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02-18-2014 07:30 AM

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How many WATS are enought for drillpress for most (amateur) woodworking projects?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 11:05 AM

here is the best i can do ivan

hope this helps

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 01:34 PM

I’m not sure I understand your question, or I guess I should say the reason for asking it. Are you trying to determine the power rating of the motor needed for a woodworking drill press?, or the wiring and circuit breaker needed to feed it?
If it’s the first, I’ve got a small table top drill press that does all that I want, and it’s only 1/6 th HP, or 124 watts. It really depends on how you plan to use it. Wood isn’t the most densest of materials to drill.

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 02:16 PM

I would start with a drill press (assuming you’re getting a bench top model) of at least 1/3 horsepower. The number of watts that will use is greatly dependent on the efficiency of the motor. By avoiding something that’s too small, if and when you decide to upgrade to a larger drillpress, your smaller one will still be of some use instead of just in the way.

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 02:45 PM

My question is regarding overal power of drillpress I want to buy. Is 500W enough for woodworking (for example hinge holes diametar 35 mm, or holes 40 mm).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 03:09 PM

In terms of horsepower 500W would be about 2/3HP.
My first drill press was a 1/2HP and I replaced it with a 3/4HP so you are right in between.
I have never had a problem with power of either machine I have owned.

More important to me are things like stroke length, “daylight” (maximum distance between the chuck and the table), “swing” (distance between the bit and the column, and the range of speed.

For those rather large holes of 35 mm to 40 mm you need a drill press that can get down to 200 to 300 RPM.
If you drill very small holes or do sanding with a drum attachment you need high speed, like up to 3000 RPM.

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 04:15 PM

Depending on how efficient your motor is, 500 watts puts you at least a little over 1/2 horsepower. That should be plenty adequate for drilling holes in the diameter you indicated you would like to be able to do. Like all things there are variables, the two biggest I can think of would be the wood you’re drilling into and how sharp your bit is. As long as your not trying to drill ironwood with a completely dull bit, you should be in good shape. Lots of speeds to choose from can be helpful too.

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#7 posted 02-18-2014 07:16 PM

Thanks all, you were very helpfull.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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