Quick Look Specifications
Variable Speed (500 – 3000 RPM)
3-1/8 inch Spindle Travel
5/8 inch Keyed Chuck
9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ Table – Tilts 45°
12 inch Swing
2 Year Warranty
When looking around at drill presses it can be hard to distinguish the differences between some models. colour and some minor design changes are obvious differences but have no impact on performance or usefulness to the end user.
To discover the real differences you have to dig a little deeper and look a little closer
Looking at the General International 75-010 M1 nothing really stands out, at first.
It has similar characterics two other bench top drill presses in the bench top line here. The Jet J-2530 and the Wen 4214. In fact it has closer work capabilities to the Wen.
General International 75-010 M1 has an industrial quality 1/3HP motor. The cooling fins on the alloy housing give reference to this. And although it’s not stated, so I am guessing, the motor will have an IP rating – even if it’s just for dust.
A variable speed unit is used to supply the different speeds required. Unlike a conventional stepped pulley and belt system the variable speed unit can be adjusted on the fly without stopping the drill.
These units also give greater control over the speeds required by the user. So long as those speeds are with in the parameters set. In this case they are 500 – 3000 RPM
A digital display on the front indicates the speeds.
Spindle travel is 3-1/8 inches. That drilling depth can be controlled using the external depth stop.
A standard 5/8 keyed chuck slips into a morse taper (MT2) in the spindle. A convenient chuck key holder is attached to the side of the head.
Distance between the the tip of the chuck and the table when lowered is 15 inches (380 mm). Swing the table out of the way and the gap from chuck to base is 21-7/8″ (556 mm).
The throat distance (measured from chuck center to column) is 6 inches. Double that number and we get a swing of 12 inches (305 mm)
Supporting the work to be drilled is a 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ table. Height adjustment is by crank rack and pinion.
A built in laser pointer makes center hole location easy.
Overall height of the General International 75-010 M1 is 33 inches (840 mm) and weight is 75 pounds (34 kg)
It also has a feature that most, including me, would find hard to understand.
Forced opening line interrupter switch. That requires a machine restart in case of power failure or circuit interruption.
So keeping it simple this switch is like protection device against power surges.
If you have read the post on the Wen 4214, then you may have seen the other 12 inch options there.
If not here they are. The Wen is included as the General International was optioned on the Wen post.
The basis for comparison is the Swing size, that being 12 inches.
There is the Jet 716000.
This really is the same drill press as the WEN but with JET colours and branding. The only real difference being the Wen has a 2/3HP motor and the Jet has a 1/2HP.
Let’s not forget pricing, the Jet, being basically the same, costs a third more.
A second drill press is the Klutch 12″.
Very similar to the other two….but, has a 3/4HP motor. It also has a slower low end speed of 480 RPM. Priced in between the Wen and the Jet. More info on this brand can be found on NorthernTool.
For a third comparison drill press I looked at the Wen 4214.
The Wen has a 2/3HP motor. It’s popularity is possibly driven by the fact it has the lowest price of these 12 inch drill presses.