Recently I was shopping for a drill press, and I probably could’ve gotten away with a benchtop model if it was just for woodworking, but I also do metal fabrication so I wanted a stationary model that stands on the floor. I wound up going with this Ridgid drill press.
It performs great. The speed is changed via moving belts, which I prefer to the more automated methods. There was plenty of grease on the unit to keep it rust-free in its journey overseas. The press is perfectly square, and there’s no vibration to speak of. The depth stop was easy enough to figure out without reading the manual.
I think this tool will serve me fine, and I recommend it if you want something larger than a bench unit but not too expensive. The press sells for $300 at Home Depot.