The Dremel 220-01 Drill press is a little different than conventional workstation since this is more of a workstation than a drill press. The immediate difference that you would notice is that the 220-01 does not have an in-built drill; this means that you have to buy the drill separately. Dremel is mostly known for its outstanding premium dill presses; however, this one is an affordable workstation, even though it is quite versatile. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the workstation is just north of a mini drill press and not a heavy-duty one; this means that you will have limitations when working with dense materials. Let’s see in details what the Dremel 220-01 is all about.
Features of Dremel 220-01 Workstation
Size & Build
If you are familiar with drill presses, you will quickly notice that the 220-01 looks similar to a mini drill press; it is a compact drill press that measures 6 x 6 x 12 inches. However, this is not entirely true since this workstation provides you with more versatility than a mini drill press. Other than that, you also have the motor pack and the drill table missing; but while you have to buy a drill table separately, the motor drill is swapped with a rotary tool. Typically, what people do is, they buy a different router table attachment that acts as the drill press table; this has an aluminum base and a telescopic column to hold the rotary tool.
You also get a reasonably large metal base if you compare it to the whole body; the base measures at 9-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches. The base is made from aluminum, and it offers excellent stability when you drill. The base also has standard drill holes and mounting inserts so that you can attach the workstation to a workbench if you want more stability and what the drill press already provides. Moreover, the large base compared to the upper body also does a great job of reducing vibrations, which in turn increases your precision when drilling.
One unfortunate thing about the Dremel drill press is that it is not versatile like a WEN drill press when it comes to rotation; this is mainly because you can only tilt it by 15-degrees, not more and not less. However, for a drill press like size and at this price, you really are not at a disadvantage here; this is because the 15-degree tilt is enough to drill 45-degree professional-standard angular holes with relative ease.
The 15-degree rotation can also allow you to drill holes in a vertical position up to 90-degrees horizontally. Even though you could ask for a more versatile configuration where you can set a custom angle, Dremel more than makes up for it with how easy it is to drill 45-degree professional-standard angular drilling.
The Flex Shaft & Drill Bit
The column of the drill press, which is also called a “Flex Shaft” is telescopic and it allows you to adjust the height anywhere between 16 to 29 inches. The height adjustment option is another feature of the 220-01 that makes the drill press a versatile model; this is really impressive since you can use this almost ‘mini’ drill press to work with much bigger materials. This is one feature that is unique to Dremel drill presses and puts it a step above other brands.
This Dremel drill press has a 1/8 inch drill bit that you can change to fit your needs; as you can guess, a 1/8 inch drill bit is only used in mini drill presses, however, to give this workstation a bit more versatility, Dremel offers different types of drill bits that can perform tasks from drilling to grinding! You can also purchase a keyless chuck to change the numerous drill bits easily; however, this will cost you more money.
Clip Management System
There are a few things that you need to know before buying the Dremel 220-01. The first thing that you need to know is that the drill press has a clip management system that allows you to tuck away your power cord when the workstation is not in use. However, you can also use it to reduce the length of the cord outside the storage so that it does not get in your way of work, or just simply to keep your place clean.
Secondly, you get a crow’s nest with the drill press; this is a storage system that lets you store your drill bits and other accessories when not in use. The crow’s nest is easy to reach and is quite convenient.
What We Like
- One of the best value drill press on the market.
- This model offers a lot of versatility with the adjustable flex shaft and changeable drill bit.
- You have the luxury to retrofit a lot of accessories to the workstation to make it very easy to use and a lot more versatile.
- The model works with a wide range of Dremel rotary tools.
- It is very easy to use.
- The Dremel 220-01 is an affordable drill press.
What We Don’t Like
This is a mini drill press and therefore a little lacking in the power aspect. You will have trouble working with high-density materials like steel. However, low-density materials like aluminum and wood are easy to deal with.
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The best thing about the Dremel 220-01 is that it is very affordable while offering exceptional value. Although this is a mini drill press, additional accessories, drill bits, and adjustable flex shaft provides you with great versatility; therefore, you can clearly tell that this drill press places at an unbeatable price range. Also, with the additional accessories, you get a mini drill press that does more than what the name offers. In the end, this drill press is not your conventional drill press, and if you require a budget-friendly drill press that provides more than what you want to pay, buying this is a no-brainer.