|Item Weight||89 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches|
|Item model number||4214|
|Style||12 Inch Variable Speed|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2-year warranty, 90-day commercial|
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WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
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- Infinitely variable speed ranges from 580-3200 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. Motor: 120 V, 60 Hz
- 9-1/2 x 9-1/2" cast iron worktable features rack & pinion height adjustment and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right
- Includes drill press, mechanical variable speed, laser, table roller extension, 5/8" keyed chuck & key, tools for assembly
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From the manufacturer
- Variable Speed
- Onboard Worklight
- Precision Laser
- Beveling Worktable
- 5 Amp Induction Motor
- 3-1/8-inch Spindle Travel
- Digital Speed Readout
- Table Roller Extension
- 5/8-inch Keyed Chuck
- Two-Year Warranty
No More Manual Belt Changes
Remember when power tools were actually powerful? The WEN 12-inch Variable Speed Drill Press powers through metal, wood, plastic and other materials. Drill a 5/8 inch hole through heavy duty cast iron. The mechanical variable speed allows you to target in the exact RPM (from 580 to 3200) for your project with the simple turn of a lever while the digital LED readout displays the current speed. The powerful induction motor features ball bearings for an extended life and balanced performance. The 5/8-inch chuck with MT2 spindle taper gives you versatility with a variety of bits and features on-board chuck key storage. Worktable bevels 45° left and right for those tricky operations for the perfect right angles consistently. The X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points, saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials. Remember when you could drill with laser precision? Remember WEN.
Depth Adjustment Gauge
Set the depth adjustment knobs to limit your spindle travel for accurate and repeatable drilling operations.
Digital Speed Readout
The LED screen displays the current speed of the drill press so you know the exact RPM at every moment.
Illuminate your workpiece with the onboard work light for maximum visibility and precision.
Table Roller Extension
Extend the table roller for up to 17 inches of support for your workpiece.
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|Swing||8 Inches||10 Inches||10 Inches||12 Inches||15 Inches||17 Inches|
|Spindle Travel||2 Inches||2-1/2 Inches||2-3/8 inches||3-1/8 Inches||4 Inches||4-3/4 Inches|
|Speed Range||740 to 3140 RPM||600 to 3100 RPM||530-3100 RPM||580 to 3200 RPM||280 to 3300 RPM||180 t0 2940 RPM|
|Number of Speeds||5 Speeds||5 Speeds||Variable Speeds||Variable Speeds||Variable Speeds||12 Speeds|
|Amperage||2.3 Amps||3.2 Amps||4.5 Amps||5 Amps||8.6 Amps||13 Amps|
|Chuck Capacity||1/2 Inch||1/2 Inch||1/2 Inch||5/8 Inch||5/8 Inch||5/8 Inch|
|Height||23-1/8 inches||26-1/2 inches||34 Inches||36-1/2 Inches||63 Inches||65-1/2 Inches|
|Table Size||6-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches||7-5/8 x 7-5/8 Inches||8 x 7-2/3 Inches||9-1/2 x 9-1/2 Inches||12 x 12 Inches||14 x 14 Inches|
|Add-Ons||Key Storage||Laser, Work Light, Key Storage||Digital Speed Readout, Laser, Key Storage||Digital Speed Readout, Work Light, Table Roller Extension, Laser, Key Storage||Digital Speed Readout, Flexible Work Light, Laser, Key Storage||Laser, Work Light, Key Storage|
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Remember when power tools were actually powerful? 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. This bench-top, cast iron drill press has the power to drill through metal, wood and other materials. Max drill capacity is 5/8” in 1” thick cast iron. The variable speed feature allows you to target in the exact speed (infinitely from 580-3200 RPM) that works for your project. While you are working you simply move a lever and adjust the speed as needed. No pulleys and belts to change! Our design uses a mechanical variable speed which allows for the same power and torque through the entire speed range. A digital readout powered by LED’s displays the running speed. Constructed with a rigid frame consisting 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 with MT2 spindle taper 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. Base has predrilled holes for mounting onto a bench or work stand. Slotted table allows for mounting clamps and vises for effective mounting. The X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials. A versatile and valuable tool for any shop especially when you expand its range of use with optional accessories such as mortising attachments, 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. Remember when you could drill with laser precision? Remember WEN.
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So, I carefully reviewed all the available Drill Press offerings.
This Wen 4212 has the best feature set and the best price, my worry was that it's made in China. I called Wen ( who actually answered the Phone which gave me confidence that they support their products ).
The Press was shipped to me, it arrived very quickly, assembled quickly and worked beautifully. I'm pleased.
I use this Press on every project, I use it every day, it's as smooth as butter in operation. I'm accustomed to a Big Clausing Industrial drill press and Bridgeport Milling machines so I have experience in these things.
Con: No spindle lock. I'm adjusting to this missing element and may perform "surgery" to the Press to include this important feature.
Pro: It's actually better than I can use. It has 5/8" Chucking ( I need only 1/2" ) I'd thought that I'd replace the Key'd chuck with a keyless except the supplied chuck is better than any key'd chuck I've ever encountered ( I'm loving the supplied chuck ). The Lasers are wonderful ( I've never had that feature on a Machine and thought it would be "training wheels" but it turned out to be invaluable. ( I love it ). The Variable speed is superb. I replaced the supplied Light bulb with a 80 Watt equivalent LED bulb to great result.
This is an ideal woodworker's drill press, it's probably not an Industrial Steel workhorse press, it has sufficient power for my largest Forstner Bit ( 2 1/4" ).
I own a WEN 4 X 36 Bench Sander which is also superb.
I'm considering other WEN products! , they seem to be presenting the best "Value for Money"
Assuming this issue is resolved to my satisfaction, the press is fair value for the price. Agree with other reviewers, the fit and finish is clearly below standard.
Update: I have had this press for several weeks, the initial issue with the top and alignment is resolved. I am generally very pleased with the unit after the initial issues.
- 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.
-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.
-The roller on the table rolls easily and adjusts easily.
-The fence is good enough if you can use it.
-The base is true (flat).
-The plug is long, cord is flexible, and beefy enough for the motor.
-Lasers on tools are mostly stupid. Same here. I've never used it. One laser is out of focus a bit. You'd have to re-adjust every time you move the table, so why bother. Just punch a small mark and your bit will be true every time.
-It came with red safety glasses, i guess for the laser. They are the epitome of the 90s. Great for a party if you want to look really 90s cool.
-Other than the handle knobs, the switch, and LCD/front panel, i haven't found any plastic on this. That's a good sign for me. The important stuff is metal, including the hood.
This is seriously the best drill press i've seen around this price. I've been saving for a high quality press. I thought i'd have to spend some serious money on something really good quality. This has all the features and is the same quality as the $600-700 presses out there. If a 6" throat is plenty for you like it is for me, you will be quite satisfied with this. At under 300, you will not find a better machine or one as affordable.
Also there was a lot of play in the belt. It would move sideways about 2"-3" which was the cause of at least part of the vibration.
Something in the motor was making a noise like there was a loose wire spinning with the motor.
There were some other smaller issues.
I've also gotten one from the local box store to make sure it is not just one bad machine. The sparks were flying from that one and motor was gaining and loosing speed all the time.
I am pretty disappointed in the built quality because the design looks good and there is a lot of good ideas there. I wish the execution was there as well.