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Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press

Average Customer Rating:
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5 of 5(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Review 1 for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Date:15/12/2011
Reviewer: RogueTwoRobots
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Budget-end product, but good value
"This is no world beater in terms of bench drills, but you shouldn't expect it to be, considering its low cost. I didn't want something fancy for my workshop, just something that would do a nice simple job, simply. And this does. It's five adjustable speeds are enough to suit most materials, and while there is an ever-so-slight wobble in the chuck, it's not enough to notice. Its small dimensions limit what you can drill into, but every other drill in this price range has that issue, and usually a 150w-200w motor to boot.
The only flaw worth mentioning is that the v-belt pulley on the motor output shaft was slipping at first, meaning the chuck wouldn't turn. But a quick application of thread-lock and a tighten of a grub screw was all that was required. Nothing beyond the capabilities of your average DIY enthusiast.
All in all, if you need to do precision jobs, get a precision drill (and expect a 'precision' pricetag) but for general DIY, you can't go wrong with this."
Review 2 for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Date:22/09/2011
Reviewer: Bratachdubh
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Good value for money
"Competent, have used it for drilling both wood and metal. An excellent small bench drill for hobbyists."
Review 3 for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Date:06/07/2011
Reviewer: ESSO
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Nice hobbyist bench drill.
"Well pleased with my purchase. Ideal small workshop drill press for hobbies. Some vibration at higher speeds but getting less with use. Probably needs a "running in" period."
Review 4 for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Date:03/06/2011
Reviewer: ooh2br
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Does the job
"Its a bit noisy, but for what you pay for it you cant expect high quality. But to be fair it does whats expected from it.
Its fine for drilling general holes but if you need somthing that is more precise and you need to work to close tolerances, then you would need to get something that cost over 5 times more that you will pay for this bench drill.
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Review 5 for Performance Power 350W Bench Drill Press
Date:10/03/2011
Reviewer: TechnologyTeacherBloke
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Excellent value for money.
"Being a teacher of Design & Technology in secondary schools I'm used to some serious heavy metal in the workshop. Beasts manufactured by JET, Sealey and Axminster are the norm so, finding myself needing a drill press in a hurry for jobs at home and B&Q being the quickest place to find one I took the plunge and bought one of these machines.
I'd have happily paid nearly double had there been an Axminster store near home but I was glad there wasn't. This drill is an excellent addition to my home workshop, not really needing the sophistication, size or power of a larger machine.
I've read many reviews slating products in this price bracket and, through experience, I find people expect these pieces of equipment to be a magic wand that they wave at a job and expect it done with no hassles. The trick to any piece of machinery is taking the time to ensure it's set up perfectly before trying to use it.
Make sure it's seated securely, use white spirit to clean all the grease the bare metal is coated in to protect it during storage, take care when assembling the stand and chassis to make sure everything is perfectly aligned and most importantly - don't go expecting it to perform like a big pillar drill. If you need that kind of performance then remortgage your house in order to finance a monster capable of the task.
Among the labours this machine was pressed into service performing was cutting hinge holes for 25 kitchen unit doors using a 35mm hinge cutter and this drill coped admirably with the task, even though it was temporarily bolted onto a strip of 25mm MDF and seated on a workmate it only gave small amounts of vibration. It's bolted permanently to my workbench now and all trace of rattle and hum has vanished.
Even my seven year old daughter can use this drill accurately and efficiently (under strict professional supervision of course) for her D&T projects.
Speeds are adjusted in a couple of minutes but I found the fourth fastest speed is pretty good as an all-round setting. I've used a range of bits from 10-38mm flat bits, 2-16mm brad tips as well as the hinge cutter and found the drill handles them all excellently.
If I have any criticism of this machine it's that the feed arms on the spider needed to be tightened constantly (putting a sliver of insulating tape along the thread cures this and depth-stop feels a little flimsy when using a bigger bit like a Forstner but considering the price these are far outweighed by the functionality and quality of this product."
 
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