Powermatic PM2800B Drill Press Review
The Powermatic PM2800B Drill Press brings exactly what you would expect from a company that calls itself “Powermatic.” This is one of the best floor-standing drill presses you can find, so if you’re looking for a large piece of equipment that can finally and permanently fill a hole in your work shop, this is a machine you’ll definitely want to check out.
About as powerful as these types of power tools tend to get, fitting this hulking 266 pound beast in your shop might feel like landing a jumbo jet in a hangar. And it may as well have a jet engine, with the 1 horsepower motor that can be easily adjusted for spindle speeds between 25 and 300 RPM. The 18 inch swing, 6 inch quill travel and 20 by 14 inch surface mean that you can handle large jobs on this machine, no problem. But that’s not all.
Bells and whistles abound on this luxury drill press — it boasts laser guides that provide an accurate indicator for drilling, two adjustable LED work-lights that eliminate shadows from your work surface, and even reversible handles that you can mount on either side of the press (just a happy little shout out to all of you handy left handers!).
Other exciting and practical components include a replaceable work table that can be rotated to a full 90 degree position, a 5/8 inch keyless chuck for simple bit changes, and a digital RPM readout that allows you to track and optimize the spindle speed of your machine with no belt changes. If what you need is a premium drill to fill a permanent place in your collection, The Powermatic PM2900B is about the best you can do.