I have created this delta drill press guide in order to help you choose the right tool for your workshop. I’m fully aware that purchasing a high quality drill press is a serious decision that takes some research, so my goal with this guide was to make sure you have all the information you need, gathered neatly in one place, to make the selection process smoother and easier for you. If you’re an avid woodworker, you might also want to check out some miter saw reviews and information on quality miter saw workshop stands, as you are likely to need one in your wood-shop as well.

What You’ll Learn Here

The layout of this guide is quite simple, though a lot of research and practical experience were required to create it.

If you look below, you’ll see a list of the top delta drill press models that are currently on the market. Each drill press contains full specs, a review, as well as information on where the cheapest outlet for that particular press can be found. I will also include a link to a more detailed review, which I have written to give you even more detailed information about the drill press in question. Finally, if you’re looking for additional tools for your workshop and/or need to get some cutting done, take a look at Table Saw Choice for an overview and reviews of the finest table saws, be it portable, contractor, cabinet or hybrids.

Let’s dive right in.

Reviews

I’ll start with the model that is by far the most popular one in the Delta line.

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

Manufacturer:Delta Machinery
Model:18-900L Drill Press
Motor:3/4 HP
Chuck:5/8" Jacobs®
Speed:16 options, range: 170 - 3000 RPM
Quill stroke:6"
Drills in:Wood, metal, and plastic
Weight:240 lbs.
Dimensions:70" x 28" x 20"
Table size:20" x 14"
Warranty:5 years
Learn More:Click for full specs, pricing and ratings from other woodworkers

As I’ve already mentioned, this is Delta’s most popular drill press, and not without reason. Apart from being extremely heavy-duty and durable, it has a few exceptionally useful features that make it stand out from the competition.

The belt drive system is comprised of 3 pulleys and two belts, which provide you with 16 different speeds (170 – 3000 RPM). The great thing is that Delta has patented a unique, quick and safe way for changing that speed with no hassle whatsoever. Here is a rundown of how it works: you simply need to move a spring-loaded lever in order to move a roller pin out of the way, which releases tension from the belts. All you need to do now is make your belt changes according to the speed you want, then move the spring-loaded lever again to move the roller pin back into position, which automatically applies the proper tension for the speed you have selected. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anything like this before and it makes changing the speed on the Delta drill press No. 18-900L extremely simple and almost a pleasure. See my detailed review with pictures to get a better understanding on the process.

From Delta: Designed to provide the accuracy and precision you need to get the job done right the first time, this tool is ideal for woodworking.

The power switch is proudly displayed on the front panel, and what’s great about it is that it’s so big that you can easily hit it with your open palm to quickly shut down the drill press in case of an emergency. It’s just as easy as hitting the emergency button on a treadmill! Right above the power switch are two bubble switches which you can use to activate the LED light (does not produce heat) and the laser cross-hair. The LED light is mounted on a flexible stalk which is very easy to position according to your needs. Let me say a few words about the laser now.delta drill press

While most other drill press lasers I’ve worked with were highly inaccurate, the 18-900L’s twin laser system is absolutely spot-on and as accurate as it can get, showing you the exact position of where the bit will land. Regarding the depth-stop/quill-lock system, I have nothing but good things to say as well, as it’s most likely the finest one I’ve ever seen on a drill press. Both stops use split nuts, which you can very easily move by pushing down a button that disengages the split nuts, allowing them to freely slide up and down the threaded rod. Once you release the button, the split nuts immediately lock back onto the threads, and you can then micro-tune your stops by simply turning the split nuts. The whole system is extremely heavy duty, it does not wobble or shake whatsoever. The good news don’t end here though.

The table on this delta drill press is full of surprises. First of all, you can raise it up and down by using a crank located at the back of the machine. Another particularly useful feature is the tilting mechanism, which allows you to tilt the table forward up to 48 degrees, as well as rotate it up to 90 degrees left and right (chairmakers will be very happy for sure). The tilting system is easy to use, very safe, and really accurate, which may come as a surprise considering the table is cast-iron. Oh, and one more thing – the entire table rotates a full 360 degrees around the column, making it very easy to move out of the way whenever needed.

Click here for user ratings and current pricing on the Delta 18-900L.

The machine both looks great and sounds great as well. It’s very quiet, to the point where you can easily have a conversion with someone next to the running machine, and even whispers would be easily heard. This is just icing on the cake, but it really adds to the overall wonderful experience that this Delta press provides. Again, and if you’d like to learn more about this press, please refer to my detailed Delta 180-900L review.

Oh, and one last thing – the quill feed. As everything else in this press, it’s very well-designed, hefty, and the handles are really comfortable. The entire 6-inch-travel can be fed with literally just one turn, while still giving you full and precise control over the entire process.

