Axminster Trade AT700PD/ATDP17F Floor Pillar Drill
Axminster Trade AT700PD/ATDP17F Floor Pillar Drill
£559.96 (£466.63 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Trade AT700PD/ATDP17F Floor Pillar Drill

Code: 102554

  • Medium sized, floor standing pillar drill for trade use, all cast iron construction
  • Smooth running 750W induction motor, 12 belt speeds 120-2,580rpm
  • Spindle running in genuine NSK ball bearings
  • Quill assembly is a good fit into the headstock
  • Convenient rack and pinion table height adjustment
  • Fitted with cast iron feed handle with soft rubber grips and a quality 1-16mm keyless chuck
  • Electrically interlocked chuck guard and LED work lamp included
  • Features include belt cover safety switch and separate emergency stop switch
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade AT700PD/ATDP17F Floor Pillar Drill
  • Axminster Unigrip Vertical/Horizontal Drill Vice - 125mm
Total: £620.91

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Trade Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

This is a medium sized, floor standing Trade pillar drill. Very robustly made from cast iron and machined steel giving high strength and stability. It has a highly accurate chuck spindle assembly, running in NSK ball race bearings. The quill housing is a good fit within the headstock casting, giving consistent drilling. Powered by a smooth running 750W induction motor, there are 12 belt speeds between 120-2,580rpm. The Japanese made belts are of the multi-vee type, chosen for maximum grip and the lowest level of vibration. The belt cover also has a safety switch to prevent the drill being run with the cover open. The down feed is via a one-piece cast iron handle with soft rubber grips and there is an accurate drilling depth control. A quality 1-16mm keyless chuck is fitted. The chuck guard is electrically interlocked for safety and is easily adjustable for height. The switch system has a separate locking emergency stop switch, plus there is a switch for the integrated LED work light. Table height is controlled via a rack and pinion system; the whole table assembly can be swivelled away to allow the base to be used as a work support. This trade rated pillar drill offers many unique features but is quite compact in size. If you are looking for a bench mounted model of similar size, please refer to product code 102553. A great choice for any trade or school workshop looking for a great performing floor standing pillar drill. Please note, this machine must be bolted to the floor for safe working.

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This product is on page 75 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Base Size 520 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 700 mm
Max Drilling Mild Steel 25 mm
Model AT700PD
Morse Taper 2 MT
Nett Weight 108 kg
Overall L x W x H 750 mm x 430 mm x 1,650 mm
Power 750 W
Rating Trade
Speed Range 120 - 2,580 rpm (12)
Spindle Taper 2 MT
Table Size 345 mm x 345 mm
Table Tilt 45° - 0° - 45°
Throat Depth 216 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (3)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Simon Rafferty

7 November 2018


I've been using one of these in the workshop today. It's very solid, there is no run-out on the spindle, the range of speeds is great. Min speed on ours says 150rpm rather than 120 listed here - but it's plenty slow enough either way, even for hole saws. It has bags of torque.
The table adjust is smooth, including rotating on the column. I can only assume the reviewer who said it was difficult, was doing something wrong!
The best bit is the guard! Guards on drills, while important are generally a menace! Not being able to see is often just as dangerous. The guard on this is superb. Good visibility, doesn't get in the way and fully adjustable. The interlock is well made too.
My favorite drill so far!

Bill Crawford

8 May 2018

solid product and great value

bought this pillar drill a few years ago and has been used for all sorts from drilling pen blanks, timber and steel
keyless chuck works smoothly, belt changes a doddle, table vertical and horizontal adjustment easy and precise and no significant vibration when running possibly due to bolting to the floor !!
if you need precise table angle get a GemRed angle guage
unlike the previous reviewer, if used safely and installed properly this is a useful addition to anyone's workshop which will last a lifetime


7 June 2017

I wish I had checked this out in the shop first

First the good stuff.

Promptly and efficiently delivered by a really nice guy.

It is easy to assemble, but does need two people to lift the head on.

It drills holes.

However, I am not impressed with this at all. I should say that I am a woodworker, so maybe that makes a difference in terms of what is, I guess, an engineering pillar drill.

It states that is has belts that give the lowest level of vibration. Well I have to assume that this is the case, but it sure does vibrate a lot. To get an accurate hole in a piece of wood, the wood has to be clamped. It is not possible to just hand hold a piece of wood, it will move due to the "lowest level of vibration".

Then to the rack and pinion mechanism for the table. What a piece of junk this is. It is supposed to allow the table to swivel away, well it does sort of. But to do this you have to loosen the grub screw, swivel a bit, adjust the rack, swivel a bit, adjust the rack, swivel a bit, adjust the rack etc etc, then retighten the grub screw.

This is clearly a personal opinion, but I am somewhat disappointed with this. I had an old Record pillar drill before this and made the mistake of not spending a lot. Now, while this is not the most expensive pillar drill available, it still costs a lot of money and in my opinion is not value for money.

Still, it drills holes and I guess you get what you pay for. Just how much do I have to pay? Maybe I expect too much?

As I say, if you are considering this drill, I would recommend checking it out in the shop first.

Dear Sir,
With regard to your review of your recently purchased Axminster Pillar Drill, we would like to express our concern that you would consider holding a work piece by hand during a drilling operation. This is not a practice that should be considered under any circumstance. It can lead to serious injury including broken bones due to the workpiece being "snatched" by the drill bit. We would always recommend the use of a securely clamped work holding vice, or clamping the work piece to the table of the pillar drill. Other than the safety aspect, the other main benefit of using a vice is that the hole being drilled will be more accurate. There will also be much less vibration.
You also mention the swivelling of the table around the column, due to the length of the rack this can be a somewhat awkward procedure. It may be worth greasing the grooves where the ends of the racks are located, and make sure that the collar is not clamping the rack too tightly.

We want you to be happy with your purchase, if you are not we will, of course, be happy to offer you a refund of the full cost and collect your pillar drill from you. We hope that you overcome your initial miss givings about this pillar drill and enjoy it's use in the future.

Kind regards,

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