Axminster Model Engineer Series X0 Micro Drill
Axminster Model Engineer Series X0 Micro Drill
£239.95 (£199.96 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Model Engineer Series X0 Micro Drill

Code: 505097

  • Pillar drill for the model engineer and electronics enthusiast
  • Accurate, compact machine for drilling up to 6mm diameter
  • Solidly made and with cast iron base
  • Stable and free from vibration
  • 2 speed ranges with full electronic control
  • Digital read-out of quill travel with zeroing facility
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Model Engineer Series X0 Micro Drill
  • Compound Table for X0 Micro Drill
  • Proxxon MICROMOT Step Clamp Set
  • Micro Mill Clamping Kit
Total: £504.82

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Model Engineer Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

A very useful smaller pillar drill for the model engineer, electronics enthusiast or indeed anyone who has the need for an accurate, compact machine for drilling holes up to 6mm diameter. Unlike many other similar drills, the Axminster Model Engineer Series X0 is solidly made and has a hefty cast iron base, making it stable and free from vibration. Features include a choice of two speed ranges with full electronic control within each speed range, digital read-out of the quill travel with zeroing facility and choice of metric or imperial units, coarse or fine downfeed and a quill locking screw. The cast iron base has two T-slots for holding a vice or compound table and there is an adjustable fence bar which clamps to the table to act as a support for the workpiece.

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This product is on page 98 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Base Size 275 mm x 165 mm
Chuck Capacity 6 mm
Chuck Travel 40 mm
Chuck Type keyed
Diameter of Column 30 mm
Max Chuck to Base 195 mm
Model X0
Nett Weight 14 kg
Overall L x W x H 275 mm x 165 mm x 400 mm
Power 150 W
Rating Model Engineer
Sound Power Level [Uncertainty K] 66 dB(A) [2.0 dB]
Speed Range 0 - 3,600 / 0 - 5,000 rpm (2 x Var)
Spindle Taper B10
Throat Depth 165 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (4)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 2.6 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



22 October 2018

Nice idea spoilt by poor quality motor and drive belt.

This is a nice miniature drill-mill that should be perfect for model makers and those that have a use for a small precision machine - and it almost delivers!
My motor runs rough and sometimes fails to start and needs "hand starting" by turning the chuck!
When checking the motor I noticed that the black plastic brush holders had been screwed-in at an angle and that this in turn had cross-threaded the threads on them making it impossible to improve this as they could not be screwed back in any better without fear of destroying the small amount of remaining thread! These small black plastic moulded parts are not listed as a spare part - but I will ask anyway!
With the brushes removed it was possible to see the commutator. The motor had obviously been pre-run in the factory in very dirty conditions as the commutator was quite badly marked and looked like some grit or sand had been ingested between it and the brushes.
The drive belt is also "lumpy" and causes the motor to "pulse" when running. If I can find a better quality belt this could improve the running quality considerably.
If I can locate some new brush holders and a decent quality drive belt this will be a nice little machine, but I notice that it is being discontinued by all the current importers and hope that it will be replaced by a "mark two" variant in the future that comes with better quality control and an improved drive belt.

simon Newbury

17 October 2018

Mr S. Newbury School DT tech.

The school had purchased the drill prior to my employment, having now used the drill I agree with other reviewers about motor speed control issues. I also found it very noisy.
I would also add that on our unit the chuck wanders around "out of true" which makes drilling 0.8mm holes in a PCB a bit of a challenge!
As a result of this I reverted to a cheap handheld PCB drill with gave far better results.
Overall for the intended use it was well short of what I would have expected, so it will now go back into the cupboard!


2 August 2018


A friend of mine ordered it and I went to his place to unpack it together.
Attention to details = zero.
It looks as though it was mass-produced in some dirty, crappy Chinese factory.
It is not too expensive and my friend is capable of using the parts to basically rebuild it, so I'd say that's the only way this purchase can be useful.
Unless you need a quick counter-sink device.

Philip Walker

21 October 2015

Solid if a little rough round the edges

My wife kindly bought me this drill as a present for my birthday as I have started modelling.
My first impression as I got it out of the box was that it was a heavy, sturdy and basically well put together bit of kit - although the smell of the oil/grease in which it was packed was quite strong!
Assembly, following the 'destructions', was easy,and the various features of the drill are quite well explained, and I think, will be very useful.
However, although I have yet to use it as a precision micro drill several things have already become apparent:
- The belt drive had to be replaced immediately (Axminster were their usual very efficient selves) as it varied in thickness causing the motor/drill shaft to speed up and slow down making a "waw - waw" sound. The replacement is much better, but it still has the tendency to make slow speed setting a bit hit and miss.
- Whilst carrying out the above replacement it was apparent that the pulley on the motor and the pulley on the drill head were out of line. It was a simple slackening and tightening of a grub screw to put it right, but I do wonder why that wasn't seen on final factory check.
- At slow speed the motor has very little torque indeed.
- If you set the speed controller at a fixed speed, even without load it does have a tendency to hunt up and down the rev range.

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