Talking of depth, the maximum distance from the baseplate to the bottom of the keyless chuck is 28 cm, which can be adjusted to a minimum of 9 cm, with the maximum travel when in use also being 9 cm.
Unlike other pillar drills, the baseplate doesn’t move – instead, a fixing towards the rear lets you slide the whole upper unit up and down the shaft via the wheel on the side, which is then locked off, letting you use the same wheel to depress the drill when in use.
A side effect of the baseplate not being adjustable is you’re unable to change the angle. This might be a deal breaker for some, but hasn’t hindered our use thus far, and should we ever require an angled hole, it should be easy enough to rig up a homemade jig to sit on the baseplate.
What’s lost from an adjustable baseplate is compensated for by the built-in clamp and adjustable parallel guide fence. The clamp is a little fiddly to use, but as it’s attached directly to the shaft, it’s sturdy, and there’s no fear that you’ll put it down and... darn it, where did it go?
Other features include an emergency stop located on the front of the unit (something sorely missing from almost every other pillar drill we looked at), a laser cross-hair to help you find centre, and a light to illuminate your working area, all of which is packed into a machine that weighs just over 11 kg, and sits inside a footprint of 33×35 cm, with a total height of 65 cm, meaning you could potentially store it away when not in use.
We’re very impressed with the machine, which, despite having an official maximum drilling diameter of 40 mm in wood, was more than capable of drilling a 90 mm Forstner bit into hard oak (but always take care when pushing a machien beyond its stated limits).
Verdict: 9 out of 10
Solid piece of kit for when a hand drill isn't quite enough