A drill press is a pretty standard tool that you'll see in almost any serious mechanic or woodworking shop. Although this particular piece of equipment has evolved quite a bit over the years to include different size motors and specifications, the same over all concepts have remained the same. It is basically a drill that is attached to a fixed surface like a stand or a workbench. Usually there is a set of handles attached to the head that you rotate to raise or lower the drill bit as you are drilling. This type of press also has it's own table that the drilling material attaches to. While similar to a hand drill, a drill press has several advantages.
- The prime example being that it is more accurate than a hand drill because it's position is fixed. Usually the drill press motor is bigger than a hand held drill so it's more powerful and efficient. Finally less effort is needed to drill through something because of the lever system used to raise and lower the drill head. A drill press can be used for a lot of different things. However one thing is always obvious. It's used to drill holes. That being said, the material you're drilling holes in can vary widely. It could be wood, brick, glass, metal, or even tile. Different bits are generally needed for each different surface.