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Welcome to our big drill rig test 2022. Here we present all the drill stands that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best drill stand for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a drill stand.




Summary

  • A drill stand enables precise work with commercially available hand drills, cordless drills or multitools.
  • Drill stands are an inexpensive and flexible alternative to bench drills.
  • The trade offers do-it-yourselfers and craftsmen drill stands for mobile and stationary use in various designs for different tasks.

The Best Drill Stand: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a drill stand

What is a drill stand?

A drill stand is similar in design to a bench drill, but without a permanently installed drive motor for drills and other tools. A drill stand basically consists of only three components, the base plate, a guide column and a holder for the drill.

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A drill stand helps you to drill holes more precisely. (Image source: 123rf.com / 31009624)

Combining a hand drill with a drill stand allows you to work more accurately.

The big advantage of a drill stand over freehand drilling is that you can hold the workpiece with one hand while you precisely guide the drill with the other.

How does a drill stand work?

For drilling, the drill is clamped in the holder of the drill stand. The holder can be clamped to the guide column at almost any height.

The drill holder has a lever on one side with which the clamped drill is moved downwards during drilling. A return spring ensures that when the lever is released, the drill is moved back up with the holder to the starting position.

There is an opening in the centre of the base plate so that when drilling through a workpiece, the drill bit does not hit the base plate and damage the drill bit or base plate.

Depending on the design, different drilling machines can be clamped. Most drill stands are suitable for holding drills with Euronorm Ø 43 mm.

What is a drill stand used for?

With a drill stand you can work much more precisely with a conventional drill. The machine is precisely guided by the stand during drilling.

A drill stand is suitable in combination with a cordless or mains-powered drill for drilling vertical holes in wood, metal or plastic.

Depending on the model, you can fix the drill in the holder at a certain angle so that angled holes can also be drilled cleanly.

A drill stand for the hand drill is an inexpensive alternative to a table drill. A drill stand is often used where there is not enough space to permanently set up a bench drill.

In addition, a drill stand is lighter than a bench drill and can be used, for example, when working on the garden shed or in the attic.

What do I have to consider when working with a drill stand?

It is important that the drill stand is always securely fixed when working, except for stands specially designed for mobile use. Ideally, you should fix the drill stand to the workbench with screws or at least with sturdy screw clamps.

Another important point is to clamp the workpiece in a vice whenever possible. You should also take care not to wear clothing with loose sleeves that can get caught in the drill chuck.

You should always wear safety goggles when working with a drill.

Is every drill stand mobile?

In principle, every drill stand for hand drills is mobile. The weight of stationary drill stands is also relatively low and the stands are not very large.

You can therefore easily stow and transport them in the boot of your car, for example. However, if you often need a drill stand at different locations, a drill stand designed as a mobile device is the better choice.

What accessories are available for drill stands?

There are practically no accessories for drill stands apart from vises for clamping the workpieces.

If you clamp the workpieces in the vice for drilling, you can hold them much better and position them more easily under the drill.

Did you know that you can also attach lighting devices to the drill stand?

To ensure that you can work perfectly even when it is dark in your workshop, you can attach small battery-operated spots or spotlights.

Can a drill stand also be used for working with a flexible shaft?

Stationary drill stands can easily be used for working with a flexible shaft. The drill is held securely by the stand so that you can work freely with the shaft.

You do not have to worry about the machine falling off the workbench. You can also clamp wire brushes or polishing wheels in the drill. You can expand your machining possibilities with a drill stand without additional machines.

What does a drill stand cost?

The prices vary depending on the manufacturer and design.

Type price range
Designed drill stands for mobile use from about 20 to 25 €
Built drill stands for mainly stationary use from about 60 €
Professional equipment used on construction sites for core drilling about 400 to 800 €

Drilling machine stands designed for mobile use are available from around €20 to €25. Drilling machine stands built for mainly stationary use cost from around €60 upwards.

Professional equipment, which is used for example on construction sites for core drilling, is much more expensive and costs around 400 to 800 euros, depending on the manufacturer and design.

Can I also rent or borrow a drill stand?

As a rule, you cannot rent normal stationary drill stands for the workshop at home. Only the larger, mobile drill stands for core drilling are available from various tool rental companies.

Can I build a drill stand myself?

In principle, yes, but the effort is hardly worth it given the sometimes very low prices for ready-made drill stands.

In addition, you need a little experience in working with metals and mechanical drives to achieve high precision with a self-built drill stand.

What alternatives are there to drill stands?

An alternative to drill stands is a bench drill. The construction and mode of operation are basically the same as for drill stands. As a rule, a bench drill is more stable and precise, but also much more expensive, less flexible to use and not mobile.

Bench drills are worth considering if you often have to drill holes that require very high accuracy.

In many cases, a drill stand makes the work easier, expands the possible uses of a normal drill and often makes drilling with the required precision possible in the first place.

Good drill stands do not have to be expensive. And brand-name devices are not always better than no-name products.

Did you know that you can also clamp a handheld router in the drill stand?

High-quality drill stands are particularly suitable for this. But of course you should always pay attention to the brand and whether the dimensions fit.

Decision: What types of drill stands are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of drill stands:

  • stationary drill stands
  • mobile drill stands
  • Mini drill stands
  • combined drilling and milling stands

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the most suitable drill stand for you.

What are stationary drill stands and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Stationary drill stands are the classic drill stands for hand drills.

Advantages
  • safe stand
  • simple operation
  • for battery and mains operated drills
  • favourable prices for various models
Disadvantages
  • not all models allow angle adjustment
  • inexpensive drill stands are often not sufficiently stable

They were developed to achieve a similarly high precision in drilling with a normal hand drill as with a table or pillar drill.

