If you own a drill press and don’t own a drill press table, you know the frustration of having to work carefully to prevent damaging a table that you use for other tasks. Drill press tables are a great resource to have to avoid this issue, and they also upgrade your prowess in the shop.
Of course, it’s not always easy to shop for tools online. It’s not always clear if you’re getting a great deal, or spending too much on a piece of junk.
If you want to get great value for your money, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled these reviews of the top drill press tables of 2019, so that you can find the model that works for you—without having to break the bank to get it.
|Woodpeckers WPDPPACK1 Table|
|DEWALT DW7350||59 lbs||4.6/5|
(Best for the Money)
|Shop Fox D2056||20 lbs||4.1/5|
|WEN DPA2412||11 lbs||3.9/5|
The Woodpeckers WPDPPACK1 Table is the best overall choice for someone looking for a great drill press table. It comes with a large 16- by 23-inch worktable that gives you plenty of space to work with very large pieces. It also comes with a pair of dual T-tracks, allowing you to use a variety of accessories. It comes with a pair of hold-down clamps, which make it easy to hold most projects in place while you work and reduces the amount of error due to slippage. Since it’s a standard design, you can also add aftermarket parts to expand what you can do. You might even be able to use accessories that you already own.
It also includes a great center scale fence. This makes it easy to center an object under your drill press, which is important for common holes that are drilled in the center of an object. Our only gripe with this model is that the center scale fence eats up some of the space between the drill press and the object, giving you an overall lower capacity. Despite this flaw, it’s still easily the best drill press table on the market today.
The DEWALT DW7350 just misses out on earning the top spot on our list. This table’s best feature is its mobility. It features two fixed wheels that make moving the table around easy, and a third that can be either engaged to move the table, or disengaged to keep it firmly in place while you work. It also comes with a very large table. The surface is 24- by 22-inches, which makes for a massive working area.
The frame is made of steel, which not only holds up well to use and abuse, but also gives the table a great solid feeling. And we all know it’s sometimes important that a tool feels good to use. This table passes that test. While it’s not the most difficult thing to assemble, however, we would like to see it come with better instructions. What should probably be a 30-minute task sometimes takes more than an hour for some people. This problem is largely due to the subpar instructions. With better instructions, this model might take first place. But as it is, it comes in second.
The MLCS 9765 closely resembles the first entry on our list with one major difference—it’s far cheaper. You can get this drill press table for about half of what you’d spend on the first two models on our list, making it a great overall buy. It comes with two T-tracks, and while it doesn’t have the dual T-tracks that come with our first model, it does have enough potential clamping power to get the job done. It also comes with an adjustable fence, which makes it easy to hold a piece steady while you work.
And while discount tables of any sort have a reputation for being poorly made and slanted, this one seems to always ship as flat as you could want, meaning you won’t have to worry about offsetting for a non-level table. Unfortunately, this drill press table only has average clamping capabilities, especially if you’re trying to clamp something against the fence. But it will work well for many people and in most drilling situations. Overall, if you’re looking to get a good deal on a table that can expand what you can do in the shop, this is a good one to consider, especially given its low price.
The Shop Fox D2056 is a good table to get if you’re looking for something very cheap, and don’t need all the bells and whistles that drive up the price of other models. This table is well-built and sturdy, and you won’t ever have to worry about it falling apart on you. It can support up to 700 pounds, which is more than most people will need—a nice option to have even if you won’t use it. It’s also designed to be low-vibration, which is a useful feature to have when you’re using a drill press. The feet are independently adjustable, which makes this drill press table a great choice if you’re going to be working in an area with an unlevel floor.
However, at only 13- by 23-inches, it doesn’t have the largest tabletop. If you have a smaller working area, this model may be what you’re looking for. It also doesn’t have the greatest surface. If you’re careful with it, it will last a long time, but it’s not going to be as durable as other models on our list. Overall, this is a cheap model that’s good enough for people who need a bare-bones table.
The WEN DPA2412 comes in last place on our list for one reason and one reason only. It has a small table that’s not going to cut it for most people. It’s 24- by 12- inches wide, which makes it about half the size of the larger models on our list. And, while it has plenty of width, it has poor depth. It comes with an adjustable fence, which helps you keep your pieces in place, and it also includes a stop block which you can brace pieces against while you work.
It also uses T-slots. So there’s a chance you can use aftermarket parts (or parts you already own) to expand what this table can do. It’s also not that expensive, which means you won’t feel like you got a horrible deal for the price. In our opinion, though, it makes more sense to spend a bit more money on a table that’s nearly twice as large. This drill press table isn’t great value, and since the narrowness will get on some people’s nerves, it makes more sense to invest in something better.
