Precision. Control. Productivity. Those are the traits that a drill press offers over a standard handheld drill. The primary advantage of a drill press is its accuracy and speed of repetition. You can adjust the depth stop of the spindle by positioning a locking nut against the stop, enabling the drill press to bore a perfectly vertical hole the exact same diameter and exact same depth over and over. With the right bit, a drill press can bore almost any dense, solid material from wood to masonry to metal even glass. A drill press is built around a vertical post attached to a heavy steel base-plate for stability. The drill head or “quill,” which contains the chuck, spindle and bit, is simply plunged down into the work piece when the pinion levers are turned on the side of the machine.