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Wickes Bench Pillar Drill - 350W - half price was £60 now £30 C&C
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Wickes Bench Pillar Drill - 350W - half price was £60 now £30 C&C

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Wickes Bench Pillar Drill - 350W - half price was £60 now £30 C&C
Refreshed 26th May 2019 (Posted 26th May 2019)

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Can't really go too wrong at this price, I need to drill holes straight.

With a speedbor drill bit it's almost impossible by hand, so at £30 I can't really pass this deal up.
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Features & benefits
  • No-volt safety release switch
  • Adjustable table with tilt facility
  • Fan-cooled induction motor
  • Cast iron construction
  • Supplied with adjustable chuck guard, chuck key and depth gauge
  • 13mm chuck
  • Drilling capacity: wood 13mm
  • No load speed 600 / 2800rpm
  • Weight 18.0kg
  • Table size 160 x 160mm, throat depth 100mm, swing 208mm, spindle travel 50mm
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This drill is built to a price. It's the very bottom end of the market and if you are only drilling inaccurate holes in light magerial, it will be ok. The main issues with these drills are... When you lower the spindle there's too much play in the shaft (no adjustment to get rid of it either) / the motor windings are just too tight in the frame and can short circuit / the table can flex under drilling pressure and the castings are full of blow holes (covered with spray filler).
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Awesome, thank you. Just ordered
Saw this last week. When I checked out the reviews on it they were terrible, I have the display model a good shake and a play with it, and it doesn't seem all that great
i've had a pillar drill for about 10 years, and use it about annually! However, when I do need it, nothing else would get the job done so a useful tool. Heat at this price.
Reviews are awful. Avoid - even at this price.
350w, only good for drilling cheese then!
Perfect for the home diyer.
This drill is built to a price. It's the very bottom end of the market and if you are only drilling inaccurate holes in light magerial, it will be ok. The main issues with these drills are... When you lower the spindle there's too much play in the shaft (no adjustment to get rid of it either) / the motor windings are just too tight in the frame and can short circuit / the table can flex under drilling pressure and the castings are full of blow holes (covered with spray filler).
taff_526/05/2019 10:30

Reviews are awful. Avoid - even at this price.


^^^^This. When you need a drill press it's because you really need one, this one will disappoint for anything requiring either accuracy or power (the two things you usually need from a drill press).
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Personally, I'd hold out and go for the Lidl pillar drill, £65 can't fault it. Some positive reviews on YouTube
it's 30 quid for a pillar drill it's hardly going to be good, I think a lot of those reviewers are expecting a bit much, but maybe ok for drilling a few holes occasionally.

generally people who need a pillar drill are people who need a decent one, therefore I think it's probably worth investing a bit more.
Edited by: "banterchicken" 26th May 2019
electrogear26/05/2019 10:32

350w, only good for drilling cheese then!




350w should be adequate, we've got an old (1950's perhaps), Startrite mercury floorstanding pillar drill, the induction motor says its 1/8 HP on the label, although the brochure suggests it should be 1/3 hp, which would still make it only about 250 watts. lathes.co.uk/sta…tml Bought from a garage workshop some years ago, not a great drill, but it is ok, if I apply far too much force to the handle, the cast iron head and table flex slightly, but it doesn't usually stall. I had to replace all the perished rubber wiring, including the leads to the motor windings, and the start cap.


With a budget machine like this, I'd be more concerned about issues like rigidity, play and run-out, which will affect accuracy.
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the__cat26/05/2019 12:59

Mmmmm drilled cheese!


Some people go emmental for it!
The drill is only £30....calm down ppl. If it was £200 yes, complain, but it's only £30. Good buy if you DIY once a year like most of us
350w is fine for a pillar drill, you want it to drill straight and true. The idea is never to drill through it quickly. If you are in a hurry let someone who knows what they are doing drill it.
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wezzman1126/05/2019 13:06

The drill is only £30....calm down ppl. If it was £200 yes, complain, but i …The drill is only £30....calm down ppl. If it was £200 yes, complain, but it's only £30. Good buy if you DIY once a year like most of us


yeah but if you get better value throwing £30 in the bin then why buy it???

