Sealey SDM30 Pillar Drill 5-Speed Hobby Model 580mm Height 350W/230V : It worked after a few minor adjustments by myself to

This is a great bit of additional equipment to my expanding jobs of diy, very glad to have purchased this from a very good company, feel it will last well as nicely constructed for it’s price.

Excellent drill press works good doesn’t take up to much space on work bench would highly recomend.

I really love this drill, an excellent investment for my modelling work. It is dead easy to set up, though you’ll find a socket wrench for the base bolts will save you time and arm ache. I really can’t fault the drill’s performance, it seems to be very accurate, and makes no fuss over even the largest holes using a flat wood bit. The belt speed is easy to change, but there isn’t a safety switch in the hood so unplug the drill before changing speed. Also included is the essential drill guard which is very easy to adjust, but don’t drop the tiny screws when fitting – yes i did. I would recommend this drill for any kind of light model engineering or toy making, and can’t see any reason to buy a more expensive make. In fact i’ll certainly buy sealey products from now on if they are as well made as this one. One word of advice, keep the box and packaging in case you have to move house.

An excellent addition to my workshop good value for the money.

I bought this to replace a similar sealey pillar drill that had a working life of over 25 years (the bearings finally wore out). After assembling the new drill, i plugged it in and nothing happened. So, being an engineer, i investigated to see if i could fix the problem myself instead of returning (and i also needed the drill straight away, and couldn’t wait for a replacement). Firstly, the live terminal that had been crimped onto the mains plug cord wasn’t actually making contact, so the current wasn’t going through. A quick restrip of the cable end and recrimping of a new terminal costing a few pence fixed that problem, however, the power still wasn’t getting through. Sealey have added some new safety features since my original one, and one of these features is a cut-off switch in the belt-housing. I needed to make some adjustments to ensure that the microswitch was activated when i closed the lid. I’m assuming that the housing was slightly deformed when shipped. This fixed the problem, and the drill works brilliantly. Very little vibration (especially when compared to the old one), i’ve already put the drill through its paces by using it for milling slots into plastic tube, and nothing negative to report on its operation.

Sealey SDM30 Pillar Drill 5-Speed Hobby Model 580mm Height 350W/230V : Previously owned an sip01422 bench drill and to my dismay after 2 years it proved less than satisfactory. After drilling 20 holes in aluminium or plastic over the 2 years the unit failed to start. I replaced various parts without success and the company i purchased it from, world of power, refuted my claim against the warranty (don’t deal with this company). Since then i purchased the sealey pillar bench drill and what a difference.The sealey is a far superior unit to the sip in so many ways it’s hard to identify them all in this review. Just to say, if you want a bench drill with class, accuracy and stability, look no further. Wish i’d bought this first and not the sip. If you can afford it though, go for the 92b, 125b or even the 155b, these are much superior machines in build quality and machining capability.

Extremely stable and accurate drilling. Very good quality from sealey imho.

Bought mine used no problems don’t know why it had been returned as it is brilliant.

Its cheap – bent/pressed steel for parts, bad tolerances. The motor assembly flexes down when you drill into something hard. It is cheap and i knew what i was buying but it does work ok and have used it quite a few times.

Used it for a few jobs but not really good enough for fine modelling work.

Good robust pillar drill for light diy work. Would have been better with a wind-up table. Motor has been reliable and powerful.

It worked after a few minor adjustments by myself to get the emergency cutout switch in the lid re-positioned, obviously not tested before packing. The chuck mechanism is not too accurate. To get a hole precisely in place, a pilot hole with a much smaller drill really needs to be drilled first. Again, you get what you pay for.

It’s what you would expect for a cheap tool. It has a very rattlely chuck.

Would have been a higher rating if depth guage and drill guard were’nt so flimsy, otherwise pleased.

Spend more money on the next one up.

About what i expected for the price. Bearings are noisy, chuck is not great but it does the job. Easy to assemble, the plastic guard is rubbish though and as the depth gauge ties to it you cannot just drill until the gauge stops you because the plastic flexes a lot, other than that, its ok.

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars It is used by over thirty different workers and needs to give us at least thirty years of good service. Will let you know how we says:
    This machie replaced an old, but very similar machine in our woodwork club. It is used by over thirty different workers and needs to give us at least thirty years of good service. Will let you know how we get on.
    1. This machie replaced an old, but very similar machine in our woodwork club. It is used by over thirty different workers and needs to give us at least thirty years of good service. Will let you know how we get on.

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