Your DIY Bottle Crafts Headquarters

WEN 5 Speed 8 Inch Drill Press Review

Whether you are working at home or on the job, having the right tools can make all the difference.

It didn’t take long for me to realize just how much I had relied on my bench drill until it was gone. Drilling glass bottles with an electric hand drill and regular glass drilling bits is do-able but it doesn’t produce the nice clean edges. You have to take this with a grain of salt, because when I’m using the drill press, I’m also using my diamond tipped drill bits. Something you can’t do (yes, I tried), with an electric or cordless drill.

Drill Press Review - the WEN 4208 up close

After careful consideration of both price and size, I decided to go with the WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press .

Price-wise it is mid range and it fell in line with a lot of what the other bench drill presses had to offer; varying speeds, adjustable table, and around 1/3 HP. The 8 inch is on the low end in terms of size, WEN also offers a 10, 12 and 15 inch machine, but having anything bigger in our house seemed absurd.

Buy The WEN

From a hobby perspective this little guy offers plenty of power in a compact unit (it weighs only 33.5 pounds) and I like that it has a place to attach the chuck right on the side of the machine.

WEN 4208 Drill Press Review

Some More Product Details:

  • Includes: The Drill, 1/2″ Keyed Chuck, Chuck Key and Tools for Assembly
  • 620-3100 RPM Range (5 Speeds: 620, 1100, 1720, 2340, 3100) to accommodate various materials and thicknesses
  • Spindle Travel of 2″ with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable drilling operations
  • Durable 1/3hp induction motor develops ample torque and power
  • 6-1/2 x 6-1/2″ cast iron worktable is height adjustable and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right

Some careful price comparisons brought me to Amazon where the WEN drill press retails for only $79.99. This will get you free shipping even without Prime membership and it took just five days (including the weekend) until it arrived.

Right out of the box it took me around ten minutes to assemble it completely (see video for unpacking and set up).

The minute you turn on this drill press, you will notice something missing right away. The noise.

I was expecting it to let everyone in the house and the neighbors know that it was running, instead it quietly hummed to life and it was ready to go to work. It had been a long time since I had a chance to use my diamond tipped drill bits, much less drill a glass bottle. I got all my gear together and prepared my first job.

Drilling bottles involves having some plumbers putty that you roll into a donut shape. Once you’ve found the area where you want to drill you circle it with the putty. This will allow you to retain a small amount of water over the area where you are drilling, it will also minimize glass dust and reduce heat from friction.

Using a drill press

Working with the WEN drill press was effortless and it was nice to be able to once again create the nice clean edges that I had come to expect from the diamond tipped drill bits.

It is my intent to add some materials to the drill press work table that will accommodate the bottles. A little buffer to rest the glass on will also be added. Having the drill come right out of the box and be ready to go with minimum effort and time was a huge plus.

The only thing that I can even bring to this discussion as a point of complaint would be for the fact that I’m left handed. In a right hand dominated world I’m sorely outnumbered and as my brother always says; “You will learn to adapt.”

This quiet, compact, powerful machine is everything that I had hoped it would be. With the versatile speeds and angles I believe that I will be able to accomplish all of my hobby projects and more. Easy on the pocket book, it’s practically a steal, and it drills through glass like butter. :)

Read more about the WEN Drill Press on Amazon, including a ton of customer reviews!

Learn More

Please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Whether it’s your own personal experience with drill presses or feedback on your bottle drilling, it would be great to hear from you.

Happy crafting,

Nick

14 Responses to WEN 5 Speed 8 Inch Drill Press Review

  • Congratulations on your new WEN Drill Press. I have an almost identical one and find it absolutely necessary for drilling bottles. I have been using a plastic storage container 14″ x 5″ x 6″ filled with water with my bottle completely submerged while drilling. The water keeps the drill hole well lubricated and carries away the slurry as it is formed. In theory this should maximize the life of the drill bit. I am intrigued by your use of plumber’s putty. Do you not find that the slurry plugs the tip of your drill and shortens it life? The method looks very attractive because there are some bottles I drill whose paper labels don’t survive well when immersed in water even for 1 minute.
    Cheers, Murray

  • Murray,
    It sure makes it nice to do the drilling in a timely manner.
    The putty method was used from the beginning because so many of the bottles we did needed the labels. In terms of the ‘slurry’, it was a minimal build up and we really didn’t give it much thought. Remember that each bottle got fresh water for the drilling process. Your plastic storage container would work perfect for the clear bottles.
    Thanks for stopping by,
    Nick

  • I just received this little press and already I love it. I haven’t used it enough yet to speak to the torque but I am absolutely amazed at the accuracy. The spindle ranout well under .0005. In fact I thought my indicator was off the taper

  • On the Wen 4208 drill press, how do you move the motor to put proper tension on the belt. It won’t budge for me.

    • Tony,

      Here is an illustration from the manual:

      WEN Drill Press

      If you look at what number two is referring to in the picture you can see where you need to adjust the bolt for the motor.

      • I bought the 10 inch press and wanted to use the slowest speed. I slid the motor back as far as it would go to release the tension of the belt but—–the tension of the belt was still too tight and had trouble placing it on the required pulleys. When I was done, I turned the switch on but the motor just hummed and would not turn. I returned the belt to a higher speed and the unit started.

        Please tell me what I need to do to bring the motor further back to release the tension on the belt. I love this drill press but would like to use my fostner bits on a lower setting. Thanks

        • Carlos, Did you return the belt (once you set it to a slower speed) to a nice snug position? You said that it ran properly once you set it back to high. I’m just wondering if the belt had enough tension to operate properly.

  • This is really the best choice of Drill Press with price under $100
    I got the same press in my workshop

  • How long do the drill bits last? I’m still old school and using a rotary tool with diamond bits, but I find after a couple of bottles they are already wearing out and they are not cheap!

    Thanks!

    • Jenna,
      I was able to drill at least 20 bottles quite easily. After that it would still do the job but I slowed the process down so that the bottle wouldn’t get too warm. If you are drilling and the gritty sound starts to fade then it is definitely time to move on.

  • Thanks!

    I’m also wondering how much room there is if I wanted to drill bigger bottles/jugs? Would a 4 gallon jug fit under it?

    • Jenna,
      I would have to look at the shape before I could give you an definite answer. I did a growler once and in order for it to work I moved the table out of the way and drilled it on the base. If you go this route, you may want to have somebody help hold it for you. Happy crafting!

  • This is a great review of the Wen Drill Press. I’ll check out the additional info through your links.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome
Thank you for stopping by!
Have A Question?

Follow Bottle Crafts on Facebook Follow our craft boards on Pinterest
Connect with Nick the bottle lamp maker on Twitter Watch our craft videos on YouTube
Bottle Cutting Tool
Books For DIY’ers
Recycled Bottle Lamps Book on Amazon

Glass Bottle Crafts 3.0 ebook

Our Books Make Great Gifts!