Types of Drill Presses

A drill press is a piece of machinery that uses a motor-driven, rotating tool to drill holes in workpieces. Workpieces are generally metals and wood. A drill press is an upright-standing fixed drill that can be mounted on a cabinet or to the floor. Drill presses come in different styles and types.

Floor or Standing

A floor, or standing, drill press is one of two major types of drill presses. A standing drill press is more powerful of the two types and can be used on a wide range of materials. Floor drill presses have motors up to 3/4 horsepower.

Bench Top

The bench top drill press is the second major type of drill press. The bench top is more compact and less expensive than floor drill presses. Bench top drill presses are made for smaller jobs and have motors up to 1/3 horsepower.

Upright Sensitive

Upright sensitive drill presses come in both floor and bench top models. Upright sensitive drill presses are for light duty and only come in hand-fed models.


A multispindle drill press is a floor-type drill press used to handle a variety of jobs. Multspindle drill presses are used to drill workpieces with multiple holes at the same time.

Radial Arm

Radial arm drill presses are also used for big jobs. Radial arm drill presses allow the spindle to move to the workpiece to drill multiple holes.