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Powermatic® 1 HP Drill Press, PM2800B

As with every product Powermatic builds, the PM2800B Drill Press pushes the limits of design, innovation, and durability.
Item #
49770
Rating:
88% of 100

Powermatic's Drill Presses are known for their high level of performance and functionality. The PM2800B continues the tradition with its intuitive design and features. At Powermatic, we have a woodworker's intuition which drives our design process. We look for every opportunity to raise the workshop experience to new levels of performance and functionality. So when we set out to redefine what it means to use a Powermatic Drill Press, we wanted it to be as easy, and as intuitive as possible; to allow you to focus your creative energy on the tasks that make woodworking so rewarding. The PM2800B is the culmination of our efforts. The PM2800B brings simplicity to your shop. An ease of use that is truly unique. A level of mechanical elegance that you'll only find in a Powermatic.


Features:
  • An over-sized cast iron base for stability and 2 independent LED work lights for improved visibility
  • For improved accuracy it features a digital RPM readout, allowing you to optimize the spindle speed to the application
  • Laser guides for accurate indication for the tool point
  • Designed with reversible handles mounted to either side of the machine for a higher level of comfort while working the quill
  • A work table that can be rotated to a full 90 degree position
  • A 5/8" keyed chuck and adjustable fence system (perfect for 9- degree relationship to the table) both allow for rapid production by reducing set up time
  • The adjustable material stop makes repetitive actions accurate and quick
  • For added simplicity the PM2800B Drill Press also features a mechanical variable speed allows for full range of speed with no belt changes and a safety key prevents accidental starting
  • Pushes the limits of design, innovation, and durability
(1) Powermatic® 1 HP Drill Press, PM2800B
(1) Instruction Manual
More Information
Brand Powermatic
Manufacturer Part Number 1792800B
Weight 246.0000
Tech Spec
  • Base Size: 13-1/2'' L x 20-1/2'' W
  • Chuck Distance to Base: 43-13/32''
  • Chuck Distance to Table: 24-1/2''
  • Chuck Size: 5/8''
  • Column Diameter: 3-1/8''
  • Column Material: Steel
  • Fence Material: Aluminum
  • Fence Size (L x H): 19-13/16 x 2-11/16
  • Fence Size: 20'' L x 2-3/4'' H
  • Head, Table and Base Material: Cast Iron
  • Height: 15.0000
  • Length: 58.0000
  • Motor Current: 15/7.5 AMP
  • Motor Phase: 1
  • Motor Power: 1 HP
  • Motor Voltage: 115/230 V
  • Number of Spindle Speeds: Variable
  • Powermatic Drill Press Style (Type): 246
  • Prewired Voltage: 115 V
  • Spindle Distance to Base: 44-3/4''
  • Spindle Distance to Table (Max.): 27-3/8''
  • Spindle Speed: 250-3000 RPM
  • Spindle Taper: MT-2/JT-3
  • Spindle Travel: 6''
  • Swing: 18''
  • Table Miter Slots (2): 11/32''W x 3/4-;H
  • Table Size: 20-1/2'' L x 14'' W
  • Table Tilt: 0 to 90 deg. (L and R)
  • Table T-slots (2): 7/32'' W x 3/8'' H
  • Total Dimensions: 18'' L x 20-1/4'' W x 71'' H
  • Weight: 266 lbs
  • Width: 26''
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
Dimensions 15" x 58"
HP 1 HP
Spindle Speed 250 - 3000 RPM
Drill Presses Type Floor Mount
4.4 / 5.0
9 Reviews
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Hard to Set up, But great once in use.
This is a beast to set up but once in place it is very solid to use. I am very pleased. I like the cross hatching lasers and light for detailed work.
April 11, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
lazor light
never could get it dialed in to my liking
March 28, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Powermatic at its best
Don't even consider any other drill press! I've tested and inspected a handful of drill presses before purchasing this and nothing stands up to this one. Yes it's a little pricey but wait for the sale. It's worth it. Set-up took approx 1 hour. Piece of advice, assemble the head laying down and tip it up and do final adjustments when up rite. I operate a small part time custom cabinet and furniture shop and this is now a indispensable piece of equipment to my shop. Purchase one. It will be the last drill press you purchase. Enjoy
April 15, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
It is everything I expected
Runs very smooth and quiet. Variable speed is really great especially with the digital readout. The quality of the machine is outstanding and built to last.
August 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
WOW!
I don't know how I ever managed without this wonderful tool. It lives up to all the billing and more. It's super easy to use and the variable speed is a must. Setting the depth of cut couldn't be easier. And there's plenty of travel to get through any project. It's a bit heavy though, and when they say get a helper to apply the head, they mean it. I was able to lay the pole on it's side and attach the head while resting in the box. Pushing it up to vertical took all I had though. Tough, durable, functional.
September 28, 2014
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Variable speed better than changing belts
Replaces an old off brand bench drill press.

After getting a replacement for defective laser, drill press works well, with the exception of a little more runout (play) in the operation than I would like. A 1/16” bit shows some wobble at all speeds.

The variable speed feature is great.