Delta 17-950L 16-1/2″ Laser Drill Press

Manufacturer:Delta Machinery
Model:17-950L
Motor:1/2 HP
Chuck:5/8" Jacobs®
Speed:12 options, range: 250 - 3000 RPM
Drills in:Wood, metal, and plastic
Weight:194 pounds
Dimensions:66" x 12-3/4" x 25-1/4"
Table size:18" x 14"
Warranty:5 years
Learn More:Click for full specs, pricing and ratings from other woodworkers.

This drill press is a little difficult to find on the market right now in new, un-used condition, however the link above is a safe place to buy it if you are interested.

The Delta 17-950L is what I consider to be a more “basic” version of the above-mentioned Delta 18-900L. It includes a 1/2 HP induction motor, and twin, cross-hair adjustable laser which is as accurate as this kind of technology can get – it’s also very bright and easy to see regardless of the surface you are working with. Keep in mind though that the laser requires a 9 Volt battery, which is typically not included in the package.

Repetitive drilling is easy with the 17-950L thanks to the depth stop with adjustable position. The table size, while not as big as the one that comes with the 18-900L, is still big enough for a comfortable working environment, standing at exactly 18″ x 14″. This drill press also includes an adjustable, flexible lamp, though keep in mind that the light can sometimes interfere with the laser making it a bit more difficult to see in certain conditions.

For more information and high quality pictures of this drill press, please refer to my Delta 17-950L review.

Delta DP300L 12-Inch Drill Press

Manufacturer:Delta Machinery
Model:DP300L
Motor:1/3 HP, 120V, 60 Hz, 1 Phase, 1,725 rpm
Drills in:Wood, metal, and plastic
Weight:85 pounds
Dimensions:31" x 18" x 13"
Table size:8-1/2"x9-7/8"
Speed:5 (620; 1,100; 1,720; 2,340; 3,100 rpm)
Warranty:2 years
Learn More:Click for full specs, pricing and ratings from other woodworkers

Released back in 2006, it’s still the most reliable and versatile bench top drill press in the Delta line. The table is mounted on a rack-and-pinion mechanism, meaning you can quickly and easily move it up and down. As with other Delta drills, it comes with a very bright laser cross-hair to help you enhance your drilling accuracy.

Two other features that I find convenient about the Delta DP300L are a movable 11″ diameter tray, which you can place your tools in for easy access – the tray can be moved out of the way if necessary. The other feature is a lamp mounted on a flexible draler, so you can point the light exactly where you want it to be. The machine is very quiet, similar to the more expensive models, so noise should not be an issue. Here is a quote from a fellow woodsmaker about this particular drill press:

As for use, the drill has very little runout, is smooth, reliable, consistent and easy to use.

Comes with a tilt table (includes c-clamp edge and parallel slots), and a quill with 1-1/2″ diameter and a stroke of 2-3/8″ – more than enough for what you would normally want to do on a tabletop drill press. Here is what you’ll get in your package with this delta drill press: motor, utility tray, adjustable laser pod, tilting table, lamp (flexible), depth stop, the rack-and-pinion mechanism for repositioning the table, capacity chuck (1/2″) and key, base, column, belt and pulleys, and of course the manual with assembly instructions and usage guide.

Delta 15-344 15-Inch Drill Press

Manufacturer:Delta Machinery
Model:15-344 Drill Press
Motor:3/4 HP
Speed:16 options, range: 170 - 3000 RPM
Drills in:Wood, metal, and plastic
Weight:240 lbs.
Dimensions:70" x 28" x 20"
Table size:20" x 14"
Warranty:5 years
Learn More:Click for full specs, pricing and ratings from other woodworkers

This is the high-end drill press in the Delta inventory, and obviously the most expensive one as well. It has a 3/4 HP three-phase 200 volt motor that includes a push-button magnetic starter (24 volt). Thanks to its variable speed drive, it’s possible to chance the spindle speed without having to turn the machine off and while it is running! Drill tension is automatically maintained the entire time the machine is running, meaning no power loss at any point will occur, regardless of load conditions. Also, and this you will find interesting, here is a piece of info directly from the manufacturer:

“Extra-large spindle bearings, spindle and spindle pulley are supported by four over-sized, pre-loaded, lubricated-for-life ball bearings.” The following items are included in the package: motor and controls, belt and pulley guard, table, belt and motor pulley, depth gauge, self-locking depth stop, self-ejecting chuck key, column, instruction manual, and everything you need to get set up and ready to work.

Delta Drill Press – What Now?

I’m going to guess and assume that you are most interested in the Delta 18-900L, as that is what over 90% of the people visiting this website enquire about.

If that is the case, then again I would recommend checking out my Extended Review of that drill press, where you will find an answer to almost every question you could have on the subject.

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