if it doesnt do what it needs to do its worthless
deleted116305626/05/2019 13:23

yeah but if you get better value throwing £30 in the bin then why buy …yeah but if you get better value throwing £30 in the bin then why buy it???if it doesnt do what it needs to do its worthless


Yeah but if you only need to for drilling holes into small bits of wood then it’s perfect...

its like buying a fiat 500 and saying yeah but a Ferrari is better
marty-40126/05/2019 10:55

This drill is built to a price. It's the very bottom end of the market and …This drill is built to a price. It's the very bottom end of the market and if you are only drilling inaccurate holes in light magerial, it will be ok. The main issues with these drills are... When you lower the spindle there's too much play in the shaft (no adjustment to get rid of it either) / the motor windings are just too tight in the frame and can short circuit / the table can flex under drilling pressure and the castings are full of blow holes (covered with spray filler).



usually there's a grub screw to elminate the spindle play, not on this model?
droitwichdosser26/05/2019 13:32

Yeah but if you only need to for drilling holes into small bits of wood …Yeah but if you only need to for drilling holes into small bits of wood then it’s perfect...its like buying a fiat 500 and saying yeah but a Ferrari is better


Exactly!
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wezzman1126/05/2019 13:44

Exactly!


based on the comments with play in the spindle i dont even think it will manage that very well, might end up with a larger oval hole than desired
banterchicken26/05/2019 11:45

it's 30 quid for a pillar drill it's hardly going to be good, I think a …it's 30 quid for a pillar drill it's hardly going to be good, I think a lot of those reviewers are expecting a bit much, but maybe ok for drilling a few holes occasionally.generally people who need a pillar drill are people who need a decent one, therefore I think it's probably worth investing a bit more.


Looking at getting a pillar drill, not in a hurry and budgeting about 60-100 as I’ll rarely use. Happy to go find a second hand bargain needing work.

Any recommendations? Would ideally like it to take augers, but Forster bits would be fine.
sten26/05/2019 13:43

usually there's a grub screw to elminate the spindle play, not on this …usually there's a grub screw to elminate the spindle play, not on this model?


The single grub screw can help a little with side play but front to back is still pretty bad.
droitwichdosser26/05/2019 13:32

Yeah but if you only need to for drilling holes into small bits of wood …Yeah but if you only need to for drilling holes into small bits of wood then it’s perfect...its like buying a fiat 500 and saying yeah but a Ferrari is better


Terrible analogy.
X3R3S26/05/2019 14:49

Looking at getting a pillar drill, not in a hurry and budgeting about …Looking at getting a pillar drill, not in a hurry and budgeting about 60-100 as I’ll rarely use. Happy to go find a second hand bargain needing work. Any recommendations? Would ideally like it to take augers, but Forster bits would be fine.


For that price a Clarke one from machine mart could be worth a look.

machinemart.co.uk/p/c…ri/
Seen it in store today. Looks and feels crappy. And that price reflects that. Still may be ok for most normal DIY jobs.
marty-40126/05/2019 14:56

The single grub screw can help a little with side play but front to back …The single grub screw can help a little with side play but front to back is still pretty bad.


I picked one up yesterday and it's good at the top end but down the bottom or travel it's well out. Saying that though if it's a shallow depth it will be not at the far end of the travel and it it's thicker stuff surely that will counteract a lot of the play because it's already in the hole? The quill screw does nothing for the play unless you want to stop it moving entirely up and down too.
Will probably just modify it, just needs some set screws on side and front to back. Easy enough to do and ALL the sub 200 quid drills I have looked at have play issues from YouTube reviews I watched in the last week or Amazon reviews or display models in store.
It cost me 27 quid, with Wickes trade card. Not going to knock it at the price at all
bobbler26/05/2019 16:57

I picked one up yesterday and it's good at the top end but down the bottom …I picked one up yesterday and it's good at the top end but down the bottom or travel it's well out. Saying that though if it's a shallow depth it will be not at the far end of the travel and it it's thicker stuff surely that will counteract a lot of the play because it's already in the hole? The quill screw does nothing for the play unless you want to stop it moving entirely up and down too.Will probably just modify it, just needs some set screws on side and front to back. Easy enough to do and ALL the sub 200 quid drills I have looked at have play issues from YouTube reviews I watched in the last week or Amazon reviews or display models in store. It cost me 27 quid, with Wickes trade card. Not going to knock it at the price at all


