On most drill presses, changing drilling speeds is a manual process of shifting belts between pulley clusters. It can be a grimy job, which is why some never bother doing it. Delta’s continuous variable speed, controlled by a lever on top, makes the task easy as pie. Still, the feature needs a more descriptive display scale to help set speeds accurately.
The machine’s larger ball knobs are nice, and the conventional gooseneck worklight is a standout feature. While this tool’s 1/3hp motor is small, it still drove test bits through ash with moderate feed pressure.
On tasks such as mortising, it’s important to set and hold a precise drilling depth. Delta’s tool-free, knurled knob did the job, but double-check that it is snapped securely onto the depth rod threads so it doesn’t shift as you work.
Delta provides a rather tiny T-slotted table here, and its gusseted and lipped casting limits your clamping options (a common problem with most drill presses). But you can overcome that by attaching a larger shop made table. Still, a bigger table and motor would sweeten the $240 (2011) price.