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The Best floor standing drill press

By: Daniel Smith

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If you are working in a small shop and you need to save space, a floor drill press is probably a great tool to buy. However, they can be expensive so finding the right one is important. In this guide, we will help you find the best floor drill press!

What makes the best floor drill press?

There is no simple answer to the question: what is the best floor standing drill press. However, there are a couple of general criteria you want to look at while buying a floor drill press.

  • Weight handling – How much weight can the floor-standing drill hold. Often this is where you really get worth for your money.
  • Usable drill size – Most common sizes are 15 and 17-inch. These are different drills for different tasks. 17″ inch is most used for woodworking whereas 15″ inch is the cheaper alternative.
  • Power of the motor – How much power can the drill deliver, important for heavy drilling. Buying a cheap floor standing drill often means buying one with a weak motor.

Are you looking for a cheaper alternative to a floor-standing drill press? A benchtop drill press might be the best option for you! Read our guide: Best benchtop drill presses for woodworking

The best floor drill presses

Here is a list of our favorite floor drill presses. Keep in mind we tested this with our criteria in mind. It could be that these results are not applicable to your needs.

Hphtools’ Choice

JET JDP-15F, 15-Inch Floor Drill Press

Jet 15-inch floor standing drill press

our score: 9.2
  • Well priced floor drill press
  • High RPM
  • Belt speed change
  • Great accuracy

This 15-inch floor drill press is specifically made for drilling metal. It has a powerful three to 4 horsepower motor that has 60 speeds to choose from. the speed of this floor drill is varying from 200 to 3630 rounds per minute. 

We found this floor drill to be very accurate.  the depth stop on this drill has a special quick set bold for fast accurate adjustments.

Another thing we really like about this floor drill is the built-in work light.  This light provides additional visibility and more accuracy while drilling.

Finally, this drill has a quick-release work table that can tilt about 45 degrees.

Pros and cons of the Jet 15-inch floor standing drill press

  • Pros
  • 2-year warranty program
  • High RPM
  • Great accuracy
  • Diversity of this tool
  • Cons
  • Small learning curve


Shop Fox W1848 Oscillating Floor Drill Press

Shop Fox W1848 Floor Drill Press

our score: 9.0
  • Pricy floor drill press
  • 3050 RPM
  • Usable as belt sander
  • Great accuracy

The shop Fox oscillating floor drill press is a premium drill press that is Made for all kinds of jobs.  even though this drill is quite expensive we think it is very much worth the money. this drill is available as a benchtop, as well as a floor drill press.

It has a powerful 3 to 4-horsepower 110-volt motor which is ideal for drilling basically every material. wood, metal, and any other dense materials will be no problem for this floor drill.

Something that we really like about this floor drill is that it can be transformed into a sanding machine. with a couple of simple quick steps, this floor drill will be used as a belt sander.

The table of this floor-standing drill has the ability to tilt 90 degrees to both left and right. If you wish, you can also move the table completely out of the way. This gives you more flexibility while drilling and sanding.

Pros and cons of the Shop Fox floor drill press

  • Pros
  • 2-year warranty program
  • Great accuracy
  • Diversity of this tool
  • Cons
  • Small learning curve
  • Low RPM


JET 20-Inch Woodworking Drill Press

Jet 20-inch floor drill press (354170)

our score: 8
  • Pricy floor drill press
  • Most powerful motor
  • 4200 RPM
  • Great accuracy

are you looking for the most powerful floor press drill? Then this is probably the best choice for you.

This floor press drill has a variable speed varying from 1 to 2 horsepower. The powerful motor has 12 speeds to choose from ranging from 150 to 4200 rounds per minute. 

Just like the other floor press drills on his list this one also comes with a quick Set bolt for precise adjustment.  So this drill is not much different from other floor drill presses in terms of accuracy. however, this drill really shines when it comes down to power.

Another great thing about this floor press Trail is that it comes with a 2-year limited warranty. This goes to show how much jet believes in its own products. We would like to add to this and we have never had a bad experience with any of jets products.

Pros and cons of the JET 20-inch floor standing drill press

  • Pros
  • 2-year warranty program
  • Highest RPM
  • Trusted brand
  • Great accuracy
  • Cons
  • Expensive
  • Small learning curve


Final thoughts

When you are in this case spending a large amount of money on a single tool you want it to perform well. We’ve found that while buying a floor-standing drill press you almost can not go wrong.

Our favorite overall floor drill press is the Jet 20-inch floor drill press. However, this doesn’t always mean it is the best drill press for you. In general, this drill press will outperform similar drill presses.

If you are doing light drilling in materials like wood and metal we’ve found that basically, every floor drill press on this list will help you get the job done.

Good luck!

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The Author
Daniel Smith
My passion for power tools and work clothing started when I was a kid. My father and I used to build tree houses together, he taught me all the tricks of the trade! Meanwhile, I'm a 28-year-old with more than 7 years of experience on various job sites.
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