Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press Review

jet-jdp-12Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press is simply a piece of modern technology, powered by a 1/3 HP motor along with a variable speed system for versatility, and of course, its masterpiece addition, its XACTA Laser system, accompanied by depth stops, which insures accuracy and stability during repetitive drilling. Most probably, this has to be its most interesting feature.

And this great drill was made by JET, which opened back in 1958 on the hands of Leslie P. Sussman and started as a small dealer for air hoists and trolleys in their shop in Seattle, and it moved up the ranks and in 1980 it joined the woodworking area, and it produced a lot of popular tools which made JET the great name it is now.

Price and main features list

Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press is a piece of modern technology that will only cost you $369.99, a well discounted price from the original tag of $448 (17{9a380f4e84d98486cb4e3fb0b774145dd920d53eef77a0fda2ce39067aee7610} discount) and is available for select countries outside of the US.

Here is a list of just a few of this Jet JDP-12’s fantastic features, which will be discussed in a more detailed way throughout the article:

  • Dimension are 28.90 X 20 X 11.10 inches.
  • An easy portable compact design.
  • LED light to make the work more visible.
  • Linear scale.
  • Depth stops to insure accurate repetitive drilling.
  • Chuck handles (5/8-inch).
  • 92 pounds in shipping weight.
  • Motor with 1/3 Horse power.
  • Changeable speed drive system.
  • A Laser System for guidance and accuracy (XACTA).
  • Paddle switch for safety.
  • Roller Extension is Retractable for stability.
  • Large operating knobs for easy control.

Who is it for?

Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press is for all of the accurate loving woodworkers out there, who want a high quality drilling machine that has the technology to insure you maximum precision and accuracy that comes with the most wallet-friendly price you can imagine, compared to its features.

Pros and cons

Jet JDP-12 comes with very handy huge operating knobs as it easily gives all access while working on the Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press, its main advantage is preventing accidental grip slips which can ruin all the work. And its XACTA laser guiding system is a state of the art as it uses an X shaped laser to help guide you through work accompanied with depth stops to maximum the precision and accuracy of your work.

Its compact design saves place and provides easy transport and comes with a great 11.5 x 16.5-inch cast iron base which allows repositioning which is a very common problem and fits the compact design well. Jet JDP-12 is equipped with a versatile 1/3 horse power inductor motor which is very suitable for its speed drive system which allows fast and easy speed shifting without hassle.

Why you should buy it?

You got a 1/3 Horse power motor, accompanied by a state of the art XACTA laser guidance system, so you got power in addition to accuracy, and most of all, its cost effective, with it nearly touching the $375 mark, its price is very suitable to what this Jet JDP-12 had to offer.


Jet JDP-12 12-Inch Drill Press grabs an instant yes, as it has all the safety features and all the technology needed to insure maximum accuracy. What are you waiting for?