You can use the combination of hand drill and stationary drill stand for drilling in small and large workpieces made of metal, wood and plastic.

What are mobile drill stands and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Mobile drill stands are light and compact guide aids for commercially available drilling machines. They generally consist of a base plate, two parallel guide columns and a clamping device for the drilling machine.

Handling is therefore very simple. The drilling precision that can be achieved with a mobile drill stand is somewhat lower than with stationary drill stands.

Advantages
  • low weight
  • very mobile
  • flexible application possibilities
  • favourable price
Disadvantages
  • limited precision
  • only low stability

The work results are nevertheless much better than with freehand drilling. Special versions of mobile drill stands are used for core drilling.

What are mini drill stands and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Mini drill stands are an ideal complement to the multitools and milling motors popular with model makers, for example from Proxxon, Dremel and other manufacturers. With the help of a mini drill stand, the small tools can be guided precisely and precise vertical drilling can be carried out.

Advantages
  • good stability
  • suitable for fine drilling work
  • enable precise work
  • for precision mechanics and model makers
Disadvantages
  • not suitable for large drilling machines
  • comparatively high purchase price

Mini drill stands are generally only suitable for holding multitools and milling motors. Normal drilling machines cannot be used with these stands. For larger drillings, a second drill stand for a large drill or a bench drill is therefore required.

What are combined drill and milling stands and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Combined drill and milling stands considerably expand the possible uses of a drilling machine. They usually have a second feed axis so that they can be used for both vertical and horizontal drilling and milling work.

In addition, the tool holder of some models can be swivelled through 360 degrees. Equipped with a suitable milling cutter, normal drills can be used in combination with a drill and milling stand for simple milling work in wood,. And plastic in combination with a drill and router stand.

Advantages
  • suitable for drilling and simple milling work
  • flexible use
  • precise work possible
  • stable
Disadvantages
  • depending on model high purchase price
  • operation sometimes awkward

When it comes to drilling and milling stands, the quality of workmanship plays an important role. For precise drilling and milling, the guides must be stable and as free of play as possible.

Before looking for a suitable drill stand, we recommend that you consider what you want to use the drill stand for and where.

Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate drill stands

In the following, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate drill stands. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular drill stand is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are the following factors:

  • Compatibility
  • Working height
  • Stroke
  • Throat
  • Angle adjustment
  • Base plate
  • Workmanship
  • Accessories

In the next paragraphs, we will explain the respective purchase criteria in detail and show you how you can rank these criteria.

Compatibility

Compatibility is probably the most important purchase criterion. You need to make sure that the stand is compatible with your hand drill or, in the case of a mini drill stand, with your multitool.

Not all drill stands offer universal compatibility and allow you to drill Euro-standard holes. Some models, especially different branded units, sometimes only fit certain drills.

Working height

The working height is the distance between the base plate and the holder for the drilling machine. It indicates the maximum height a workpiece can be so that you can still drill it.

However, you must bear in mind that the working height is reduced by the length of the drill chuck and the length of the drill bit.

Stroke

The stroke distance is also an important criterion for buying a drill stand. The stroke distance indicates how far you can move the clamped drill from the starting position downwards.

This means the maximum depth you can drill without having to readjust the holder for the drill. This information is particularly important if you want to drill through thick materials and workpieces such as beams in one go.

Overhang

The overhang is the distance from the centre of the drill chuck of the clamped drill to the guide column of the drill stand.

This distance is an important purchase criterion for a stationary drill stand if you need to drill into larger panels with a greater distance to the edges.

Angle adjustment

The angle adjustment allows you to adjust the drill holder with the drill in the vertical plane so that you can drill at an angle.

Some high-quality drill stands are equipped with angle adjustment. However, the angle can often only be adjusted in fixed steps of 15 degrees. You will rarely find an infinitely variable angle adjustment.

Base plate

A large and stable base ensures that the drill stand remains stable and secure when drilling. The base supports the entire weight of the device, including the hand drill.

A large base plate also provides the largest possible support surface for the workpieces or a vice. Holes or grooves in the base plate are a useful detail for being able to securely fasten a vice to the base plate.

Last but not least, there should be a hole in each corner of the base plate so that the drill stand itself can be screwed to a workbench.

Quality of workmanship

The build quality plays an important role in two aspects: accuracy and durability of the drill stand. The better the build quality and finish of the drill stand's guides, the higher the accuracy when drilling.

The stroke of the drill must be free of play and smooth without jerking. Generally, you should choose a drill stand that is made entirely of metal because of its sturdier design and longer durability.

Accessories

The most important accessory for a stationary and mini drill stand is a machine vice. A vice is indispensable for drilling into small workpieces.

The vice also makes it easier to position the workpieces exactly under the drill. Not all drill stands come with a machine vice.

Pay attention to this when choosing a drill stand and, if necessary, buy a suitable machine vice as well.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of drill stands

Magnetic drill stands - the specialists among drill stands

Magnetic drill stands form a separate group among drill stands and are used by professionals. They were developed for mobile workshops and repair teams in industry and mechanical engineering.

It is not always possible or sensible to dismantle individual components of a machine, a large vehicle or a production plant for a repair or the attachment of additional parts and bring them to a workshop.

Unlike other drill stands, there is an electromagnet in the base of the equipment - hence the name - which can be used to attach the stand to machine bodies made of metal. Magnetic drill stands can be used with conventional drilling machines horizontally, vertically also overhead and on sloping surfaces.

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