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WEN 4210 vs SKIL 3320 Drill Press: Which One’s Best?

Last Updated on September 4, 2020

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The Winner
Winner
WEN 4210 WEN 4210
  • Laser crosshair
  • Rack & pinion table adjustment
  • Excellent build using robust materials where needed
  • The Runner-up
    Second place
    SKIL 3320 SKIL 3320
  • Smaller footprint and weight
  • Easier transportation if needed
  • One-year warranty with a 30-day money back guarantee
  • 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.

    WEN 4210 10” laser

    What are the differences between them?

    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
    Chuck capacity 1/2” 1/2”
    Swing 10” 10”
    Drilling capacity 2-1/4” 2-3/8”
    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
    Laser-targeting Yes Yes
    Height 28-1/4” 21-1/8”
    Weight 58 pounds 52.2 pounds

    SKIL 3320 drill press

    Power – Point goes to WEN

    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!

    Drilling capacity  – 1/8 point to SKIL

    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.

    Shorter – Point goes 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.

    WEN 4210 10” control

    Weight – Point to SKIL

    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.

    User rating – Point to SKIL

    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.

    Durability of materials used – Point to WEN

    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 stationary tools.

    Customer service experience – Point to WEN

    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.

    Quick Rundown of WEN 4210

    WEN 4210 Drill Press with Laser, 10-Inch
    801 Customer Reviews
    WEN 4210 Drill Press with Laser, 10-Inch
    • Includes: drill press, class II 1mW laser, 1/2" keyed chuck & key, tools for assembly
    • Adjust between five speeds from 600 to 3100 RPM
    • Spindle travel of 2-1/2” with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable...

    Let’s take a look at the best, and worst, features of each drill press. First up, the WEN 4210.

    Pros
    • Excellent build using robust materials where needed
    • Convenient features include laser crosshair, rack & pinion table adjustment, and flat spaces on handles to tighten with a wrench and eliminate loosening

    Cons
    • Limited capacity regarding stock size and hole depth
    • Underpowered for commercial and advanced homeowner projects

    Quick Rundown of SKIL 3320

    Now it is the SKIL 3320’s turn:

    Sale
    SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
    809 Customer Reviews
    SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
    • 1/2-Inch keyed chuck. Bump-off switch for added safety
    • 5 Speeds - 570 - 3,050 RPM
    • Adjustable depth stop for accurate measurements and repetitive drilling

    Pros
    • Smaller footprint and weight for shops with limited space; easier transportation if needed
    • One-year warranty with a 30-day money back guarantee

    Cons
    • The same limited stock size as the 4210
    • Low power even for homeowner requirements

    What Users Say

    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.

    Conclusion

    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.

    About the Author Adam Harris

    Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!