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Written on Sunday, June 7, 2015
Pros: cuts through wood easily, easy to put together, spot light
Cons: can't change belt speeds, laser ineffective

As a new(ish) homeowner, I needed to get a small drill press for those odds and ends jobs around the house. I did my research and while I wanted to get an old school drill that will work for a century, I decided on this Ryobi drill from my local Home Depot.

The instructions for assembly of the unit were pretty easy to follow and in total, setup only took about 30 minutes. Use of the drill is easy and it comes equipped with both a laser and a spot light. The spot light is very helpful for me, but the laser is something I don’t even turn on at this point.

As far as operation, it will do its job of drilling through wood without issue. I have used forstner bits as large as 2 1/8 inch on the lower belt speed and it cut through the 2x4 I was drilling easily. It would have worked better if the belt speed was increased, but here is where I have my biggest issue with this product. The instructions don’t tell you how to change the speeds aside from telling you to check the diagram in a later page, but that diagram doesn’t tell you what is needed. I have tried several times, but to no avail, to change the speed and at this point have given up. Part of the problem I have found with this is the housing where the belts are is made of plastic and I feel like if I pull too hard it will break.

At this point, I will continue to use this drill press and would recommend it to an extent, I can’t give it a great rating because of the difficulty in changing the belt speeds.  

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Hobson recommends Ryobi DP 103L Drill Press

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Type: Drill Press
Brand: Ryobi
Category: Home Repair Tools
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