Dremel Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press

Last updated date: May 5, 2019

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Dremel Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press

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We looked at the top Drill Presses and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Drill Press you should buy.

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Dremel Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

It’s a drill press, tool holder and flex shaft holder all in one. Drill accurate perpendicular and angled holes. Holds your tool in place for applications like sanding and buffing, and the telescoping flex shaft holder extends to any height between 16 and 29 inches.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

5 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,506 user reviews

What experts liked

The tool doubles as a flex-shaft tool stand and rotary tool holder at the same time on top of being a drill press for any hand drill.
- Cut The Wood
The column (or flex shaft) of this Dremel workstation is telescopic and enables you to adjust the height from 16 inches to 29 inches. This allows it to accommodate fairly long materials and we are impressed how this "mini" drill press can accommodate such big-sized materials.
- Wood Working Toolkit
February 14, 2019 | Full review
Its telescopic tool stand provides the flexibility to be able to elongate to any height ranging from 16 to 29 inches. The tool holder also gives it the capability to polish, sand and grind various objects and surfaces up to 90 degrees horizontally.
- Tool Powers
You can drill both perpendicular and angled holes – drills in 15-degree angled increments, up to 90 degrees horizontal
- Tool Juice
May 31, 2017 | Full review
Dremel Drill Press 220-01 work stations come with a tool holder to enable steady operation. With the tool in a firm position, the Dremel 220-01 becomes handy when polishing metals, grinding metal work pieces and sanding tasks. The tool holder can be adjusted telescopically within a height range of 16 and 29 inches.
- Drill Press Guide
May 4, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

According to some customers on Amazon.com, it's crooked and it breaks easily.
- Cut The Wood
Performance is not the best. This unit will have a lot of difficulty drilling in high-density material like steel. But for low-density materials like wood, plastic or MDF - it works just fine!
- Wood Working Toolkit
February 14, 2019 | Full review
The entire machine is composed of equal parts metal and plastic. Because of this, there are instances where significant play and wobbling may be observed as you try to drill into your workpiece especially when working on harder materials.
- Tool Powers
Made of plastic and metal – all metal would be stronger, but this is supposed to be a cheap option more for crafters
- Tool Juice
May 31, 2017 | Full review
Single mounting point — only a single nut is provided for fastening the rotary drill to the collar. Whereas the operation of the rotary tool workstation is stable with basic crafts, heavy duty work can introduce play and destabilize the unit.
- Drill Press Guide
May 4, 2018 | Full review

An Overview On Drill Presses

Drilling into metal, wood and other materials can be tough, especially if you have nothing to anchor it in place. A drill press helps you drill holes into almost any type of material both quickly and efficiently. There are two major types of drill presses: floor and benchtop. Although floor models can tackle bigger projects, benchtop drill presses take up less space and can handle most drilling tasks with ease.

First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure your drill press can handle the challenges you’ll put in front of it. That generally means versatility. Drill presses with speed control built in make it easy to switch from one speed to another to customize your drilling power. You should also look at how many options you’ll have for speeds. Some drill presses only have a couple of speed settings, while others give you the option of as many as 16 speeds.

Weight is another factor. Drill presses usually aren’t portable items, so heavier can actually be better. It will provide a sturdiness you’ll need when working with heavy-duty metals. But some bench drill presses are much larger than others, so make sure you have room for the model you choose.

Your first concern when you buy your drill press will be setting it up. Weight factors into this. You may invest in a heavier drill press due to the stability it provides when tackling tougher jobs, but keep in mind that you may need help when it’s time to set it up. A 300 pound-plus drill press will be tough to tackle alone.

There are many little things that add up to accuracy when drilling. One is the type of drill bits and chucks you use, but another is simply the ability to see what you’re doing. Many drill presses have lights to illuminate your work area. So be sure to look for that, especially if your shop isn’t well lit. Some drill bits have a built-in scale to help you choose the depth and keep things consistent throughout a project.

Lastly, there’s the issue of price. You can pay more than $1,000 for a drill press, but you can also find them in the low hundreds. Determine your budget and exactly how much you’re willing to spend. You may find some of the more advanced features aren’t worth the extra money.

The Drill Press Buying Guide

  • One of the first factors to consider when looking for a drill press is versatility. Since you’ll probably be working with different materials, you’ll need a drill press versatile enough to shift from drilling a hole in a thin sheet of metal to handling an extra-thick piece of wood. The DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press has a quick-release feed handle to change the speed, even though you’ll only get two speed settings: 450 or 300 rotations per minute. The WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill ranges from 580-3,200 RPMs, building in a speed regulator that you simply turn when you want to adjust the speed. The WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill’s variable speed mechanism is mechanical, giving you consistent power and torque no matter what speed you choose. The LED screen on the WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill makes it even easier to control the speed since you can see how fast your drill is working at all times.
  • One of the key elements in your drill press is the belt drive system. You’ll want to find a drill that has auto-tension for its drive system, which means speed changes flow seamlessly and your tension and motor alignment are consistent from start to finish.
  • Your drill press will be fitted with a chuck that will need to be changed from one project to the next. The DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press makes it easy to switch between a 3/4-inch and 1/2-inch keyed chuck – no tools needed. Some don’t like the looser fit they get with a quick-change system, though.
  • The motor on your drill press also plays into how powerful it is. You’ll want to find a drill that has a 3/4 horsepower motor that can handle a wide variety of materials. With the DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press, you get a 10-AMP motor that can power right through even heavy steels.
  • The WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill’s 2/3 horsepower, 5-AMP motor struggles with metal sheets, which means it may take longer than you expect. It’s best for those who plan to primarily work with wood.
  • Although size can indicate the power of the drill, you’ll want to consider the convenience and placing within your workspace. The DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press measures at 22.4 x 6.5 x 19.3 inches and the WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill, at 13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches.
  • Build contributes heavily to how long any tool lasts. But with a drill press, it also offers a sturdiness that helps with your projects. The DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press has a strong magnet. The design can lead to some wobbling in the cutters and the drill chuck with certain jobs, though.
  • Another factor impacting the DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press is the fact that it has a 4 3/8-inch drill travel that helps it reach even farther than competitors.
  • If you’re looking for a low price on a drill press, the  DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press is mid-range.
  • You may also want to find a drill with guides on the head. These guides make it easy to see what you’re doing, improving your accuracy while you’re drilling.
  • Another feature that can help you monitor your work is a light. The WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill comes with work lights to help with visibility.
  • Beware of powerful drills as they can tend to overheat causing a lapse in work time while you wait for it to cool down.
  • Assembly can be a bit complicated with some models, so keep that in mind before your drill press arrives. The WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill is easier to put together than most. With the heavier drill presses, keep in mind that you may need a second person to maneuver it while putting it together.