Bench Pillar Drill

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This is a 5-speed, 250W unit from Wickes

Mounted on a piece of heavy kitchen worktop to provide a stable base.

Chuck capacity 12mm / 1/2"

Normally set to the middle speed range - adjust it by pulling forwards the motor using the handle at the rear, locking it in this position using the securing lock on the right-hand side. Squeeze the spring as tight as possible using one hand before locking with the other.

It is easiest to first slip the belt up or down the stack of reducing pulley sizes, then adjust the other (increasing size) end to arrive at the correct position. Then release the locking screw to allow the motor to return to its normal running position, making sure that the belt is seated squarely in the pulleys and is not twisted. Close the belt cover and check that the drill runs quietly and smoothly (as far as possible) before using it. Check for a twisted or damaged belt if this is not the case.


Like many similar low-cost drills, the accuracy of the chuck is not brilliant.

The depth stop is broken, and may need repair or replacement. We won't know until the belt is replaced.

Repaired, as far as possible. Note that the stop causes the drill axis to wander - it's best to use the depth stop as a visual cue rather than a mechanical limit.

Currently out of action due to a damaged drive belt. A new belt is on order, and expected soon after the Easter break (i.e. probably not until Wednesday 11th) Received and fitted today.

The drill is now working as well as it always has. --Dclarke 17:08, 19 April 2012 (EST)

Replacement belt type K28 from Solent Tools [1]

After misuse of worn and inappropriate chuck keys, the original chuck became damaged (Jan2013), and it became more and more difficult to tighten securely, causing consequent damage to drill bits. A replacement chuck (physically larger, though with the same drill-size range) has now been fitted. (Apr2013 Dclarke (talk))