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HOBBY DRILL PRESS

SKILL 3320-01

Quick Look Specifications

5 Speeds (570 – 3050 RPM)

2-1/2 inch Spindle Travel

1/2 inch Keyed Chuck

7-5/8″ x 7-5/8″ Table – Tilts 45° Left & Right

10 inch Swing

3 Year Warranty

Overview - Skil 3320-01

The Skil 3320 is the smallest of the drill presses mentioned here and it got included because I realise not everyone requires a drill with a 5/8 chuck and 12 or more speeds. Some hobbyists have simpler and smaller needs.

Powered by a 1/4hp motor and with only 5 adjustable speeds ranging between 570 – 3050 RPM this drill press is the one you turn to when the hand held is not quite good enough.

The chuck is 1/2 inch (13mm) and tightened by key. Distance between chuck center and column is 5 inches (127mm) giving a full Swing of 10 inches (254mm).

Being made of cast iron the table measures 7-5/8″ x 7-5/8″ and uses a rack and pinion handle system for height adjustment. Often these smaller drill presses do not have the assistance of rack and pinion.

Table can tilt 45 degrees in both directions.

Spindle travel is 2-1/2 inches (63mm) and there is a locking depth stop.

This machine does have a laser cross hair, though I’d be dubious of it’s accuracy as it seems to be fitted as an after thought – powered by AA batteries.

Over all height of the Skil 3320-01 is 22 inches (559mm) and weighs in at 52 pounds (24kg).

We (wife and I) have a similar one in her craft room, perfect for what she does but I would recommend securing it to the bench. 

Other Small Drill Press Considerations

It’s amazing how handy a small bench top drill press can be.

I’m often using the wifey’s for drilling small holes in some of my smaller engineering projects. For some strange reason it seems quicker. Probably because she always has her speed setting on high. (and most of my small drill bits are normally found there)

Here is 3 other similar 10 inch drill presses.

Bucktool 10″ 5 Speed

This drill press probably the one I should have covered instead of the Skil as a 10 inch drill press.

It has a couple of features that put it in better light. Those being – it has a 2/3HP motor vs 1/4HP and it has and LED work light. The laser cross hairs are power connected, not battery operated. Although it does fall short on spindle travel at only 2 inches.

Genesis GDP1005A

This drill press had me umming and arrhing because it comes with a 5/8 chuck.

One of the main reasons to buy a small drill press is the capability of holding small drill bits. Many 5/8 chucks don’t do it well. However, if the larger chuck is more appealing to you then this small bench top maybe worth a look. It does have a work light and it comes with a 2 year warranty.

Wen 4210

I couldn’t leave the Wen out. There is little difference between the Wen and the Skil, but because it is a brand many recognise it’s logical to include it for a comparison. It does have an onboard work light and a laser.

The is something to consider when looking at the smaller drill presses. Most are cheap and for a reason. Don’t expect precision quality parts.

Even though I know this, it still did not put me off buying the small one we have.

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