|Item Weight||89 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.5 x 36.63 x 16.75 inches|
|Item model number||4214|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2-year warranty, 90-day commercial|
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WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press,Orange
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
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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. Front to the back of the motor is 22 inches
- Quill diameter of 2.17 inches. Durable 2/3hp induction motor develops ample torque and power. Motor: 120 V, 60 Hz. Laser Module: Class III
- 9-1/2 x 9-1/2" cast iron worktable features rack & pinion height adjustment and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right. Width with the handles: 14-1/2"
- Includes drill press, mechanical variable speed, laser, table roller extension, 5/8" keyed chuck & key, tools for assembly.Drill press Height from the Floor to the top: 37 inch
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- 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. DO NOT use power tools in the presence of flammable liquids or gases. Drill press Base -10 x 16 inches
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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"
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.
Also understand, I purchased this with the full expectation of later modifying and upgrading anything I was unhappy with. For $225 and free shipping, I had very moderate expectations for out of the box performance, fit and finish.
Packaging: This unit was well packaged in close fitting foam, and despite broken foam and a box that looks the part of the global journey it has been on, the machine arrived with no damage and nothing missing.
Assembly: If you are mechanically minded, you do not need instructions. The machine has been partially assembled in a very clever manner, and there is very little to do to complete the full assembly. It took me longer to modify a stand I had sitting around to mount the machine on than it did to assemble this. From unboxing to plugged in and running was less than 45 minutes. Everything assembled flawlessly.
Performance: I had read several reports of the machine being underpowered. It is probably only underpowered based on perception of the motor size vs manufacturer claims (it's probably not as powerful as the manufacturer claims) (then again, Ridgid claims my wet/dry vac is 6.0 horsepower, so ...). Or, underpowered based on wildly unrealistic expectations for a 12 inch benchtop drill press.
To test, I chucked up a 1/2" drill (drill was new) and without a pilot hole, quickly drilled through a piece of 1/4" steel angle and also through a scrap piece of 1/2" steel plate. There was no bogging or hesitation. I have since drilled dozens of holes in steel, cast iron and wood. I've used twist drills, countersinks, forstner and auger drills, paddle bits This machine is not underpowered at all and absolutely destroys the performance of any battery powered hand drill. It's obviously far easier to use for accurate drilling compared to a corded hand drill.
Features/Fit/Finish, in no particular order:
1) The laser is accurate, though to me, it's really only useful for quickly punching a hole in something where accuracy isn't important. Otherwise, it's a neat feature.
2) I like the work-lamp. It's bright enough to do a good job of lighting up the work area without causing unnecessary glare.
3) The slide out material support annoys me. The roller rattles like crazy, but soon enough I will weld up a permanent workstation for the drill press and will get rid of the slide out support.
4) The variable speed is really nice to have, though I think this is intended mostly as a woodworking drill press as the low rpm range is 550~ and I would prefer around 200. It takes effort to adjust speeds, but does adjust smoothly. The drive system is a bit noisy (most Reeves pulleys are) and there is some vibration, but honestly, the machine is surprisingly smooth running. I have only experienced truly vibration free performance on drill presses like the Powermatic PM2800. That machine is huge and is also $1500. So again, adjust your expectations.
5) The table rides up and down on the rack as well as machines many times this price. The table locks up square to the spindle (good thing, there is no front to back adjustment, so casting accuracy was good enough).
6) The chuck, arbor and spindle all seem reasonably concentric. I will not be setting up a test indicator, because I do not care. This is not a mill. I chucked a piece of drill rod and there is no perceptible runout by eye and that is more than good enough for any drill press. (go to youtube and watch Frank Hoose's video on 3 jaw chuck runout and you'll see how easy it is to spot runout by eye).
7) The switch sucks. It's the worst thing on the machine. It's cheap, it will probably be the first thing to break. I hope it breaks soon, so I can justify replacing it with a push/pull or some sort of magnetic switch.
8) I could not find any defects in any of the castings. The table did have some minor burrs from machining, but nothing 2 seconds with a file doesn't solve.
9) Table finish - People complain about the relatively rough milling of the table. Actually, I like it and it's smoother than it looks. Finely ground cast iron is slick (like on a nice table saw). The finish on this table makes clamping workpieces down easy and helps to keep them in place without having to go 800 pound gorilla on the clamp.
10) Paint - It's cheap, but isn't horrid. It's a match for the price of the machine. I like the color as orange is one of my favorites.
11) The chuck is nice and locks securely without a ton of effort. Though, a key-less chuck will replace this soon, because I don't want to keep track of the key. There is a nice key holder and it's easy to use.
12) Knurled thumbwheels instead of nuts on the depth stop is an awesome touch. Much better than the garbage depth stops you find on the Harbor Freight presses.
13) The quill operates smoothly, but the quill return spring is crunchy. I expect this will need replaced, if only because it's annoying me.
In conclusion, there is nothing amazing about this drill press. At the price of $225 though, it's an excellent buy. The JET branded machine is $400 and is not worth that asking price. And this is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the Harbor Freight offerings in terms of features and fit/finish.
As things break, I'll update this review, but unless something catastrophic happens, it's not changing from 5 stars. I purchased this with the full intent of modifying and upgrading everything possible and am extremely happy with my purchase.
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UPDATE: I have been using my replacement so far and so far so good. Amazon paid for the shipping since im a prime member. If you want to see it in action search "Jeff Streak" lathe restore, chose the "test drive" video, and move to about 1 minute and 8 seconds. Amazon reviews would not let me post the link. Anyways, so far so good. Will update this later.
The assembly instructions are a bit goofy. (They start OK by listing the assembly steps in order, but then mix in some maintenance steps like telling you to remove the chuck right after you've installed it!) Another strange thing is that the digital RPM meter is powered up whenever the drill is plugged in. Even if it's switched off! Wastes 4 watts of power 24/7 unless you use a power bar or rewire the Drill Press. Table angle is adjustable but it's not an easy thing to do.
But, these are minor quibbles. It's a pretty solid device with a lot of features for the money.