These two drill presses look nearly identical on paper, with matching specifications in all the critical categories when it comes to capacity and configuration. There are some variations that we will point out as the review goes along.
Both tools are meant to serve less experienced users who have less demanding projects to perform with their drill presses. Users looking for more power, stock capacity, and precision will want a more expensive model that has the features their work demands. Both these presses will also work well in shops with limited space.
Each drill press is good value and will perform well with tasks within their capabilities. In this tool beauty contest, it might come down to looks and brand reputation.
Because these two drill presses are so similar, let’s compare them with a simple table.
|Feature/Specification||WEN 4210||SKIL 3320|
|Motor VAC, A, HP||120 VAC, 3.2 A, 1/3||120 VAC, 3.2 A, not specified|
|Speeds, (RPM), Drive||5, (570, 900, 1390, 2050, 3050), belt||5, (570, 900, 1390, 2050, 3050), belt|
|Table size, material||7-5/8” x 7-5/8”, cast iron||7-5/8” x 7-5/8”, cast iron|
|Table bevel||Yes, 45o L/R||Yes, 45o L/R|
|Table vertical adjustment||Rack & pinion||Rack & pinion|
|Weight||58 pounds||52.2 pounds|
SKIL does not list the horsepower of the 3320 either online or in the SKIL owner’s manual. User reviews suggest it is around 1/4 HP because it seems underpowered in many applications. This is not a scientific or engineering measurement, but it has to serve us in the absence of cold, hard data!
Okay, that was snarky, giving an eighth of a point to SKIL because the 3320 can drill a hole 1/8” deeper than the WEN 4210. It may not seem like much, but a deeper hole is a deeper hole, so some advantage must go to SKIL.
When you have a small shop or limited space, height can be a big deal, and the SKIL 3320 is considerably shorter than the WEN 4210. However, users report shortening the column on the 4210 to account for limited space. For users ambitious enough to tackle that project, the WEN stays in the height (or short) game.
Again, the SKIL takes the point for being a few pounds lighter than the WEN. Weight is most important if you plan to transport the drill press to job sites or projects for the kids. The downside to a lighter drill press is less mass to stabilize the tool while operating.
Research shows that users of the SKIL 3320 are generally happier with their drill presses than the users of the WEN 4210 are with theirs.
The WEN 4210 has a more rugged build than the SKIL 3320. Both use cast iron, but the WEN uses more of it, which accounts for its added weight. As mentioned above, weight can be a benefit in tools that are stationary.
WEN users report their customer service experiences more favorably than SKIL users. Users also indicate that obtaining replacement and repair parts is easy with WEN. SKIL users report difficulty getting parts and having a poor overall customer service experience.
Let’s take a look at the best, and worst, features of each drill press. First up, the WEN 4210.
Now it is the SKIL 3320’s turn:
The user experiences for both drill presses are similar both on the positive and negative sides. Let’s see what they think.
When it comes to doing the job they want their drill press to do, users report each tool as delivering reliably and satisfactorily. Users report build quality as very good for both tools. Accuracy is acceptable for users’ projects in general, but is not up to CNC levels or the requirements of finer finish projects. Users appreciate the feature set on both tools, especially the laser crosshair. Finally, users generally feel they are getting a great value for their money.
Users who report dissatisfaction with their drill presses are also quite similar in their impressions. Topping the list of negatives is lack of power and precision. Users report being unhappy with their tool’s performance when drilling in tough stock and when trying to achieve extreme precision. They also report dissatisfaction with the drill presses they receive. They report damage that appears to occur in the factory and are unhappy with customer support.
Which drill press is right for you? Both these tools are a small step above an entry-level drill press, and both add some nice touches like the laser crosshair and rack and pinion worktable adjustment. Both will perform almost identical tasks. However, the WEN comes out ahead of the better-known SKIL in the end by providing a touch more power and better customer service.
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