Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mectman Every DIY'er needs one
Every serious DIY'er needs a decent pillar drill, and this one is exceptional value for the price.
The plus points:
- very easy to assemble, takes less than half an hour.
- powerful 500 W motor makes light work of most DIY tasks
- big chuck takes drills 2.5mm - 16mm
- good range of speeds and easy to change
- depth stop much improved on previous models
- accurate, reproducible drilling.
Minus points (but really shouldn't carp at this price|):
- the table is not very sturdy and bends a bit under pressure
- the lightweight base scoots about a bit, needs rubber feet?
A great addition to my workshop.
25 Nov 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mikeLondon Great product
I have purchased many Titan products in the past and have found them great value for money and reliable, This pillar drill is fantastic , accurate in drilling, quiet ,sturdy and made exceptionally well. i would recommend this to anyone who is considering buying a pillar drill .
Great product TITAN
20 Nov 2015
Rated 3 out of 5Â by ScheminDemon Good DIY Pillar Drill
First the good points: -
1 The drill itself is easy to assemble, all bolts, nuts, washers and screws being supplied, even the four bolts, nuts and washers for securing the vice to the drill table.
2 Fitted chuck (easy thanks to the Morse taper attachment method), centred the adjustable table to the drill base and centred the chuck to the table, checked belt tension and adjusted (delivered set at minimum tension).
3 Speed changes are very quick and easy to carry out, taking only about two or three minutes to complete.
4 Finally fitted the polycarbonate chuck guard, plugged in and ran a quick test. With a long drill bit fitted, the chuck spindle ran true with no perceptible wobble and there is no play in the spindle bearings.
5 A little lubrication to the spindle shaft was needed to overcome a slight roughness (felt and heard) when lowering the spindle. Checked and reset the table to 0 deg tilt, the calibration scale on this machine is about 4 degs out. An angle finder would be a good buy if you don't already have one.
6 I like the microswitch safety interface to stop motor if belt cover is opened. Also like the safety of the no volt ON/Off switch arrangement.
Now the bad points, or perhaps I should say the not so good points: -
1 The descriptive blurb says "Features cast iron housing, table and base..... ". Not so, the headstock and table are cast iron but the base is pressed steel, this does allow some flexing. Not such a problem if working with the table but if working on say a larger piece of steel with the vice secured to the base even moderate pressure can flex the base enough to substantially alter the angle of approach of the drill bit.
2 Apart from inaccurate tilt calibration, the table also suffers from a fore and aft tilt which is non-adjustable. Overall the table slopes down towards you and is about 2 degrees out (angle measured against drill bit in chuck). I know this machine is promoted as a Hobby/DIY machine but even so DIYers like a bit of accuracy as well without going to the extreme accuracy of say a milling machine. My temporary fix has been to shim out the bottom side of the tilt angle flange with a 15 thou feeler gauge.
3 The table is cast iron but of poor quality, there is some serious pitting and it has been surface ground by hand, as if to remove the worst of the pitting, so is anything but flat. The saving grace is that the table generally is high at the back and at the front so at least the vice doesn't rock on the back of a hump.
4 The vice is also a bit on the small side. If using all four bolts as supplied to fix the vice to the table this places the jaws of the vice behind the centre line of the drill. Thanks to the configuration of the slots in the table and the vice there is only about 15mm fore and aft or side to side adjustment available. Only when the vice jaws are fully open can you bring a drill down onto the workpiece. The answer is to bring the vice towards you (only allows the use of two fixing bolts). This at least allows enough fore and aft sliding adjustment on the vice to cover the full opening width of the vice jaws, two fixings are enough to safely secure any workpiece for drilling, it is just that this arrangement looks a bit odd with about a third of the vice body overhanging the front of the drill table.
In summary, if you are willing to do a little working around, this is a good pillar drill and will do everything you ask of it providing you respect the fact that it is intended for light work only. I have several other Titan tools which have done sterling duty and although I've only had this drill a couple of days I fully expect it to last me for many years to come. I would be confident in recommending this drill to any Hobbyist or DIYer looking for a good value pillar drill.
15 Nov 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tonysjf good value
a good value for money drill easy to assemble and easy to use
23 Oct 2015