Record Power DP16B Bench Drill : Everything is great quality, however the safety gaurd is horrendously poor

Everything is great quality, however the safety gaurd is horrendously poor quality and is almost useless.

Bought this for my son-in-law and he is chuffed with it as he suffers from ill-health but this allows him to sit and tinker with things.

Rock solid drill press, was a little worried it might be to small for the shop but it’s just right. Solid constructed from cast metal, unlike the pressed sheet aluminium shit for less£. Plenty of power, handles oak no problem even with 60mm hole saw (take the time to understand the belt/pully drive system). No later at movement in the chuck/spindle, as others has stated the chuck guard is plastic trash and was in the trash bin like every other legally required regulation guard supplied with all powered shop tools. Safety glasses will suffice.

  • Good drill for the price
  • DP16B Bench pillar drill.
  • For the price it suits me.

Record Power DP16B Bench Drill with 13″ Column and 1/2″ Chuck

  • DP16B Bench Drill with Cast Iron Handwheel

This is a great little drill for the shed or casual dit’er. Belt change is simple, setting the chuck is easy if not a little daunting as the instructions say ap firmly with a mallet. As long as the instructions are followed then setting up is ok. That said, why has it not got 5*. Well, the design of the guard collar that also has the depth gauge is a bit poor. So much so that mine broke with very little effort, so little in fact that i’m not even sure it was me that did it. New part was quickly dispatched and is working fine now. It’s not a professional drill but then neither is the price.

It’s a good quality solid machine. It’s not the most powerful though but for little over £100 it great (1/4hp). It’s very quiet – just a whir and changing speeds is easy enough. At 18 kilos it’s possible to move it around my small workshop but it’s quite awkward to hold onto, some gloves help. The cast iron wheel certainly gets cold in the winter so you’ll want some gloves then too.

Wether this pillar drill is any better than ones on the web for half the price i do not know, but i did not want to find out, so i went for record power because they are a well known uk company. Assembly was quick and easy, the pillar drill is stable enough to use without fixing to the bench when drilling relatively small pieces with no vibration that i could see or feel. This i like because i like to push it to the back of the bench when not in use, as it will not be used that often. Forcing the press down too hard will stall the motor, but it is a 1/4 hp diy entry level hobby drill. I have no doubt the drill may struggle using fairly wide flat or hole saw type bits, but i did not buy it to drill wood. I could have done with a little more hp but to me it was not worth the money. I drilled 10mm holes in 10mm thick stainless steel bar with relative ease using a pilot drill first, i sharpen my metal bits after each use, if i wanted to rip through it i would have forked out for more hp. A 4″ vice is too large to bolt parallel to the table, i knew this but wanted a 4″ vice. For use once day week or fortnight it fine, if used daily for extended periods, go for more 1/2 hp at least.

Good bench drill, well built apart from flimsy guard that also incorporates the depth gauge. If this is not adjusted correctly it can easily break the guard.

Bought as a present for my son not sure if he has used it just yet but he was delighted to receive it.

Fantastic drill just not big enough for our needs so we rang the seller and swapped it for the next model up that is amazing.

The drill functions as expected. It did, however, arrive with the collar that holds the chuck guard cracked. A replacement part was provided by the supplier. The collar and chuck guard have a cheap plastic feel and give the impression of being a late add-on. Disappointing as record used to mean very solid quality products.

The machine was very easy to assemble and use. The only problem i have is the chuck guard is very loose and there is no way the the depth stop could be used at all. This is a letdown for an otherwise good machine.

One thought on “Record Power DP16B Bench Drill : Everything is great quality, however the safety gaurd is horrendously poor

  1. Hopeless, no power even on the lowest gearing won’t even drill a 12 mm drill through a piece of wood 40mm thick. Not even a 3 mm mild steel bar,, not happy.
  2. This review is from : Record Power DP16B Bench Drill with 13″ Column and 1/2″ Chuck

    Hopeless, no power even on the lowest gearing won’t even drill a 12 mm drill through a piece of wood 40mm thick. Not even a 3 mm mild steel bar,, not happy.
  3. This review is from : Record Power DP16B Bench Drill with 13″ Column and 1/2″ Chuck

    Drill looked good and sturdy for home hobby use, unfortunately it was faulty (intermittent start fault – looked like a motor phase problem) (don’t you just hate it when that happens with brand new kit) anyway seller quick to pick up faulty unit but not so fast to send replacement. So here i sit broken hearted – bought a drill that failed to start-ed. I’ll update this feedback if the seller decides to let me know what’s happening about a replacement.
  4. This review is from : Record Power DP16B Bench Drill with 13″ Column and 1/2″ Chuck

    Drill looked good and sturdy for home hobby use, unfortunately it was faulty (intermittent start fault – looked like a motor phase problem) (don’t you just hate it when that happens with brand new kit) anyway seller quick to pick up faulty unit but not so fast to send replacement. So here i sit broken hearted – bought a drill that failed to start-ed. I’ll update this feedback if the seller decides to let me know what’s happening about a replacement.

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