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Below are the top 7 things you need to know before buying a radial drill machine.
There are two types of radial drilling machine you should consider,
Mini Radial Drilling Machine: If you are a woodworker, hobbyist, or a small machine shop owner where you need to make holes up to 30mm then this type of drill machine could work best for you.
Heavy Duty Radial Drilling Machine: This type of drill machine will be the best choice if you are working with thick metal or large pieces of wood, and you require to drill holes of 30 to 100 mm diameter.
Number of Speed
Always choose a radial drill press that has a variable speed option. Because different types of material require different speeds to drill a hole through it.
Generally, faster speed is good for soft material like wood, while a slower speed is preferable for hard material such as steel.
Here is a cutting speeds & RPM calculations chart for drill machines: wisc-online.com
Gear Head Vs Belt Driven Drill Machine
Geared head drill presses are far better than belt-driven drill presses when it comes to quickly changing spindle speeds. Trust me, it will save you a lot of time.
Besides that, the gear head has less maintenance than the belt-driven. Although when the maintenance comes, it is much more expensive than the belt-driven, still the gear head has a higher ROI.
If you are buying a radial drilling machine for mass production, then you should consider the auto-feed feature.
It will reduce the machining cycle time and your operator won’t get tired out by constantly feeding the tool into the job.
If you want to drill holes in metal, you may need more powerful motors. Usually, the higher the horsepower, the better.
For average work, a 1/4 or 3/4 horsepower motor meets most needs.
Below are estimated calculations on horsepower needed for different drilling capacities.
Drilling Capacity in steel
Warranty and Service
Nowadays, almost all radial drill machine manufacturers give you a 1-year warranty with the machine. But I'll recommend you to check all their terms and conditions for warranty.
Check for information such as will they provide a replacement for the broken components, if yes then how many days it will take to reach the components at your machine shop, and who will pay the shipping charge for it.
Lastly, you want to choose a company that has a dealership center in your city, so whenever you need components you will get them immediately. Sometimes not getting components on time will cost you much higher than a few thousand rupees.
Price of the Radial Drill
Get a price quote from at least three manufacturers. And compare it carefully. Create a budget and spend the money according to your company's needs and requirements.
Spend no more either less money. Sometimes people buy a cheap machine to save few bucks, which later cost them higher than that few thousand rupees
Okay, so that's it for the radial drilling machine buying guide. I hope you enjoyed the post. Maybe it will help you select your good radial drill press.