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I am looking for a drill press... but I don't want a recommendation for a specific drill press. Instead, I want to know what qualities are important to consider while buying a drill press. I would then choose the drill press based on the most upvoted quality, and descending down the list.

An example quality could look like this:


Work Light

A work light is important to get on a drill press because it allows you to see what you are doing with greater detail. Among other things, a work light can also help make more precise holes in material. Because it is sometimes dim under the top of the drill press, these lights come in handy often.


This question would be in the vein of What to look for in buying laminate flooring and What are the things to look out for when buying a motion detector? and especially What to look for when buying recessed lights?

Is this on-topic? I feel like solid answers for questions like these could be immensely helpful and in the spirit of SE.

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Seems to me this would invite a lot of subjective answers.

  • That's right, but the votes on each answer will determine whether the answer is practical or impractical in terms of answering the question. – Blue Ice Aug 10 '14 at 2:53
  • I also edited the question above to include some examples of questions that would be similar to mine. – Blue Ice Aug 10 '14 at 2:54
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    I think poll type questions are off topic on all SE sites. – Tester101 Aug 10 '14 at 3:00
  • That's what I thought. I just noticed that it seems like this site had more relaxed standards than most, so I was wondering if this sort of question would be acceptable. I'll instead go ask around on a forum. Thanks. – Blue Ice Aug 10 '14 at 6:24

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