Shop Fox Oscillating Floor Drill Press

Last updated date: May 5, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Drill Presses and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Toolsy, Tool Nerds, Heathy Handyman, Woodwork Boss, Wise Pick, Top Home Stuff, Being Wood Worker and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Drill Press you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Shop Fox Shop Fox Oscillating Floor Drill Press placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
128 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Shop Fox W1848 can quickly and toollessly be converted to an oscillating spindle sander. This type of sanding leaves a smoother finish on your workpiece due to reduced heat buildup.
- Toolsy
The unit’s oscillating feature, on the other hand, allows sanding operation and turns the W1848 into a real multi-tool. It can be easily converted into a sander and then used for contour sanding.
- Tool Nerds
March 29, 2018 | Full review
It comes with a great 3/4-horsepower motor, which provides enough power to make most projects easy.
- Heathy Handyman
The Shop Fox W1848 has a 3/4 HP motor just like JET’s drill, it’s built to do contour sanding as well. That’s because it’s an oscillating drill press with a special spindle that converts to a sander in a matter of minutes.
- Woodwork Boss
The motor on this drill press is a ¾ HP model. With this motor, you can select from 12 different speeds, which makes this a versatile and easy to use the press
- Wise Pick
It comes with an oscillating spindle that moves repeatedly from angle to angle. Thus, it can be used for both drilling and sanding jobs.
- Top Home Stuff
There are 12 different options available to us for selection in the above-given speed range.
- Being Wood Worker
What experts didn't like
No laser alignment system.
- Toolsy
This floor drill press has no laser alignment system, which is not a big issue, although we would have certainly liked to see it included. It’s something that provides additional accuracy and can be found on much cheaper models than W1848.
- Tool Nerds
March 29, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, there are often shipping problems with this tool, which leads to broken parts and is a pain to deal with.
- Heathy Handyman
On the downside, we feel the belts/speed settings could be easier to deal with and could cause some issues for beginners.
- Woodwork Boss
Lightweight – not as stable as a heavier model
- Wise Pick
You must setup a Drill Press properly else this machine makes a terrible noise while operating
- Being Wood Worker

From The Manufacturer

The ever popular W1667 and W1668 oscillating drill presses now have a big brother. Meet the W1848 floor model oscillating drill Press. Just like the Benchtop versions, this drill Press features our patented oscillating Spindle for efficient contour sanding. Convert from drilling operations to sanding operations in a matter of seconds with just a few tool-free steps.

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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
3. WEN 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
4. JET 15-In Bench Model Drill Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
5. WEN 8-In 5-Speed Drill Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Dremel Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Shop Fox Oscillating Floor Drill Press
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
8. SKIL 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9

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