I'm thinking of adding a drill press to my equipment. It would not be used all the time and so don't need anything industrial. Just something for the hobbyist really.
Any recommendations greatly appreciated.
I rarely use my drill press and therefore decided not to spend a lot of money. I bought a Craftsman tabletop model. After getting tired of moving it to and from the workbench and using clamps to secure it I built a cart for it. The cart has the drill press on one side and the hollow chisel mortiser on the opposite. Plus drawers and a shelf to store bits and accessories. this setup has worked great for me, the only drawback not being able to accommodate larger pieces like a floor model would.
I've had a Delta 12 inch tabletop drill press for quite a few years. The first thing I did was build a wide table with an adjustable fence for it (Woodsmith magazine, issue 54). It has a slide out insert for lowering a drum sander slightly below the table. I also bought a mortising attachment for it. Oh, and I occasionally drill holes with it too, lol !
Here's the Grizzly model I picked a couple of years ago: 12 Speed Drill Press. I've used it for drilling through steel, aluminum, and wood, and it's never disappointed. It has a lot of power and is very nice to work with. Before I bought it I was thinking more about purchasing a Delta model instead (my Father is a retired machinist and he thinks highly of that brand). But after working with the Grizzly press all this time, I find it's perfect for hobbyists and DiYers.
I did a lot of research on this for my shop. If you want a powerful drill that is easy to change speeds on this is the one to get. You also have a large working surface. I would totally recommend getting the Jet JDP-17 3/4 hp Drill Press
I don"t use my drill press that much as well. So I bought a RYOBI tables top model. It does everything I want it to do.
I wanted a drill press also but only needed it for one project. So I researched and bought a Sears Sears bench top drill press. I too am a hobbyist and didn't really need one. I'm not a fan of cheap tools and I've always had good luck with Craftsman power tools. After I bought it I use it a lot more than I thought I would. It was a good investment.