bench and floor units may boast anywhere from half a dozen to 16 different speeds, giving you maximum control over the depth and accuracy of your holes.

A Tradesman may become the crown jewel of all the woodworking machinery in your workshop. Use it to drill holes for dowels, sand blocks and planks of wood, rout custom moldings, and polish up pieces in progress. With such a powerful tool at your disposal, the only real limiting factor is your own imagination.

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