Which Drill is right for you?

Do you know what type of drill you need? Sterling Machinery Fabrication and Exchange can help you with the best decision for your production needs. Ask us to explain the differences so we can suggest and direct you to the best drill.

Drills come in different sizes and configurations from small benchtop models to the larger industrial machine drills that we stock on our showroom floor at Sterling Machinery Exchange and Fabrication.

The type of drill you need depends on the application and the materials being drilled. The most popular drills we showcase are floor drills, multi-head drills, geared floor drills and radial drills. 

Floor Drill Press Machine

A floor drill, also known as a drill press, is a stationary power tool used for drilling holes in various materials such as wood, metal, plastic, and more. Floor drills are commonly used in workshops, manufacturing plants, and DIY projects where precision and accuracy are required. They offer greater stability and accuracy than the handheld drills and allow for more consistent and repeatable drilling. Additionally, floor drills can be equipped with various attachments and accessories, such as sanding drums, mortising attachments, and tapping heads, which make them versatile tools for a wide range of applications.

Multi Head Drill/ Multiple Spindles

A multi-head drill, also known as a multi-spindle drill, is a drilling machine that has multiple drill heads mounted on a single base. Multi-head drills are commonly used in manufacturing and production environments where drilling multiple holes quickly and accurately is required. Each drill head is independently adjustable and can be positioned at different angles and distances from each other allowing the machine to drill multiple holes simultaneously both increasing productivity and efficiency. When drilling multiple holes quickly and accurately is necessary, the multi head drill is perfect for the job. Multi head drills are used with a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic, wood, and composites.  Multi-head drills are available in different configurations, including fixed and adjustable spindle distances, and can be operated manually or through computer numerical control (CNC) systems for increased precision and automation.

Radial Drill Machine

A radial drill, also known as a radial arm drill, is another large drilling machine that has a long arm that can be rotated around a vertical column. Radial drills are commonly used in industries such as metalworking, construction, and manufacturing.  Radial drills also come in different sizes and configurations. The radial drill is primarily used for drilling large and heavy workpieces that cannot be moved easily. The arm is typically supported by a column or a pillar, and it can be moved up and down to adjust the drilling height, and drill holes at different angles. They are used to drill holes in various materials, including metal, wood, and plastic. Radial drills can be used for a wide range of applications, including drilling, tapping, reaming, countersinking, and boring.

Geared Head Floor Drills

Geared floor drills are commonly used in industrial settings, such as manufacturing, construction, and metalworking, where precision drilling and heavy-duty operations are required. They are available in a range of sizes and capacities, with varying motor power, drilling speed, and drilling capacity. Some models may also include features such as automatic feeds, coolant systems, and laser guides for increased precision and efficiency. Essentially, the geared floor drills are a reliable and versatile tool for drilling large and complex workpieces, making them a valuable addition to any industrial workshop or fabrication facility.

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    Radial Drills are known for drilling, tapping, counterboring and reaming and countersinking.  What is the Best Radial Drill to Buy?

    A radial drill, also known as a radial arm drill or radial drilling machine, is a type of machine tool used for drilling holes in large or heavy workpieces that are difficult to move.  They are commonly used in manufacturing, fabrication, and maintenance workshops and used to drill holes in various materials such as metal, woods, and plastics. The large vertical column of a radial drill, supports the horizontal arm or radial arm allowing rotation the drill head different directions. The rotation creates the ability to reach different positions on the workpiece without repositioning the entire machine.  The drill head has a motor, spindle and drill chuck used to raise or lower the height of the workpiece. Radial drills have a wide range of speed and feed settings accommodating various drilling requirements The large vertical column, supports the horizontal arm or radial arm allowing rotation the drill head different directions. The rotation creates the ability to reach different positions on the workpiece without repositioning the entire machine.

    1. Drilling is the process of creating a hole in a workpiece using a rotating cutting tool called a drill bit. When using a radial drill, the drill bit is mounted on a spindle that can move in different directions. The radial drill allows for positioning the drill bit at various angles and distances from the workpiece. By rotating the spindle and applying axial pressure, the drill bit removes material, creating a hole.
    2. Tapping is the process of creating internal threads in a pre-drilled hole. It is often used to create threaded holes for screws, bolts, or other fasteners. A tap, is the cutting tool with threads. The tap is inserted into the hole, and as it rotates, it then it cuts and forms the threads in the workpiece.
    3. Counterboring is the process of enlarging the upper portion of a pre-existing hole to create a flat-bottomed cavity called a counterbore. The purpose of counterboring is to provide a seat or recess for a fastener such as a bolt head, allowing it to sit flush with the surface of the workpiece. With a radial drill, a counterboring tool can be mounted on the spindle and positioned over the existing hole. The tool is then rotated and fed into the hole, removing material and creating the counterbore.
    4. Reaming is the process of refining and sizing a previously drilled hole to achieve a higher level of precision, smoothness, and accuracy. A reamer is a cutting tool with multiple flutes. With a radial drill, the reaming tool can be attached to the spindle and positioned in the hole. The reamer is rotated and moved in an axial direction to remove a small amount of material and improve the diameter, roundness, and finish off the hole.
    5. Countersinking is a machining operation used to create a conical recess in a material, typically a metal, to allow the head of a screw, bolt, or rivet to sit flush with or below the surface. It is done to improve the appearance, reduce the risk of snagging or damage, and ensure a secure fit between the fastener and the material.

