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WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

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12 Inch Variable Speed
  • Includes: Drill Press, Mechanical Variable Speed, Laser, Fence, Table Roller Extension, 5/8" Keyed Chuck & Key, Tools for Assembly
  • Infinitely variable speed range 530-3100 RPMS. Mechanical variable speed delivers equal torque throughout the range. LED read out displays speed.
  • Spindle Travel of 3-1/8" with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable drilling operations
  • Durable 2/3hp induction motor develops ample torque and power
  • 9-1/2 x 9-1/2" cast iron worktable features rack & pinion height adjustment and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right
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Product Information

Style Name: 12 Inch Variable Speed
Technical Details
Part Number 4214
Item Weight89 pounds
Product Dimensions13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches
OriginChina
Item model number4214
ColorYellow
Style12 Inch Variable Speed
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
Warranty Description2 Year
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB00HQONFY6
Best Sellers Rank #72,977 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight89 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJanuary 7, 2014
  
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Product Description

Style: 12 Inch Variable Speed

WEN’s 12 inch swing, variable speed drill press with laser centering device, is a powerhouse for your shop. Packed with features that you’ll find in larger more industrial type drill presses. Power through metal, wood and other materials with its max drill capacity of 5/8” in 1” thick cast iron. Variable speed allows you to target in the exact speed (infinitely from 530-3100) that works for your project. While you are working, simply move a lever and adjust the speed. No pulleys and belts to change! Our mechanical variable speed design delivers the same power and torque through the entire speed range. A digital readout powered by LED’s displays the running speed. Rigid frame construction of cast iron: head, table, and base ensures accurate holes. Its powerful induction motor features ball bearings for an extended life and it all comes together with smooth and balanced performance even at high speeds. The 5/8” chuck gives you versatility with a variety of bits and features on-board chuck key storage, so you never have to hunt around for it. Worktable bevels 45° left and right for those tricky operations for the perfect right angles consistently. Also includes a retractable roller extension that adjust left and right. Base has predrilled holes for mounting onto a bench or work stand. Slotted table allows for mounting clamps and vises for effective workholding. An on-board LED light illuminates your work area to increase visibility and for safer use. The X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials. A very versatile and valuable tool for any shop especially when you expand its range of use with optional accessories such as mortising attachment, drum sanders, circle cutters, etc… Since 1951, WEN has proudly produced innovative powered tools focused on value delivering meaningful features that will help you complete and enjoy the work as much as the project.

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Customer Reviews

It seems to work well and runs very smooth.
George Coutros
I only need to drill small exotic woods- and this WEN drill press was perfect on all my sets.
William E. Mitchell
Really like this one does everything I need!!!
Paul Vandivier

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Sam on December 5, 2014
Style Name: 12 Inch Variable Speed
OK, I had a 8 inch harbor freight drill press and needed a taller drill press, so after some research I decided on splurging for the WEN 4214 12 inch, wow, when it arrived a used my hand truck to get it up stairs to my work shop. unpacked and assembled. It was easy to figure out what went where... Once assembled I put it side by side with my HF 8 inch... I now feel like I have a real drill press... Here are the photos they speak for themselves.... Overall It looks and feels like a winner. oh and it is nice and quiet....

UPDATE: 02/02/2015 OK, finally had a chance to use my new WEN 4214 12 inch drill press.

when turning it on it is very quiet, setting the speed with the handle to the left is very easy and very useful... I tried to drill a project of 160 PVC parts, that I have drilled in the past with my older HF drill press, and what a noticeable difference. The HF drill press speed was way to fast and always heated up the PVC and made it bind to the PVC. now with my new WEN 4214, I adjusted the speed down to a slower speed using the handle to the left, and it eliminated this problem. This drill press drills very smoothly and accurately... and it did the job in less than half the time of my old HF Drill Press, and was easy on my hands when I was holding the PVC in place. I think it was well worth the money, because I am a happy camper.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By stonebit on September 15, 2014
Style Name: 12 Inch Variable Speed Verified Purchase
This thing is just great. The chuck, bearings, and alignment is spot on. There is no wobble from the end of the chuck that i have the ability to detect at all. A long quality bit doesn't rattle around at all. The variable speed adjustment works fine. Digital readout is easy to read. I don't think i'll ever use the little fence or roller, so i took those off. The crank to raise and lower the table works fine.

Gripes:
- The chuck key has a little spring loaded pin in the end that prevents you from accidentally leaving the key in the chuck. This is just stupid and makes it harder to tighten the chuck. I cut it almost completely off and now it's fine. If i ever leave the key in the chuck and turn it on, who cares. It's not like it turns into a high speed projectile! Some people watch too many movies.
-The set screw on the base for the pole was stripped out. I had to back the screw out to get the pole in, then the screw had no threads to pinch on the pole. I remedied that by drilling holes straight through and put a bolt across the entire base through the pole. This is much more secure and i'd recommend doing this anyway.
-The table tilt requires loosening a nut (it comes with cheap wrench to do this). I wish it was easier, but it's good enough for me since i won't be tilting it much.

Pros:
-Strong motor! 2/3 HP. You won't find another motor this big on anything else this size or price point.
-Smooth operation of press!
-There is a depth gauge with a depth stop AND a retraction stop. You can set both and just move the bit up and down rapidly if you're making several holes.
-No wobble!

Other things:
-The roller on the table rolls easily and adjusts easily.
-The fence is good enough if you can use it.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By James J. Finn on March 3, 2014
Style Name: 12 Inch Variable Speed Verified Purchase
Assembly was easy. Best instruction manual of any Chinese tool, yet. Turned drill press on and noticed that the RPM LED failed to light up and give a reading. I called Great Lakes Tech Support and left a message. They called back a couple hours later. Impressive. Recommended to return the unit. Acknowledged the probability of a poor inspection. The drill looks to be well made and the chuck spun with a marginal degree of run out. Almost kept this press despite the RPM LED failure, but decided otherwise and returned it. I will reorder another, just to make sure that this was not a "one-off." If it is better, then I will revise my review.

Okay, Amazon was out of stock when I returned this, so I ordered the second one from Home Depot. The product that I received was in much better shape. There is little run-out. The motor had a knocking sound at slow speeds that appears to have lessened, but is still present. The laser was drastically off, but is fairly easy to adjust. It appears that many of the parts are the same as the comparable Jet drill press, which is $100 more. If this holds up, then this is a good value. I will try to update in a year.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By So Many Bananas on March 29, 2014
Style Name: 8 Inch 5 Speed Verified Purchase
Got the the 8-inch 5 Speed drill press and am blown away by the quality. Given that it was only $80, I wasn't expecting much performance but got it anyway since I needed it for a small job so it didn't need to last and last. It ended up being a bigger job that required a ton of drilling, boring, counterboring, countersinking, even some tapping (manual assist) on MDF and aluminium. This performed fantastically well and far exceeded expectations. Fantastic.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By James C. Adamson on February 15, 2014
Style Name: 10 Inch Variable Speed Verified Purchase
I just received this little press and already I love it. I haven't used it enough yet to speak to the torque but I am absolutely amazed at the accuracy. The spindle ranout well under .0005. In fact I thought my indicator was off the taper. The chuck ran out around .006 which isn't bad at all for a "kit" chuck. I had planned to buy a better chuck if the spindle ran out good and now I will.

I bought this little job with the variable speed sheeves for light work and it's going to be a real gem for that purpose. Maybe I was just lucky but the machine was finished well, packed with care, and stacks up nicely with machines costing a lot more.

I highly recommend it for light hobby work.
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