Like you say the screw on the side will do little to nothing (it usually has a shoulder on it to stop it bottoming out and only really stops it from rotating in a loose groove). As we have both said, it's a cheap drill and compromises are to be expected (fingers crossed the motor doesn't short out though).
Given that this seems to be getting slated, would a cheap jig not do the same job? amazon.co.uk/Sil…c=1
deleted116305626/05/2019 13:47

based on the comments with play in the spindle i dont even think it will …based on the comments with play in the spindle i dont even think it will manage that very well, might end up with a larger oval hole than desired


I've been using it all afternoon with a drill bit that is clamped right on the end and had no issues with spindle variation. Drilled a nice clean straight hole.
electrogear26/05/2019 10:32

350w, only good for drilling cheese then!


I just drilled 100m thick pine without a problem, as long as you go slow.
Folks, I bought one this morning and drilled a fair few test holes (scrap hard and soft wood). I used regular bits and fostner bits and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty good. Consistent and true, every time. I did have to spend a bit of time getting it all level and the base was a bit wonky (some very light angle grinding fixed that). Maybe I got lucky, but I’m dead pleased with it. I won’t use it loads; but then again, it’s not a pro product. Thanks again for the post and good luck to anyone else who takes the gamble. Please let me know how you get on!
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Bigfootpete26/05/2019 17:39

I just drilled 100m thick pine without a problem, as long as you go slow.


100m thick?

wow amazing!
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Bigfootpete26/05/2019 17:39

I just drilled 100m thick pine without a problem, as long as you go slow.


You have to drill slow for a softwood like pine? I bet it goes through steel like a knife through.... steel?
marty-40126/05/2019 17:29

Like you say the screw on the side will do little to nothing (it usually …Like you say the screw on the side will do little to nothing (it usually has a shoulder on it to stop it bottoming out and only really stops it from rotating in a loose groove). As we have both said, it's a cheap drill and compromises are to be expected (fingers crossed the motor doesn't short out though).


I expect you could burn out the motor but you would have to labour the crap out of it - probably be the belts slipping first though I guess (not sure, it's my first drill press).
I watched this guys video earlier but looks like a good modification for removing the play and I have taps etc just need some nylon screws so as not to score the quill which are a few pence on ebay - youtube.com/wat…BIA
bobbler26/05/2019 20:26

I expect you could burn out the motor but you would have to labour the …I expect you could burn out the motor but you would have to labour the crap out of it - probably be the belts slipping first though I guess (not sure, it's my first drill press).I watched this guys video earlier but looks like a good modification for removing the play and I have taps etc just need some nylon screws so as not to score the quill which are a few pence on ebay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxIuhj7rBIA


I've seen a couple of basic assembly balls ups cause motor failure 1:; the windings pressed hard against the motor end caps causing dead short after minimal use 2; the screw for the earth wire on the motor being a bit too long poking into the motor windings causing dead short. Also load the motor up and this burns out the start winding (open the motor up and the start winding will be black and the run winding will copper coloured like normal - even though the windings are made of aluminium and sprayed with copper coloured lacquer).
Edited by: "marty-401" 26th May 2019
banterchicken26/05/2019 15:41

For that price a Clarke one from machine mart could be worth a …For that price a Clarke one from machine mart could be worth a look.https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cdp5eb-5-speed-bench-mounted-pillar-dri/


They look awfully similar... like they came from the same factory
marty-40126/05/2019 20:41

I've seen a couple of basic assembly balls ups cause motor failure 1:; the …I've seen a couple of basic assembly balls ups cause motor failure 1:; the windings pressed hard against the motor end caps causing dead short after minimal use 2; the screw for the earth wire on the motor being a bit too long poking into the motor windings causing dead short. Also load the motor up and this burns out the start winding (open the motor up and the start winding will be black and the run winding will copper coloured like normal - even though the windings are made of aluminium and sprayed with copper coloured lacquer).


Cheers for that mate, may have a look inside for wiring issues as I am modding it anyway. It's nearing throwaway price and if I find myself using it a lot will keep an eye out for an upgrade.
I bought one. It's pretty crap.

I'd save your money if I were you
Great deal! Thank you!
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