Axminster Hobby Series AHRD16F Floor Radial Drill
Axminster Hobby Series AHRD16F Floor Radial Drill

NOW £319.96

Normally £363.48

(£266.63 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AHRD16F Floor Radial Drill

Code: 101929

  • Medium sized floor radial pillar drill for hobby use, all cast iron construction
  • Smooth running 375W induction motor, 5 belt speeds 460-2,480rpm
  • Spindle running in SKF ball bearings
  • Quill assembly is a good fit into the headstock
  • Convenient rack and pinion table height adjustment
  • Fitted with soft grip rubber feed handles, and a quality 1-16mm keyless chuck
  • Features include belt cover safety switch and emergency stop switch
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Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

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
Chuck Type keyless
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
Model AHRD16F
Morse Taper 2 MT
Nett Weight 61 kg
Overall L x W x H 820 mm x 320 mm x 1,630 mm
Power 375 W
Rating Hobby
Speed Range 500 - 2,450 rpm (5)
Table Size 310 mm diameter
Table Tilt 45° - 0° - 45°
Throat Depth 420 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



27 July 2018

Runs true, nice and heavy.

Ordered yesterday at about 15:30, arrived 07.55 this morning. Can't complain at that.

Out of the box, it stinks. Get some rubber gloves, as it's covered in cheap oil. It cleans off easy enough and it seems to have served its purpose. The visor/guard was cracked, but a quick call and Cust Serv have replaced it quickly enough, no fuss, no issues, a 3 mins job.

Once everything is wiped down and cleaned of oil, set up took about 40/45mins. If you're technically savvy enough to know what you've ordered and it's use, you won't struggle with the set up, which is a good job, as the instructions aren't fantastic.

Anyhow, it's set up, I've tried some tests on soft and hard woods and it doesn't falter at all. It give very nice clean holes, with absolutely no play on the chuck at all. No wiggles, no skews as you drill down. So far, so good. Exactly what I wanted from it. Only caution to note is that it could be top heavy in certain situations. I don't want to bolt it down to the garage floor, but I will be tethering it to the wall for safety.

A reasonable price, a decent machine so far. I'm only a light user, but it seems so far, to be very sturdy.


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....!

Jim Fennell

31 October 2016

Great drill

I 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.

Theodoropoulos Dimitrios

18 August 2016

Money worthy drill

I 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
i am happy to own it at last.I highly suggest it to everybody !

Rex Hilson

16 April 2016

An Excellent Machine At An Affordable Price

Axminster 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.

For normal drilling the table has an extra arm which allows for easy articulation and the circular table can be rotated about its centre. Combining this with the sliding head, makes centring on the workpiece much less of a fiddle than with a conventional pillar drill. The sliding head also allows much larger items to be drilled due to the increased throat depth. The whole table assembly rotates around the column, taking the lifting rack with it, either for workpiece positioning or just to get it out of the way.

There is a depth gauge stop for the drill feed handle. All the settings that allow for moving from the horizontal and vertical setting have angle protractors and pointers associated with them making it easy to reset back to the normal settings. All moveable and settable features have very secure locking clamps on them so the machine stays fixed once set up. The work table is slotted to take “T” bolts and clamps to keep the workpiece in place while drilling.

One downside of the sliding head is that an absolute minimum of 600mm is required 360° from the centre of the column to get full advantage of the facilities provided by the head.

From a safety point of view the unit stands 1.65 metres high and is very top heavy, with quite a small base-plate, so it needs bolting down. I used 4 x 10mm x 115mm long Rawlbolts into the concrete floor, it feels rigid and I feel safe with it. It weighs in at around 60 Kg (132 lb), so if it fell over it could cause serious damage to you, itself, and anything else it hits on the way down.

Summary: This is a very good hobby/DIY machine, I found very similar machines on the internet, rebadged and costing up to nearly twice what I paid at Axminster Tools, but none cheaper, and they are close to hand if I have a problem.

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