Pillar drills are used to accurately and precisely drill holes through a variety of materials in a workshop. Pillar drills utilize a column and a base plate that attach to the drill, making for a safe and sturdy place to drill wood or other materials.Know More
Pillar drills are sometimes confused with bench drills, which are smaller and more portable drills that can be moved to various surfaces. Pillar drills, on the other hand, are full machines that feature a sliding column that is operated by a rotating handle. Pillar drills utilize a base plate on the floor, and they have their own working tables, so they do not require additional equipment to operate. When operating a pillar drill, it is important to:
Safety goggles, dust masks and gloves must always be worn when operating a pillar drill, as shards of debris can fly from the surface, potentially causing harm.
The working tables on pillar drills are typically tilt-able with the ability to adjust to different depths to accommodate many different material types and sizes.
The objects to be drilled need to be clamped down to the working table, rather than held in place, as the power of the drill will rotate the material, causing an unsafe working environment. Objects must always be placed in the safety clamp before drilling.
Pillar drills have attached safety guards, and they should always be used when the machine is in operation.
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