Axminster Engineer Series SB-16 Floor Pillar Drill
Axminster Engineer Series SB-16 Floor Pillar Drill
£1,199.94 (£999.95 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Engineer Series SB-16 Floor Pillar Drill

Code: 505208

  • Heavily built, high precision floor pillar drill for engineers everywhere
  • 375W 230V 1ph high torque induction motor provides plenty of power
  • 9 belt speeds with machined steel pulleys for vibration-free running
  • Surface ground table, base and column aids accurate use
  • Electrically interlocked chuck guard and belt cover, plus locking "E" stop
  • Precision machined headstock and spindle quill casting gives accuracy
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Engineer Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

The SB-16 pillar drill is the floor standing version of the TB-16 bench model. It is truly designed for engineering and production use. Very heavily built and manufactured to exceptionally accurate tolerances, this drill press will stand up to hard work every day. The headstock has been machined to precisely match the quill housing, virtually eliminating any spindle run-out, even at full quill extension. Because the column is surface ground, the table rise and fall is super smooth in operation, making table height adjustment a light task. The high torque 375W motor drives the spindle via a 9-speed belt drive ( 190, 340, 400, 550, 650, 680, 1,550, 1,770 and 2,600 rpm), with machined steel pulleys eliminating vibration. Safety is provided for by a solidly made chuck guard, electrically interlocked, as is the belt cover. A large emergency stop button, which locks closed automatically, completes the picture. Lighting is provided by an LED lamp with a flexible stem for ease of placement. This high quality floor pillar drill is designed to meet the demands of engineers, educational establishments and light production workshops.

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This product is on page 76 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Base Size 500 mm x 320 mm
Chuck Capacity 1 mm to 16 mm
Chuck Travel 80 mm
Chuck Type keyless
Diameter of Column 80 mm
Max Chuck to Base 1,150 mm
Max Chuck to Table 600 mm
Max Drilling Mild Steel 16 mm
Model SB-16
Morse Taper 2 MT
Nett Weight 135 kg
Overall L x W x H 450 mm x 310 mm x 1,625 mm
Power 375 W
Rating Engineer
Sound Power Level [Uncertainty K] 66 dB(A) [2.0 dB]
Speed Range 190 - 2,600 rpm (9)
Spindle Taper 2 MT
Table Size 300 mm x 300 mm
Table Tilt -45° to + 45°
Throat Depth 180 mm
Voltage 230 V
T Slot Size 15mm (2 x 140mm centres)
Reviews (3)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

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4 June 2018

Accurate, robust, pro quality machine

I've been using this drill for nearly three years in a professional cabinet making workshop. It's heavily built, very accurate with no discernible run-out, and has an excellent depth stop that's settable (and reliably re-settable) to better than a quarter of a millimetre. After some months I had one problem with the starter switch, but Axminster quickly dispatched a replacement unit from stock under warranty, so it was back up running again within 48 hours.

The down sides are that speed changing isn't the quickest or easiest, and the table design is more suited to metal work than woodwork (but having said that the table doesn't have a raised lip around the edge which is the real problem for woodwork use).

It's a quality machine that easily stands up to the beating machinery takes in a professional environment, the depth stop is an absolute joy to use, and I'd buy one again.

Mr Jamie Copeland

16 February 2016

Fit for purpose, but setting it up was a nightmare.

Today I've taken delivery of this pillar drill from Axminster. As the review above suggests, the item is perfectly fit for purpose and for me as an amateur woodturner it's probably a bit overkill! However, up until today I was using an old Clarke table top pillar drill which worked well but I was unable to use it on larger pieces of wood. That's why I went with a floor standing drill this time and I'm now able to drill into much larger wood blanks. The light on the drill is a good idea, however it's very dull and I find it almost impossible to get it to stay in the position you want. Overall I'm happy with the item, although I can't honestly say I find it to be value for money.

Now for the biggest problem; delivery/set up. The drill was delivered today by Axminster Logistics and the driver was very pleasant, polite and helped me lift the item into the location I wanted. He then left leaving me to battle my way into the wooden frame the drill came in and then struggle to set it up. I had to saw, hammer and unscrew parts of the wooden frame to get access to the drill. I then nearly killed myself getting it off of the wooden plinth it came on and onto the floor. From there I struggled for nearly two hours to work my way through the truly awful instruction manual which has grainy images and one line instructions. Things like fitting the belts, removing the packing grease (white spirits is the key to this), fitting the chuck (it was hidden in with the belts) and adjusting the bed were all, in my opinion, unnecessarily difficult things to achieve.

I would have expected the delivery guy to have assisted me with the unpacking especially when you consider the amount of money the drill cost. Having had this unpleasant experience I will email Axminster to suggest that they should offer customers buying bulky machinery like this the opportunity to pay to have someone deliver, unpack and install the item. Knowing what I know now I would definitely have paid for such a service.

David Turner

11 September 2015

Eminently fit for purpose.

I wanted a floor-standing pillar drill of good quality, to replace my cheapo bench drill. The machine will be used for all manner of projects, around the home/hobby/crazy inventions ... but not as an industrial asset.

Wasn't sure whether to buy one of the Trade Series drills, or this Engineer Series drill ... which costs a good bit more ... so, I went along to the Warrington store, to take a look at the goods. Glad that I did. For a start, the staff were great ... they were on hand; but, they weren't "in yer face". Secondly, it's an Aladdin's Cave. I'd recommend that you fabricate some totally-implausible excuse, and go pay them a visit. Take sandwiches and a flask.

I chose the floor-standing SB-16, mostly because I liked the way it felt. The quill is a great fit in the head of the machine. The column is sturdy. The table rises and falls smoothly. The feed is smooth. And, I really liked the depth-stop ... nice bit of design. The machine accepts No2 Morse tapers, which is handy for me, from time-to-time. The worklight is a very desirable feature; you can never have too much light, especially when you are getting older. The other major selling point, was the chuck. It's a substantial keyless chuck ... manufacturers often provide poor quality chucks, which "let down" otherwise decent machines. I've had to go out and buy decent replacement chucks, in the past. Fingers crossed, the one that is supplied with this machine, appears to be pretty good.

The machine arrived in one big pack. Final assembly took about fifteen minutes ... a couple of handles and a chuck to fit.

I had a lot of fun, moving the drill from the driveway into my workshop, on my own. Soooo, a meaty helper would be an asset when you take delivery. I'm not sure why, but I was expecting the machine to arrive in several smaller crates, for me to assemble.

Now, I've only used the machine a couple of times, so I can't vouch for its durability. But, as far as I can tell, it's running very "true". It's quiet and quite reasonably free of vibration.

For me, it represents quite an outlay, considering the amount of use that I will make of it ... but, I simply hate stuff that doesn't work properly ... and there are no pockets in a shroud. Right now, I'm feeling pretty good about this machine, and I think I made a good decision.


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