Skil Benchtop Drill Press Review – Model 3320-01
Over the coming month we’ll be reviewing several drill presses on this site and our home improvement site. To start things off we tested a benchtop drill press from SKIL. The 10″ Benchtop Drill Press from SKIL offers home owners, DIY’ers and hobbyist a small benchtop drill press capable of a wide range of drilling projects.
- 3.2 Amp motor
- LaserX2™ 2 Beam Laser System — For precise hole alignment
- Depth Adjustment System — For easy depth control
- Variable speed (570, 900, 1390, 2050, 3050 RPM) — 5-Speed system for different material types
- 0-45° left and right tilting work surface — Precise and accurate angled drilling
- 7-5/8 in. square work surface — Large surface supports work piece
- ½ in. keyed chuck — Accepts larger diameter bits designed for woodworking and cutting
- Adjustable depth-stop — For accurate depth measurements and repetitive drilling
- Bump-off switch — For added safety
- 120V, 60 Hz
- 3.2 Amp
- 5 Speeds: 570-3,050
- Chuck Size: 1/2 in.
- Drill on Center: 10 in.
- Tilting Work Table: 0-45°
- Table Size: 7-5/8 in. Square
SKIL Drill Press Model 3320-01 Review
The folks at SKIL sent us their 10″ Benchtop Drill Press (Model 3320-01) to test and review. Benchtop tools are very useful in shops with limited space like garages and basements. So it’s the perfect size to kick off our month of drill press reviews.
This drill press takes about 30 minutes to assemble following well written, easy to follow directions (not always easy to find these days!!). All of the materials are heavy duty and well built.
Power & Variable Speed
Model 3320-01 comes with a decent 3.2 amp motor that provides nice power for all the drilling tasks that we attempted. The key to the power is the adjustable speed pulley system located above the motor.
By adjusting the location of the drive belt on the pulleys you can set the drill press to five different speeds.
- 570 RPM
- 900 RPM
- 1390 RPM
- 2050 RPM
- 3050 RPM
Adjusting the drill bit speed is essential for drilling with different bits, bit sizes and materials. You can find a very useful drill speed chart here that gives some great information on the correct speed of drilling based on bit type, size and material.
This drill press uses a manual belt adjustment for changing speeds. Basically that means loosening some belt tension knobs on either side of the housing, manually sliding the motor forward, adjusting the belt and then reversing the steps. If you don’t change speeds very often this isn’t a big deal. If you need to change speeds often you might want to select a drill press with a tension lever.
Adjustable Work Surface/Table
The SKIL Drill Press offers an adjustable work surface built from a machined cast iron plate that easily moves up and down with a crank handle located on the support column. In addition the table can be tilted left or right up to 45 degrees for angled holes (as shown in the adjacent photo).
The work surface table offers slots so that you can use a variety of fences and clamps that use slots. If I had one complaint it would be the small size of the work surface and the lack of a slot for a sacrificial wood block for the drill bits to bottom out on.
LaserX2™ 2 Beam Laser System
The 3320-01 comes with a laser beam system that helps align drill bits on the work piece. As you can see in the photo above the LaserX2™ 2 Beam Laser System projects two laser lines on the work piece. Once you’ve aligned the lasers it really makes lining up large bits (like the Forstner bit shown) much easier and accurate. Aligning and adjusting the lasers is really easy to do. I did find that you need to adjust the laser each time you move the work surface if you want to maintain a really accurate position.
The SKIL drill press comes with a nice large front mounted paddle on/off switch with a built-in safety key. I like both of these features especially for a benchtop drill like this where kids might have easy access to it. As you can see in the photo the safety key pops out of the on/off switch so you can disable the switch when you’re not using it.
I also like having a big paddle on/off switch located on the front of power tools like this one. It makes it very easy to see and recognize in the event of an accident.
The SKIL 10″ Benchtop Drill Press is built with quality materials similar to much larger more expensive drill presses. If you’ve spent much time working with drill presses you’d swear they were all built by the same person as the designs are so similar.
I found this model to be a very good choice for someone with limited space and a limited budget. It offers most of the standard features that you’d want in a drill press including: adjustable speeds, adjustable depth control, laser sights, adjustable work surface and a large 1/2″ chuck to accept most standard drill bits.
Priced at just $119.00 at Lowe’s this is a great value. I did read some negative reviews on their site about some wobbly spindles but I couldn’t reproduce that issue so I think those were isolated issues. All and all I’d recommend this benchtop unit to anyone with limited space and a limited budget.
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