The Milwaukee 4208-1 Adjustable Position Electromagnetic Drill Press sounds like something NASA would use, doesn’t it? That’s not too far off the mark. It’s essentially a drill press with a magnetic base, allowing you to take the press to the work when you can’t bring the work to the press — perfect for drilling accurate holes into heavy ferrous metal surfaces.
The 4208-1 is actually a combination kit that includes Milwaukee’s 4203 drill press base — the main structure of the kit. You’ll need a 120V AC power source for the base — to power the electromagnet that keeps it stable and planted on whatever you’re drilling — like the side of that tank you’re building, for example.
It offers 11″ of travel, and solid state electronic switches to turn the magnet on and off. It’s adjustable positioning makes it really easy to properly line up the bit where you want to drill. And there’s a magnet/motor lockout that keeps the magnetic base from releasing when the motor is running.
Speaking of the motor, the kit ships with the 4297-1 No. 3 MT motor capable of no load speeds of 500 or 250 rpm. As the name indicates, it comes with a No. 3 Morris Taper chuck that’ll accept up to a 1-1/4” drill bit.
This combo is the 800-pound-gorilla of Milwaukee’s line, but they make smaller, more portable electromagnetic drill presses at various price points. Expect to pay about $1,400 for the 4208-1 and less for their smaller options. They all come with Milwaukee’s heavy-duty 5 year warranty.