While you may not be certain which model is right for you, we hope that our reviews have already given you some insight into what makes for a great drill press table, and what makes for a model that you should avoid. Of course, there’s always more to learn about these tools, so if you want to make sure that you get great value for your money, you should check out this buyer’s guide. We’ve loaded it up with great information about drill press tables, intended to help both beginners and skilled workers alike find their way to a model that will suit them well at a price that won’t break the bank.
If you’re a worker on a budget, you may not want to invest in a drill press table that you can’t put away when you’re not working. Even better is if it can serve double-duty while it’s not in use, perhaps as a table for holding other tools, or even as a base for other tools while you’re working with those.
If you get a floor-mounted drill press table, you’ll gain access to these options, while also making it possible to get the table out of the way while it’s not in use. A large table is great for doing big projects, but if it’s mounted to a drill press that you’re not currently using, it can take up a lot of space, which can be a big deal in a shop.
Some modern floor-mounted models feature wheels, which make it easier to move around. While the methods for keeping these models in place vary, a common one is to use a wheel that can be fixed in place while you move the table, and unmounted when you want it to stay in place. Of course, most manufacturers do a good job in this area, so you shouldn’t worry too much about the wheel system.
When it comes to durability, the most important thing to consider is the material from which the tabletop is made. Most drill press tables don’t use metal plates. For one, this keeps costs down. While this is a good thing, it also lowers the chance of an accident if you accidentally touch the drill to the tabletop. With metal, you might damage the bit or the drill press, sending bits of metal flying in all directions. With wood or wood variants, you won’t have to worry about extremely dangerous high-speed projectiles.
Of course, wood alone may not be strong enough. Most tabletops on a drill press table are made from Medium-density Fiberboard or MDF. MDF is more resistant to heat and humidity than regular wood, which means it won’t expand or contract as the weather changes, leading to a longer life and far less cracking. It’s also far less likely to warp, which means you’ll always have a nice, level surface on which to work.
Not every manufacturer uses MDF, so be on the lookout for tabletops that are made from a cheaper, lighter, and less damage-resistant material. These tabletops won’t last as long, and they’re not that much cheaper, so they’re rarely worth it.
There’s a good case to be made that the best drill press tables come with throat plates. A throat plate is simply a wooden insert in the middle of the table that is easy to remove. They’re generally regarded as disposable, so you can drill through them if you need to put a hole completely through a piece. Keeping the throat plate in place can help prevent tear out on the piece’s backside and can also help you keep smaller pieces stable while you work.
If tear out isn’t a concern for you and you’re working with a large piece that will cover the hole, then you can always remove the throat plate and drill through the empty space that it leaves behind. Not every model comes with a throat plate, so if you’re looking to get the best value, it’s a good idea to check out models that come with this feature.
While many companies sell replacement throat plates, they tend to be disproportionately expensive. If you want to get better value for your money, you can always cut your own throat plates. This is an easy task if you’re handy around the shop, but it’s also something that beginners should be able to quickly pick up.
If you want to get the most accurate holes in the pieces you’re drilling, you’ll need to have them tightly held down so that they don’t move while you work. In an extreme situation, a poorly-secured piece might go flying off the table, damaging other things in your shop, and possibly injuring you. The best way to avoid that is to make sure that you have everything properly held in place before you start drilling.
A commonly included piece that makes this simpler is an adjustable fence. This is just a long block, typically made of wood, against which you brace the piece while you work. Fences typically use T-slots to attach to a table, so if your table doesn’t come with T-slots, it will be harder to use a fence.
End blocks, also known as stop blocks, typically attach to a fence. You slide the block along a fence until it hits the end block, and then you can put gentle pressure on the far side to hold the piece in place while you work.
You can also use a variety of clamps on other latching mechanisms, especially if they use the T-slot system, though most drill press tables will work with standard clamps.
The Woodpeckers WPDPPACK1 Table is our favorite model thanks to its included clamps, large work surface, and center scale fence. The DEWALT DW7350 features a mobile base, a very large table surface, and a steel frame, though its poor assembly instructions keep it out of first place. The MLCS 9765 comes with an adjustable fence, two T-tracks, and a very flat tabletop. Since you can get it at a low price, it’s the “best for the money” on our list. The Shop Fox D2056 is very strong, is low-vibration, and comes with adjustable feet, but its small table and average-quality tabletop drop it to fourth on our list. The WEN DPA2412 is inexpensive and comes with a fence and T-slots, but its very small tabletop drop it to last place.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have taken the stress out of shopping for a drill press table. You should now be able to find a model that you love using, at a price you’ll love, too.