Skil 3320 10-Inch Drill Press Review

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The Skil 3320 Drill Press has quickly become one of the most popular bench top drill presses for the hobbyist or home shop market. For good reason, I’ve found.
Right out of the box, after a quick assembly process that took me around 15 minutes tops, the Skil 3320 was ready to drill good, accurate holes. The cast iron work surface, while not the smoothest to adjust, aligned perfectly at 90 degrees. The spindle had no noticeable runout, and the motor was smooth and quiet.
The included “X” laser is a nice bonus on a machine in this class, and was aligned almost right on from the factory. One small tweak of the easy adjustment pins and it was aligned perfectly. This drill press has a keyed chuck and provides a handy clip to hold the key in a well though out place that’s quick and easy to use.
The Skil 3320-02 drill press has 5 discreet steps that you can use to change the belt position for 570, 900, 1390, 2050 and 3050 RPM speed settings. The 1/2 inch chuck is large enough to accept nearly any bit that is appropriate for using with this size drill press, and the bump-off power switch is conveniently located front and center for shutting down the motor quickly when you are really cruising through your project.
I honestly thought for the money I spent (I paid $107 at Lowe’s with a 10% off coupon) I would be a bit disappointed with the quality. Far from it! The Skil 3320-02 Drill Press compares very favorably to many drill presses that cost considerably more, and I feel like it blows away the others in its price class. Skil has always been a mixed bag for me as far as quality goes, but they got it right on this one.
Fit and finish isn’t as good as the more expensive machines, but the operation is smooth, quiet and accurate, which is really all most of us need from our tools. Polished and frilly, the Skil 3320 is not, but it’s a good light budget work horse that will serve most home shop woodworkers very admirably.
I wouldn’t recommend the Skil 3320 for production work. You would probably be better off with a larger floor press that has faster adjustment capabilities. But if you are a woodworker or metal worker looking for a good quality, reliable, low-cost press, I think the Skil 3320 10-inch Drill Press should be on your short list to consider.

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