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Winter 2013-2014

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$200 Variable-Speed Drill Press

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Delta’s new 12-in. ShopMaster benchtop drill press offers convenient speed control. No more finger-pinching belt changes; just move a lever. You don’t even have to stop the machine. With Delta’s DP350, you can choose any speed you want, and you can adjust the speed in tiny increments. Manual-change machines give you limited speed choices.


In a crowded workshop, a benchtop drill press doesn’t eat up valuable floor space. A smaller table (8-1/2 in. x 10 in. on the DP350) is the most noticeable trade-off from a larger floor model. The DP350 has a 6-in. throat and a 3-1/4-in. quill stroke, enough capacity for most woodworking operations. It’s equipped with a 1/2-in. chuck, an adjustable depth-stop mechanism, a 1/3-hp motor, a quill lock and a work light.


The $200 DP350 costs about the same as other manual-speed-change benchtop machines. Floor-model drill presses start at about $250.