Drill presses haven't changed much in over 100 years, but a couple manufacturers have added some new wrinkles.

Drill Press/Spindle Sander ¡f^HIR

The Shop Fox W1668 oscillating drill press is a 13-in. benchtop that ; i|P®

doubles as an oscillating spindle ™ A jfl sander. By travelling up and down as j.

it spins, an oscillating sander sands pTP^

faster than one that simply spins. It also makes sanding sleeves last «s^sUta longer. The W1668 has a 3-1/4-in.

quill stroke for drilling and

3/4-in. oscillation for sanding. ShoP FoxWI668;$200. Changeover takes less than a minute.

An Ambidextrous

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The operator's levers on tt

Ridgid'snewDP1550 15-in. \ /

drill press can be mounted ' gS r> || / on either side of the head, so you can drill right- or left- • 5

improvements include a , mmL \

enough to drill through a o , „„ ,'rr„ „.„„„ , „, ., , . Ridgid DP 1550; $300.

4x4), wider base and a new poly-V belt and pulley system that, according to the manufacturer, runs smoother and is less likely to slip.

Variable-Speed Benchtop

Delta's new DP350 is a 12-in. f m ]Jj benchtop model with a lever-operated variable-speed range of 500 to 3,100 rpm. It has a 3-1/4-in. quill stroke, rod-style depth stop, a quill lock and a tilting table. The bottom of the trough-style table has a flat ledge for clamping.

Delta DP350; $275.

In AW #86, April 2001, page 68 we tested 28 floor-model drill presses that cost less than $450.

Editors' Choice

This machine was outstanding. It had plenty of power, and ran quietly, with minimal vibration. The quill-advance mechanism operated smoothly, and the smooth, round grips on the operator's levers were the most comfortable ones we tested. The quick-action depth-stop nut was convenient, but not quite as reliable as locking stop nuts It was the only machine in the test equipped with a genuine quill lock. We liked the flat-rimmed table and large base. We also were impressed with Deltas mortising attachment (17-935, $40), which is available as an accessory and installs easily on this machine.

Best Buys

Priced between $200 and $300, three machines stood out as good values. They're smaller machines, with narrow belts and ring-style depth stops. WV

Ridgid DP 1500; $300. This drill press had lots of user-friendly amenities and came with a great warranty. It's been replaced by the DP 1550 (see What's New, at left).

Grizzly G7944; $200

(plus $55 shipping). This 14-in. tool felt better to operate than other machines its size because it was taller, heavier and delivered good power.

Central Machinery 38144; $200

(free shipping, $6 handling) .This 13-in. tool appeared well built and performed admirably for such a low-priced machine.

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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