    Determining the capacity of a radial drill is essential. Consider several key specifications and measurements.

    1. Identify the drill's throat distance: The throat distance refers to the measurement from the center of the column to the center of the spindle. It represents the maximum distance from the column to the drill bit.
    2. Measure the spindle travel or quill travel: The spindle travel is the maximum vertical distance the spindle can move up and down. It determines the drill's drilling depth capacity.
    3. Consider the drill bit size: The drill bit size indicates the maximum diameter of the drill bit that the machine can accommodate.
    4. Evaluate the power and speed capabilities: The power rating of the drill motor and the available speed settings also contribute to the drill's capacity. Higher power and variable speed options enable drilling through tougher materials and larger diameters.
    5. Consult the experts at Sterling Machinery Exchange and Fabrication. They understand the manufacturer's specifications as they sell both new and used radial drills.  Sterling Machinery Exchange will assist you to purchase the right radial drill for your purposes.  Knowing the maximum capacities, such as throat distance, spindle travel, and drill bit size is the knowledge we have done for you to make a decision right for your manufacturing purposes.

    Are you looking to Purchase a Radial Drill?

    1. Determine the maximum dimensions and weight of the workpieces you will be drilling. Radial drills come in various sizes and capacities, so choose a machine that can accommodate your workpiece requirements.
    2. Consider the maximum hole diameter and depth you need to achieve in your drilling operations. Ensure that the radial drill you select has the appropriate spindle capacity and quill stroke to meet your drilling requirements.
    3. Evaluate the power and speed capabilities of the radial drill. Higher horsepower and a wider range of spindle speeds will provide more flexibility to handle different materials and drilling tasks.
    4. The length of the radial arm determines the reach or distance from the column to the drill bit. Choose a machine with an arm length that allows you to position the drill head at the desired locations on your workpieces.
    5. Consider the overall build quality and construction of the radial drill. Look for a machine that is robust, rigid, and provides stability during drilling operations to ensure accurate and precise results.
    6. Check the ease of operation and adjustment features of the machine. Look for intuitive controls, smooth arm rotation, and convenient adjustments for the drill head height and position.
    7. Determine if there are any specific features or accessories that are important for your drilling applications. For example, coolant systems, tapping attachments, or digital readouts may be beneficial depending on your needs.
    8. Consider your budget and the available space in your workshop. Ensure that the chosen radial drill fits within your budget and can be accommodated in your workspace.

    Popular brands of Radial Drills:

    1. Clausing Industrial manufactures radial drills. Their models are designed for various drilling applications.
    2. Wilton offers reliable and durable radial drills suitable for professional use.
    3. Jet Tools is a trusted brand that produces radial drill presses known for their precision and durability.
    4. Cincinnati Machine Tools offers a variety of radial drill models known for their reliability and performance.
    5. Walker Turner is not as well-known as some other brands, but Walker Turner has a reputation for producing solid radial drills.
    6. G&L (Giddings & Lewis) is a respected manufacturer radial drill presses. They are known for their robust construction and high precision.
    7. Powermatic is primarily recognized for its woodworking machinery, but they also produce radial drill presses. Top of Form
    8. Knuth is a well-known German brand that manufactures a diverse range of machinery, including radial drills.
    9. Acra Offers a variety of models with different specifications to meet various drilling requirements.
    10. Kao Ming is a Taiwanese brand that specializes in the production of radial drills. They have a range of models designed for precision drilling operations.
    11. Baileigh Industrial produces radial drills suitable for both industrial and workshop applications.

    Sterling Machinery Exchange has completed the research about radial drills and has knowledge of the different manufacturers, as well as their reputations in producing quality radial drills. Ask the experts at Sterling Machinery Exchange and Fabrication to help you make an informed decision.  They will assist you to choose a radial drill that best suits your drilling requirements, budget, and workspace constraints.  If you want to sell your USED Radial Drill, Sterling Machinery buys and Sells Used Machinery.  We offer financing, Liquidations, Auctions and Appraisals.  We pay top dollar for Used Machines.

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