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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.

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6 Responses to Milwaukee’s 800-Pound-Gorilla Electromagnetic Drill Press Kit

  1. nrChris says:

    Good for drilling into bank vaults–the first time I saw one of these was in Die Hard–being used to drill through cylinders in a vault.

    Lots of legitimate applications, too. Neat tool.

  2. Joe says:

    We used something similar at one of my old jobs. Ours had the added feature of keeping pressure on the drill bit to allow for automatic feeding throught the material. You could set it up, turn it on, and walk away. Once you came back from coffee break there’d be fresh hole in a 1-1/2″ thick piece of steel.

  3. tony clark says:

    I had to use a smaller model to drill bolt holes in i beams on the ceiling of chemical plant. up the ladder, chain hoist, drill up, wrestle into place, plug in, clunk and start drilling. not a lot of fun hot heavy and nasty up there. if I had to do this over again? yep i’d use the same tool.

  4. melvin says:

    I’ve used these to drill holes in truck and trailer decks for rubber grommet mounted lights. Worth their weight (which is considerable) for these applications. Especially if you are mounting 4″ stop/turn lights.

  5. craig says:

    does anybody know if this tool would work to drill holes in a 48″ diameter pipe? or does the base need to sit on a perfectly flat surface?

  6. mhig9000 says:

    I believe the movie where they used this was Panic Room. Forrest Whittaker used a drill that looked exactly like this (probably the same one) to drill into a vault in the floor to steal some bond certificates or something.

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