Posted: 11 February 2014
Bought this today and only took about an hour to put together, including cleaning off transport grease. Another person might have helped, but I managed by myself - sack truck from car to workshop and then in parts from the box until I could heave the main assembly onto the stand. I'd like to think that Axminster listened to early reviews and negative comments about the rack and pinion because it (now?) seems fine to me, especially once I'd worked out that the retaining collar should be quite loose on the rack to allow it to slide round the pillar smoothly. Point about exposed bulb true and the holder was bent at an angle, but this was easily moved to line up with the centre of the hole - eco bulb supplied, though small reflector might be better if it doesn't get too hot in the casing. Don't forget to remove all traces of transport grease from the 2MT chuck support or it will keep falling out ... doh! Some sponge door draft excluder cured slight rattle from belt cover and that just leaves the table angle adjusting nut to replace with a suitable lever. All in all I highly recommend this tool - get one before they run out.
Posted: 31 January 2014
Very impressed with this drill, its such good value for such a large machine. The rack and pinion rise and fall mechanism works just fine, I think the slackness isn't a problem at all, again its amazing that it has it at this price. The work-light works fine too, the bulb is ok and sits deep into the casting, I cant see myself breaking it to be honest. I bought the drill for woodworking and it fits the bill perfectly, I preferred this model over one of the radial arm drills as I wanted it to be dead accurate, in my experience the more things there are to adjust/rattle loose the more likely it is that something will cut inaccurately. If you need a drill like this, then as a professional furniture maker id say its top notch.
By: Stuart lowe
Posted: 20 January 2014
Good service delivered next day. No problem with rack and pinion easy to assemble did it on my own even putting head on column .
Only criticism I have would be the methered for tilting the table would have be nice the have a lever in stead of just a nut which you have to find a socket to fit making it not a quick methered of adjustment.
Nice to have a keyless chuck which seem accurate also it runs a lot quiter than my old one, instructions could be better. The work light good and to have a light bulb suppled with it was a bonus when others on the market do not.
You would have to go a long way to fined drill like this at the price
Posted: 11 January 2014
Nothing wrong with the rack and pinion. Good speed range. Chuck more accurate than I expected. Easy to assemble, yes you can do it on your own if you are a real man..Ok had to take a file to a couple of the T slots, but I'm not complaining as for the same price anywhere else I would have got half the machine.
By: John Paschoud
Posted: 30 January 2013
Excellent price compared to alternatives with a similar spec. I bought mine mainly for woodwork and haven't come up against any limitations of this drill for what I want to do yet.
It was definitely a 2-man job to get it assembled and up onto a bench. and at a comfortable working height it needs a step up to inspect or change speed belts.
The inbuilt lamp was one feature that attracted me to select this drill over alternatives, but the unprotected, cheap bulb lasted for literally MINUTES of use, and I still need to use a worklight over the bench for most tasks.
Mostly seems of robust construction, but one bakelite(? or similar material) knob has split in half from one of the 2 screws that lock the motor in tensioned position - annoying until I can find or make a replacement.
I haven't experienced any problems with the table rack and pinion, or the return mechanism. I've also found the chuck and flip-down safety guard fine for what I do.