This floor radial drilling machine will be an asset to any home workshop. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the machine is the variable drilling width capacity of between 220mm and 440mm, measured from the centre line of the chuck to the front face of the column. This gives a maximum drilling width well above normal pillar drill capacity which, coupled with the ability to vary the drilling angle, gives the machine a high degree of versatility. There is a two part table assembly which is more versatile in use. The horizontal movement of the head is controlled by a rack and pinion system which can be firmly locked in position. Tilting is easily achieved by undoing a locking knob at the top of the column, setting the required angle against a scale and re-locking the knob. There is a positive locating pin which runs in a keyway on the horizontal bar to ensure that the head returns exactly to the vertical. The 375W induction motor drives the drilling head, equipped with a 1-16mm keyless chuck through a V belt and a choice of five pulleys giving a speed range of (5) 460-2,480rpm. In other respects this pillar drill is similar to the standard models, with a true running chuck spindle and a good fit of the quill assembly into the headstock casting to ensure consistent drilling. Fitted with rubber down feed grips, NVR switch, chuck guard and belt cover safety switch. One word of warning - the chuck is located in the drive quill with the conventional Morse taper which requires an axial loading to keep it securely in place; if the head is used in the horizontal position together with a sanding drum or polishing mop there is a risk of the chuck coming loose. Please note: the morticing attachment is not suitable for this machine.
|Base Size||450 mm x 270 mm|
|Chuck Capacity||3 mm to 16 mm|
|Chuck Travel||80 mm|
|Collar Size||55 mm|
|Diameter of Column||60 mm|
|Max Chuck to Base||1,180 mm|
|Max Chuck to Table||680 mm|
|Max Drilling Mild Steel||16 mm|
|Morse Taper||2 MT|
|Nett Weight||61 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||820 mm x 320 mm x 1,630 mm|
|Speed Range||500 - 2,450 rpm (5)|
|Table Size||310 mm diameter|
|Table Tilt||45° - 0° - 45°|
|Throat Depth||420 mm|
17 December 2016
Good drill, but....I've been looking for a mid-priced drill for a while, and was finally swayed by the inherent flexibility of this radial pillar drill. Also, I do very little metal work so the Hobby specification seemed like it would be OK for me. The drill certainly has great features, is well built, is a nice height and was simple to assemble. However, the base is not good. It's far to small for such a top-heavy drill and I would also question the guage of steel used in the pillar - it just seems to lack the essential heft to keep the drill 100% steady. I ended up having to construct a bracket around the pillar and attached to the wall at a height of 130cm, just to keep it rock-solid. Now it is and I'm happy with the machine. The drill also looks looks like Alien, which is nice....!
31 October 2016
Great drillI wanted a pillar drill with good flexibility as my needs are pretty varied. This drill definitely fits the bill as it can be adjusted to cope with most situations. Assembly is easy and quality looks to be pretty good for the price. It does need a generous space in the workshop to use all the features but I think it is worth it. Lastly, delivery to France was excellent, quick and pretty reasonable for a heavy item.
18 August 2016
Money worthy drillI just received my drill and was surprised by the high quality of this product.!The drill is steady,precise and easy to work with.Compared to other chinese drills here in Greece
16 April 2016
An Excellent Machine At An Affordable PriceAxminster Hobby Series AHRD16F Floor Radial Drill is a good solid drill with many features. The sliding and rotating head allows drilling of items larger and higher than the drill base or table by standing them on the floor, beside the machine then positioning the chuck directly above where you want to drill.