Speaking of value, how about a drill press that not only provides a big 3/4hp motor and 5/8″ chuck but also the versatility of morphing into an oscillating spindle sander? Shop Fox packs two tools in one in the mid-priced W1668. Very useful indeed.
As a drill press, this machine’s nice fit and finish and solid performance in testing left me with no real gripes. I like the double-hex nut depth stop. The tool could use a task light and lever handle for speed changes, but those aren’t deal breakers.
A third pulley between the two main clusters activates the 3/4″ oscillating motion to turn the press into a sander. Installing a third drive belt makes the changeover easy. The table has a through hole for sanding drums, and a set of them with sandpaper comes standard. A dust port helps contain sanding debris. The On/Off switch placement was unusual, but I see no particular safety issues with the side location.