It's strange they didn't include the PM2800b in the testing, as they had looked at it two years before that 2015 showdown.http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/10/24/pm2800b-drill-press
And they said:
"Drill Press has Every Feature a Woodworker Wants"
"The Powermatic has the best task lighting I’ve seen on any drill press. "
"Another bright point is the laser guides for locating a bit on the workpiece. "
"The 5⁄8-in. chuck is high quality with virtually no runout. "
"Speed changes are a breeze, with no belt changes needed. You just crank
a handwheel to go from 250 to 3,000 rpm. A prominent LED readout on the
front announces the setting."
I guess they were afraid it would outclass the rest of the field. Either that or
they excluded it because it cost more than the others. I don't think it's that
much more that it should be eliminated for that reason alone, and I don't
know that it was, just saying it's a possibility. The author had a couple personal
dislikes and I actually agree with him. I too prefer a keyed chuck and I would like
an easier to adjust table than the method used on the PM Drill Press. I like the
Delta table adjustment and if I could put that on the PM machine and then swap
out the chuck for a quality keyed chuck I don't think there would be a DP that
could touch it, except for the Nova DVR DP, but it has shortcomings in the table
and chuck too.