An exact way of working is a challenge when you work with a machine that you have to hold yourself and that is not permanently installed? If precise machining of materials is important to you, you want to work flexibly with different materials and you also have workpieces that are challenging to machine, then a pillar drilling machine is exactly what you need, as you will learn here.
In this pillar drill test 2021 you will learn about the comparison between pillar drills with V-belt drive, pillar drills with Vario drive and pillar gear drills with their respective advantages and disadvantages. You will also get information on which purchase criteria to pay attention to. Furthermore, you will be informed about where you can buy a pillar drill and what alternatives there are for a pillar drill.
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- 2 The most important facts
- 3 The Best Pillar Drilling Machines: Our Picks
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for pillar drilling machines
- 5 Decision: What types of pillar drilling machines are there and which is the right one for me?
- 6 Guide: Frequently asked questions about pillar drilling machines answered in detail
- 6.1 What is a pillar drill?
- 6.2 What is the difference between a pillar drilling machine and a column drilling machine?
- 6.3 For whom is a pillar drill suitable?
- 6.4 Which manufacturers of pillar drilling machines are there?
- 6.5 What does a pillar drill cost?
- 6.6 What are the alternatives to a pillar drill?
- 6.7 Which oil should I use for a pillar drill?
The most important facts
- With the help of a pillar drilling machine, you will be able to drill different materials, as this drill can be adapted to individual needs.
- You can choose between three types of pillar drilling machines, namely pillar drill with V-belt drive, pillar drill with Vario drive and pillar gear drill.
- For do-it-yourselfers who will be working with different materials, a pillar drill that has a rather higher motor power is suitable.
The Best Pillar Drilling Machines: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for pillar drilling machines
Since you will certainly encounter a large number of different pillar drills in the buying process, it is helpful if you know exactly what criteria you should look for when buying.
You can compare the pillar drills with each other if you look at the following criteria when buying:
Now you will find out what exactly is meant by these criteria.
Technical specifications in watts refer to the motor power. The power can vary from 500 to 1900 watts. The specifications in watts depend on the materials you want to work with on the pillar drill.
If you want to work with different materials or if you do not yet have concrete plans about which materials you will work with, it is advantageous to tend towards a higher motor power.
If you want to change the spindle speed on the drill, do so with the help of the belt drive. The spindle speed has an influence on the cutting speed.
The speed is especially important if you know what materials you will be working with. There are special speed tables with which you can determine what speed you need for the pillar drill.
Here you can see for which materials you need which speed:
|steel||650 - 1900 rpm|
|stone||inverse dependence on drill diameter|
If you use a drill with a small diameter, you should select a higher speed.
Continuously variable speed control is one way of adjusting the speed. You will also find pillar drills that allow you to regulate the speed via a gearbox.
You will use the drill chuck to tighten the drill bit. The drill chuck can be divided into:
|Classic chuck||You need a spanner to tighten this chuck|
|Self-tightening chuck||So that you can adapt the drill to your material, you can change the drill manually|
|SDS chuck||Here you also don't need any additional tools,this chuck is suitable for the hardest material|
To ensure that you can work safely with the pillar drill, make sure that a chip guard is one of the product features. A chip guard is there to protect you:
- protect against flying chips
- from contact with the rotating drill chuck and spindle
- from contact with the coolant
The drilling table is integrated in a pillar drilling machine. It is square and made of cast iron. With regard to the drilling table, you must remember that the table may be too small for you in terms of space and that you will have to add another drilling table yourself. You can find the instructions here.
However, there are also pillar drills where you can extend the drilling table so that the conversion of the drill is not necessary. The drill table of a pillar drill can be tilted by +45° to -45°.
Decision: What types of pillar drilling machines are there and which is the right one for me?
If you want to buy a pillar drill, there are three types of products you can choose from:
- Pillar drilling machine with V-belt drive
- Column drilling machine with Vario drive
- Column gear drilling machine
Now it is time to find out what exactly you can imagine under these different types.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about pillar drilling machines answered in detail
What is a pillar drill?
Because the pillar drilling machine has a pillar on which the drilling table is mounted, it is possible to work on the workpiece from all sides. The drilling spindle is also mounted on the column.
What is the difference between a pillar drilling machine and a column drilling machine?
The difference is that with a pillar drill you can move both the drill table and the drill spindle so that you can adapt the pillar drill to the material. With a pillar drill you can only adjust the drill spindle.
The drill table of a pillar drill cannot be moved, but it can be tilted in different directions. The drilling table of a pillar drill can be moved.
For whom is a pillar drill suitable?
People who work in model making will also buy a pillar drill. You can judge the suitability by whether the pillar drill is suitable for
- for do-it-yourselfers or
- for industry
is purchased. These two target groups naturally have different demands on the drill. Drilling machines for industry are mainly used in the automotive and heavy industry. Furthermore, the woodworking and ceramics industries make use of the pillar drill.
Which manufacturers of pillar drilling machines are there?
The German company Einhell is mainly known for its pillar drills and is therefore a good choice because the quality and price-performance ratio are right here.
Another German company that offers high quality drills is Güde. This company specialises in both DIY and industry. Drilling machines from this company can be used without any problems for working on various materials except concrete.
What does a pillar drill cost?
|Pillar drilling machine with V-belt drive||from € 890.00|
|Pillar drilling machine with Vario drive||from € 2,900.00|
|Pillar gear drilling machine||from € 3,000.00|
These price ranges refer to new pillar drilling machines. Furthermore, there are offers for used pillar drilling machines that are cheaper.
What are the alternatives to a pillar drill?
In this overview you can see the respective alternative together with a short description.
|Bench drill||The drill stands on the table. This means that a work table must be purchased for the drilling machine.Furthermore, there are limits to the size of the workpiece to be machined.However, this alternative is often priced below a pillar drilling machine.|
|Pillar drilling machine||This drilling machine has a box-shaped machine stand. It cannot be moved as it is fixed in place.It is used for demanding materials and operations.|
Which oil should I use for a pillar drill?
However, it is advisable to use a thin-bodied oil.
This oil is only applied to the drill chuck.
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