What To Look For in a Pillar Drill
The best pillar drill (aka drill press) should be able to accurately drill multiple perpendicular holes to the same precise depth, so build quality is very important. The drill needs to come with a heavy base, preferably made from cast iron, in order to keep vibrations down to a minimum. A powerful yet quiet motor of at least 350W is ideal.
For control and precision look for at least 5 variable speed settings and if you want to drill holes at an angle a tilting table is an essential feature. Top models use electronic speed control so you don’t have to change belts and cams for different speed settings. A plastic safety guard around the drill housing is also an important feature.
There’s a wide range of pillar drills to suit every budget and task in front of you. I’ve tested out the best ones, so you don’t have to. Here’s what I discovered…