Drilling straight and accurate holes freehand isn’t easy and if you want real accuracy then people turn to a pillar drill. But not everyone has the room for a floor standing or even a bench mounted model. To overcome this problem the new UJK Technology Drill Guide has been designed to be an accurate, portable pillar drill. Here are eight key features that will help you drill the perfect hole.
What is a drill guide used for?
Firstly, a drill guide provides extra stability and accuracy when you need to drill straight or at an angle. The beauty of the system is you can take your mains or cordless drill and convert it to the near perfect accuracy of a pillar drill. Also, if you need to drill in the middle of large sheet material then a drill guide offers a solution that just isn’t possible with a pillar drill.
What is the best drill guide?
There are many drill guides at different price points, the level of accuracy and how regularly you’re likely to use it will help determine which one you need. If you’re only likely to use one infrequently, the Axminster Drill Guide is a good option that offers greater consistency than drilling by eye, all at an affordable price. However, for some there has been a call for a guide with more features and greater accuracy over the longer term. So what’s different about the new UJK Technology drill guide?
Solidly built with a cast aluminium base, machined side assembly and steel guide-rods.
Accurately tilt to the required angle on both sides of the base + or – 60 degrees and securely lock in place. You can then confidently drill holes at set angles, using the site lines to align the drill.
The 1/4″ hex drive shaft, with a 3-jaw, 10mm geared chuck is compatible with both standard and Festool Centrotec chucks.
The large opening in the base provides clear visibility of the work surface and enables the use of bits up to 60mm in diameter.
Drilling round stock can often be a problem. Vee shape grooves in the base help prevent movement making it ideal for chair legs and pipes.
Rubber pads underneath the base stick to the surface and reduce movement while drilling. The base also has four countersunk holes so it can be fixed in position for even greater stability.
Need to drill a mortice lock? The steel bars can extend through the base to automatically centre the guide on either side of the door.
Adjustable depth stop collar. Three nylon grub screws with locking nuts allow you to make minor adjustments. These will prevent any slight play that may occur between the assembly and guide bars.