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WEN 4208 Drill Press Review

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WEN produces some pretty handy drills, saws, sanders, and machinery to help with woodwork. We decided to take a closer look at the WEN 4208 drill press as it is quite a popular tool. Why wouldn’t it be? It looks good and is very functional. Read ahead for an honest review.

WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press
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WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press
  • Includes a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage
  • Operates at 5 different speeds: 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, 3140 RPM
  • Spindle travels up to 2 inches with easy to read, locking linear depth stops for accurate and repeatable drilling operations.Cord Length (ft.):6
  • Durable 1/3 HP induction motor develops ample torque and power
  • 6-1/2 x 6-1/2" worktable is height adjustable and bevels up to 45 degrees left & right

What Do you Get Out of The Box?

If you’ve read our WEN product reviews before, you’d know that we’re fans of the brand as they include thorough manuals. They are also easy-to-read, which is simple, yet manufacturers don’t give much thought to. The guide that comes with the drill press is in multiple languages, so everyone is in good hands.

What we like about the company is that you get to see the manuals before you make your purchase. You’ll see it on their site under whatever product you’re looking at. 

The drill press comes with a warranty. The company provides 2-year coverage with everything you purchase. They’re certainly competitive. However, there are a few stipulations just like with any warranty cards.

When you pick the device up, you’ll notice an orange and black colorway. It is widely seen in the brand’s products. We enjoy them as they’re eye-catching. The WEN 4208 is also sturdy– it comes with a cast iron base, so you don’t have to worry about banging it up.

The device is not that big. We’re fans of taking our drill presses to locations for projects – you can easily do this with it by your side.

If you happen to find the device hard to use, know that WEN is a popular brand. That’s why there are guides and tutorials that will help.

Let’s look at it in-depth before discussing if it is worth the purchase or not.

WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press

The drill press is small as it measures 8 inches. As we mentioned earlier, it’s a breeze to carry around. Although it’s small, it packs a punch. It is powerful enough to work with all sorts of material – we successfully drilled through wood, plastics, and metals. Other than these few, it worked with pretty much everything we threw at it.

The device has a drill capacity of one and a half inches in one inch of thick cast iron. It can not only pierce through several things, but it does so very precisely. The cuts are more artful than handheld counterparts.

It has a durable body. Its frame and base are made from cast iron. This helps it create more accurate holes. We love that its motor is powerful. It is an induction one and hosts ball bearings – it’ll last a long time as it ensures smooth operation.

You can work with the trickiest projects. Its worktable bezels go up to 45 degrees. You’ll also appreciate that its base has pre-drilled holes – you can mount it onto a bench or worktable with ease. There is a slotted table too. It’s there to help you mount clamps and other contraptions to keep your projects secure. What makes it even easier to use on projects is the fact that its cord is long. It reaches up to 6 feet, so you don’t have to be next to an outlet. The 4208 also offers locking linear depth stocks which any handyman would appreciate.

As its name suggests, it drills at multiple speeds. They’re pretty impressive and help when you’re working with tough materials. The speeds are as follows:

  • 40 RPM
  • 1100 RPM
  • 1530 RPM
  • 2100 RPM
  • 3140 RPM.

You’re probably wondering about its motor. Well, its 120V. You get 60 Hz of drilling at 1/3 Horse Power.

What Should You Know About The Brand?

Now that you know everything about the product, and what you can expect out of the box, you might be wondering about the brand you’re thinking of purchasing from. Well, the company was founded in 1951 by Nick Anton. According to them, their team played a pivotal role in creating some of the power tools we know and love. This includes the electric engraver, the electric jigsaw, and the electric soldering gun. WEN even says that they also played a role in the orbital technology you see in today’s buffers, waxes, and polishers – you can thank them for your car looking so good!

By 2001, they were a major name in the industry. They produced and sold over 50 million consumer units. This is astonishing as it was only 50 years since its founding.

You’re probably wondering where the company is located. Well, it’s in Elgin, Illinois.

Before we move onto the latter part of our review, keep in mind that their mission is heartfelt – it is to help artisan workers achieve their dream, and perfect their craft.

WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press
2,524 Reviews
WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press
  • Includes a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage
  • Operates at 5 different speeds: 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, 3140 RPM
  • Spindle travels up to 2 inches with easy to read, locking linear depth stops for accurate and repeatable drilling operations.Cord Length (ft.):6
  • Durable 1/3 HP induction motor develops ample torque and power
  • 6-1/2 x 6-1/2" worktable is height adjustable and bevels up to 45 degrees left & right

Final Thoughts

So, should you pick it up? If you love wood-work, you’ve probably heard of WEN before. They’re a brand that produces machines that last a long time. This can’t be said for competitive brands as their heavy-duty devices aren’t built that well. We’re fond of their warranties. WEN’s coverage is quite competitive. Of course, there are a few stipulations to them. The fact that you have access to the product’s manuals before you purchase them is appreciated too.

About the 4208 drill press – it’s pocket dynamite. It’s small but it can drill through all kinds of material. It has a super durable iron frame too, so it can handle a range of settings and projects. Its motor is powerful – it’s an induction type and hosts ball bearings so that it can last a long time. The 4208 lets you drill at 5 different speeds too.

Don’t forget that its turntable is very adjustable. The device easily lets you clamp projects and it comes with a lengthy 6-foot cord that’ll let you work considerable distances away from an outlet.

With all the advantages it offers, will you be giving the drill press a try? WEN also has a range of other drill presses you might be interested in!

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