I am still not comfortable enough with laser positioning to trust it without running the bit (non rotating) down to the intended drill point.
, but it is good for preliminary setup.
August 3, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Good tool
A good tool with many great features. I would prefera keyed
Chuck for heavy work.
October 23, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Heavy
Bought this to upgrade from my ~20 yr old Delta 14", Every part of this machine is heavy. Instructions make it seem that it is very easy to assemble, with 2 people required to put the head on.

I found that 2 people are needed for most of the assembly, especially putting the table on. Like the previous review, I put he head on by leaving it in the box and sliding the post into it. I needed 2 helpers to right it, 2 to lift and 1 to prevent the base from sliding across the floor.

While the machine is spectacular, I am giving it 4 stars as it cannot be completely turned off - the power light and speed indicator are always on.
December 17, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Not as expected
I was much enthused by reviews of this drill press so I decided to buy one. Oops. The poor fit and finish and the noisy drive were totally unexpected. I don't think PM applied their "Gold Standard" to the one I received and am dubious of their products.
January 31, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
This was the best.... and sale.
Stephen Lee W on Nov 27, 2019
Looks like a good tool. This is my first tool by this company. Will see.
Richard B on Mar 8, 2019
This was the best.... and sale.
Stephen Lee W on Nov 27, 2019
Great product reviews for the PM2800B Drill Press from YouTube Woodworking Channels I trust. I have had great results with previous Powermatic equipment.
Alan H on Nov 26, 2019
Looks like a good tool. This is my first tool by this company. Will see.
Richard B on Mar 8, 2019
Reviews and features look amazing
Shaun H on Feb 21, 2019
I have been searching/waiting for years for a drill press that includes all the features the Powermatic now has. Time to retire the drill press feature of my Shop Smith Mark V.
Christopher I G on Feb 2, 2019
NICE DRILL PRESS
danny b on Jun 6, 2018
The spindle travel of 6" plus other useful additions makes this product an excellent choice.
coco h on May 16, 2018
I already have a Powermatic table saw. Love it!
Kevin M on Feb 28, 2018
Best value
William B on Nov 27, 2017
Better reviews than the NOVA 833.
Jim on Oct 11, 2017
No need to change the belt to change the speed.<br />I have other Powermatic machines, so it will match<br />Used on the WoodSmith, PBS show.
Virgil L on Mar 24, 2017
Ease of variable speed adjustment, brand loyalty to Powermatic, keyless chuck.
Brian U on Mar 13, 2017
Reputation of Rockler and previous experience with the store.
Rallah M on Nov 28, 2016
liked all the options. time to up grade to a good machine tool.
MICHAEL S on Jul 26, 2016
I have a Powermatic table saw and am very pleased with the quality, accuracy, and performance. I assume there would be the same quality in the Drill Press, PM2800B
Mike M on Jul 14, 2016
I love quality tools & I love woodworking. After searching I decided this would be the best drill press for my needs.
GORDON W on Nov 29, 2015
Best value for the features in a heavy duty wood working press. I'm looking forward to using this machine.
Chuck on Apr 27, 2015
Great product reviews for the PM2800B Drill Press from YouTube Woodworking Channels I trust. I have had great results with previous Powermatic equipment.
Alan H on Nov 26, 2019
Reviews and features look amazing
Shaun H on Feb 21, 2019
are powermatic tools made in usa?
lannie l on Nov 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe they are made in Taiwan, typically better than China. I have a Powermatic PM2000, 54HH jointer and PM2800B drill press. The manufacturing quality is quite acceptable.
Would this drill press be appropriate in a metal shop or is it designed more for a wood shop ?
Rich B on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have both metal (Bridgeport mill, Logan lathe) and wood (Powermatic PM2000, 54HH jointer, Laguna 1412 bandsaw) and this drill press. It doesn't know whether you are working with wood or metal. Plenty of power and accuracy. In fact, the taper on the spindle is MT2 which matches the Logan tailstock, so I can interchange multiple chucks between lathe and press.
I am looking for a Drill Press and was considering Jet, Grizzly and Powermatic. I love the features of the Powermatic and was curious how stable the table is as per rigid?
Gary K on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the Powermatic on sale but bolted on a wider base of 3/4 MDF to add stability,
The variable speed motor saves changing belt arrangements and the light and cross hair work very well. The only part I may change to later is a keyed chuck to grip the bits better. In the meantime I use Milwaukee identical sized hex shank bits which prevent slippage and make changing from one size to the next quick.

Also added Mobile base under the wider wood base and it works very well together. Just added the Rockler fence with dust port and hooked it up to Dewalt hepa vac w auto power switch so the vac turns on and off w drill press. The table is excellent. Very large and stable and easy to raise or even tilt.
I highly recommend the Powermatic, and view it as the last drill press I will need to buy.
Good luck
Pete, Aug 2017
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Can the quill be locked in a fixed position? ie to use a small drum sander near table surface.
John H on Mar 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not sure about that but the table can be raised or lowered and locked in position relative to the drum sander.
Is any of this made in the USA or just CHINA / other?!?
Bob S on Aug 25, 2016
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Is it possible to have a larger motor installed? Such as a 1 1/2hp, or 2hp?
Ron L on Jun 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Ours has a 1 hp motor. We have not needed more. If you could match up shaft size and motor mount locations I think you could put a larger motor. my concern would be the possibility of the morse taper in the chuck slipping and becoming damaged.