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Axminster ED16B2 Pillar Drill

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Key Features

  • 650W alloy bodied motor for powerful performance
  • Rugged construction for the engineer
  • Precision, high grip, 3 - 16mm keyless chuck
  • Cast iron control handles for high leverage
  • Square, tiltable, cast iron table with 'T' slots and a coolant gutter
  • Worklight, fitted with low energy bulb
  • 12 speed belt drive, for a great choice of speeds
  • Excellent machine for the small to medium engineering workshop


These are ruggedly built, economically priced bench or floor mounted pillar drills, for all round workshop use. Fitted with a powerful cool running alloy bodied 650W motor for great performance. Amongst the features which make it particularly suitable for many uses are the 3-16mm keyless chuck, the built-in worklight, the tiltable work table with 16mm T slots and coolant gutter, cast iron drilling depth operating handles and a T slotted base for firmly securing large workpieces. The choice of twelve speeds and a quality keyless chuck means that there is plenty of potential for some really heavy duty drilling. These are an excellent choice for the small or medium-sized workshop.

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Additional Information
Base Size 450 x 270mm
Chuck Captype 3-16mm keyless
Chuck Travel 80mm
Collar Size 60mm
Diameter Of Column 80mm
Drilling Capacity 16mm Steel
Height N/A
Max Chuck To Base 510mm
Max Chuck To Table 310mm
Model ED16B2
Morse Taper 2MT
Nett Weight 82kg
Overall L X W X H 710 x 350 x 1,015mm
Power 650W
Rating Trade
Speed Range 120-2580 rpm
Spindle Taper 2MT
Table Size 290 x 290mm
Table Tilt 45° - 0 - 45°
Throat 178mm
T Slot Size 16mm
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Customer Reviews


By: Gerry

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.


By: Tom

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


By: Martin

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.

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