Short guide on the best precision mini drill presses currently on the market, suitable for both professionals and hobbyists and the most demanding enthusiasts.
In this article we will examine a particular type of column drill which is intended for high-precision work on the most diverse materials and small pieces. We obviously refer to the mini drill press , which compared to traditional bench models differs for its small size and, consequently, for the high level of precision it is able to offer.
However, in this particular aspect, namely precision, not all models available on the market are characterized by the same standards in terms of yield; for this reason we preferred to report only high-end products. It is precisely in this specific market segment, in fact, that the models that offer the best performance are concentrated, both in terms of manufacturing materials, mechanics, assembly and durability, and in terms of versatility of use and of services offered.
Thanks to these specific characteristics, moreover, the mini drill presses that we will examine in our article, despite being “niche” products, are also widely appreciated by the amateur and hobby user segment; in fact, when it comes to working on small objects, even if only at an amateur level, interested users become particularly demanding and have no qualms about spending a little more if they are guaranteed to have a reliable, long-lasting and above all precise power tool.
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The most famous brands in the production of mini precision power tools are the German company Proxxon and the American company Dremel, both of which enjoy worldwide fame and are considered the reference pillars in this specific sector.
At high levels, therefore, the choice of a good mini pillar drill becomes extremely simple and you only need to establish the amount of money you want to spend. The most important specimens, in fact, are only three and can be safely purchased online, on Amazon or other e-commerce sites, at a cost that varies from 140 to 350 euros depending on the model chosen, below you will find them listed in descending price order.
Proxxon TBH bench drill art. 28124
The Proxxon 28124 article identifies the TBH bench drill ; this model is specially designed for precision mechanical work and is mainly intended for use in workshops and laboratories, and in fact it is assembled with extreme precision by computerized numerical control machines.
The base and the column are made entirely of die-cast aluminum, in order to offer maximum static solidity and durability, as this material is totally rustproof. The mini drill is mounted on the column, equipped with a long-lasting direct current motor, to guarantee a constant speed even under stress; the power absorbed by the motor is just 200 Watts and the working speed can be set at 1,080, 2,400 and 4,500 rpm, depending on the material to be worked on.
Despite its small size, the working capacity of the Proxxon TBH is nothing short of impressive, thanks to the triple belt pulley transmission system, and with this drill it is also possible to drill carbon steel alloys up to 10 millimeters deep.
The spindle is compatible with drills, wheels, blades, cutters and abrasive discs with shank up to a maximum of 10 mm in diameter; the TBH is also compatible for mounting on Proxxon BFB 2000 drilling benches , which allows you to drill holes with finely adjustable inclinations within an arc of 90 °, and KT 150 , a mobile work surface that allows you to add the functionality of milling machine to that of column drill.
Proxxon TBM 220 bench drill art. 28128
The TBM 220 bench drill , on the other hand, was designed by the Proxxon company specifically to work on softer materials, such as wood, plastic, copper and brass, and on precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and related alloys.
Consequently, it is equipped with a lower power motor, just 85 Watt, which however develops higher speeds than the TBH, and therefore more suitable for processing the materials listed above; the speed regulator, in fact, can be set at 1,800, 4,700 and 8,500 revolutions per minute, with extremely precise rotation and a maximum penetration of 30 millimeters.
The substantial difference between the TBH and the TBM 220, apart from the type of processing for which it was designed, also lies in the degree of compatibility with the accessories. The TBM 220, in fact, is sold with a standard chuck compatible with shank drills up to 3 mm in diameter, but is prepared for the assembly of another optional chuck compatible with shanks with a maximum diameter of 6.5 mm. Furthermore, as additional drill rigs, the TBM 220 is only prepared for the MS 4 clamp and for the Micro KT 70 compound table .
Dremel 4000 + Dremel WorkStation 220
The Dremel 4000 is especially popular with hobbyists due to its affordable cost. In reality it is a rotary multifunction tool driven by a small 175 Watt motor, capable of developing a speed from 5,000 to 35,000 revolutions per minute; that it is possible to vary completely and without predefined intervals.
The tool spindle can accommodate a wide variety of drills, abrasive discs, blades and cutters, so it can be used “freehand” for a wide range of applications. Among the various optional accessories, however, there are two that allow you to transform the tool into a small bench machine.
The first, the WorkStation 220 , converts the Dremel 4000 into a fully-fledged mini pillar drill; the support is also adjustable up to 90 °, with intervals of 15 °, so it allows you to drill both vertically and with different inclinations.
The second, on the other hand, is the complement Dremel 335 , thanks to which the tool can be transformed into a plunge milling machine such as those used in carpentry, in order to be able to perform circles, figures, decorated edges and other carving works.