I currently have a "bench-top" drill press that sits on a sheet metal stand that I have on a HF mobile base. I have a drawer unit that I will use to replace the sheet metal stand that will give me storage for bits, etc. and I will be doing the switch-over soon.
In remounting the press, I am considering rotating the head on the column so that the chuck is no longer centered over the base but is rotated 180 degrees. I would therefore mount the base pointing away from the user. Naturally, I would keep the table centered under the chuck except when I wanted to drill holes in long pieces. I would swing the table away and make a jig to hold the longer pieces. My most immediate use would be to drill dowel holes in the ends of rails.
Now, every picture I have ever seen of a bench top press shows it mounted so the chuck is centered over the base. The only difference I can think of is that, when mounted in the conventional way, mounting bolts in the base would be stressed (if at all) in compression and, with my new approach, the would be stressed in tension. I think the stress and deflection of the column would be the same (of course direction reversed), so that wouldn't be a problem.
Can anyone see a problem with mounting the press with the head rotated? Are there examples that you could point me to that show what I am proposing?