Record Power DMS/26 Adjustable Drill Stand
Robust & Accurate Drill Stand
Needed to replace a very old and very very worn Black & Decker drill stand as needed to cut a number of accurate 35mm diameter hinge holes in MDF wardrobe doors. Did not want a cheap pillar drill as needed portability (17Kg is at least moveable) and work mostly with timber so needed good throat.
The stand is very very solid; the headstock and base lock firmly on the pillar and are rock steady.You do need to lock the base to pillar set screw very firmly indeed to avoid any pillar rotation. I needed to use a plastic collared Bosch drill; agree other review comments: I had to test location of drill in clamp and had to smooth plastic seam on Bosch very slightly to ensure accurate fit (which was much the best with drill at right angles to stand as shown in picture). Once fitted properly, drill positioning is easily repeatable.
Strangely, the first 25mm or so of headstock descent seems less positive; after this the head slide held on the adjustable brass block (clearly a great feature over the cheaper Record Power version) is spot on and very steady. I allow for this is setting drill bit clearance over piece to be drilled. The handle operation is very stable and smooth (although may seem a little stiff in view of spring resistance and headstock weight.)
I always double check power drill alignment with 10mm bit fitted against square block on base before use. Have drilled through 3" x 2" timber test piece (10mm bit) and estimate around 1mm deviation over 3" depth - fine for my applications. The hinge cutter holes were measured at worst 35.3 mm diameter over the 13mm depth - most were closer than this.
I have bolted the stand base to a section of thick kitchen bench (in turn bolted to my old style Workmate) using threaded inserts, giving a portable and steady unit.
This is never going to match a high spec/cost pillar drill, but for working mostly with timber and thin metal sheet, it does exactly what I need.
28 Nov 2014
A very heavy duty and versatile drill press, you won't buy better. Its price means it is competing with low end pillar drills but for outdoors site use it is tough and simple to use when matched to a good quality 110v rotary drill. The strong clamping action is better suited to drills with aluminium collars/gearboxes such as the indestructible Makita HP2010 or 8419. Greater versatility also comes from using with a drill that has at least two geared and preferably trigger variable speeds.
The press head swivels through a full 360 degrees so can be swivelled through 180 degrees to drill work pieces too deep to fit in the press throat (provided the base is clamped to the work piece). There's also a useful and accurate depth stop that limits the stroke of the press according to your needs.
There's plenty of leverage to ensure drill bits, hole saws and broaching cutters achieve efficient cutting action. The experienced can use this leverage to safely control the cutting action, especially when the bit achieves breakthrough and might otherwise jam in the work piece. If you're currently drilling by hand held drill, you'll probably know how damaging and dangerous a jammed bit can be.
I've used my DMS/26 press with a Makita HP2010 to drill up to 25mm diameter holes (with Blacksmith drills and cutting fluid) in heavy steel plate and beams for over 15 years and it remains as good as the day I purchased it with no discernible wear whatsoever.
Do note though that this press is heavy at 17.4kg (that's 38lbs or not far off three stones) even before you add a 3 - 4 kg drill. It can only be used in the vertical position and if you drop it, its weight is likely to damage either the cast sections, your drill or whatever is unfortunate enough to be underneath it.
17 Jan 2014