Axminster WD16B2 pillar drill assembly

I finally got to assemble my pillar drill last night. It’s been in bits under the bench for ages, glad to get it done at last.


Because it’s such a heavy bugger, especially the drill head, and I was on my own, I had to be a bit inventive trying to get the drill head on.

I first of all tried just straight lifting it ontop of the column, but I’m no muscle man, so no chance.

I then thought about assembling it on it’s side and then standing it up, I had to use my hydraulic car jack, but this only got so far and I had to give up again.


The method that did work was to lay it on it’s back, then I climbed onto the bench and lifted it up.

My advice is to get someone to help, these drills are really heavy!

It’s turned out to be quite big on my workbench, and kind of dominates the shed, so I think I’ll make a lower wooden stand to the side of the bench. Which of course means moving it again….


2 thoughts on “Axminster WD16B2 pillar drill assembly

  1. I’ve just bought the same drill yesterday – after assembly did you have a piece called a “Wedge ” left over – Do you know where it goes and how is it fixed ?

    PS it is heavy – isn’t it !


    • Hi John,

      It’s a ‘drift’ for removing the chuck. The Quill of drill has a slot in it, you insert the drift, give it a knock with a hammer and out comes the chuck. It’s a no2 morse taper.

      It is a heavy beast, but a good drill, plenty of speed settings.

      Cheers, Scott

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