July 17th, 2012, 05:42 PM
I've spent a silly amount of time on ebay hunting down and bidding on (and loosing) old pillar drills. Im fed-up now and just want to buy a new one but cant find anything that any one is happy with. Bearings seem to be an issue with most. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I have around £300 to spend. Also what distance is needed between the centre of the chuck and the column for building guitars?
July 17th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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July 17th, 2012, 06:35 PM
+1 on Axminster.
I have a bench-mounted drill from there with a wide enough throat to drill any holes required in a telecaster. It is really heavy and solid. I haven't used it that much as yet, but so far it is excellent. I guess if I put sideways pressure on it the bearings would go, but I am trying to not do that.
July 17th, 2012, 07:46 PM
Mega handy , from Axminster also. Not expensive.
July 18th, 2012, 04:07 AM
I have just checked - the one I have is the model WD16B. It was a toss-up between that one and the one recommended by macaroonie. I went with the 16B thinking it would take up less room front to back (ie. less space required behind the pillar). The photo is a bit deceptive - there is still almost 10 inches of machine behind the pillar. To be honest, if I had have known that when I purchased I probably would have gone for mac's recommended one, especially given the price difference. But it is worth looking at the specs and see which would be more useful.
July 18th, 2012, 06:29 AM
Cheers guys! Bought this one last night http://www.axminster.co.uk/jet-jet-jdp-15-pillar-drill-prod362509/ Thought id better buy a decent machine while I have the money. Hopefully it will last me a while.