Pillar Drill - Titan SF16N-9


  • This machine must not be operated without induction.
  • This machine must not be used without the presence of another member in the workshop.
  • PPE must be worn at all times during the operation of this machine.


This pillar drill is a Titan 9 Speed Bench Pillar Drill (SF16N-9) it has been loaned to us by Dermot, this machine is considered a power tool and is dangerous if it is used incorrectly.


  • Manufacturer: Titan Power Tools UK Model Number: SF16N-9 Spindle
  • Travel: 50mm
  • Spindle Speed: 280RPM to 2350RPM
  • Chuck: 1.5mm-16mm diameter (keyed)
  • Table Size: 170mm x 170mm Fuse: 5A
  • Stop Time: 1 second
  • Safety Features:
  • No Volt Release (NVR)
  • Safety interlock - (gearbox door)
  • Chuck guard
  • Motor
  • Power: 500W
  • Voltage: 230V
  • Current: 1.2A
  • Speed: 2350RPM

Short travel: two notes

There is a silly gotcha with this pillar drill: the travel is very short, and it’s easy to have hit the end of the travel before you realise. This sounds stupidly obvious, but remember this when you think “the drill bit must be blunt” / “the underneath of this material is hardened” / or any other random thought when it’s not drilling down any more.

If you need to change drill bits while drilling out the same hole, you’ll find the different lengths of drill bits are problematic and it seems you’ll need to move the bed up and down. You can often get away with keeping the bed where it is (and so aligned on your hole) but opening the chuck right out and getting the bit out at an angle.

Condition Notes

Needs lubrication (oil added, needs some grease).

Risk Assessment

Pillar Drill Risk Assessment

Description of task

Precision removal of material from a work piece by the use of a rotating drill bit to make holes or pockets in wood, plastic and metal.

Identification of hazards and risks

  1. Entanglement – Hair, clothing and jewellery can become caught in the machine as it rotates causing serious injury.
  2. Impact – An improperly clamped work piece or the chuck key can be ejected from the machine as speed and impact the operator or a near by person.
  3. Noise – Certain materials cause high noise levels that could damage hearing.
  4. Dust – Most materials create fine particles or fumes that can be damaging to your health if inhaled.
  5. Burns – The drill bit and work piece can become very hot during some drilling operations.
  6. Fire – The work piece could ignite if it becomes sufficiently hot enough during drilling.
  7. Eyes and minor cuts – Small chips or swarf can be ejected from the machine during drilling operations which could get into the operators eyes or cause small cuts or splinters if touched.

Control Measures

  1. The operator should remove all jewellery before using this tool, especially around their neck, wrists and fingers. All loose items of clothing should be removed. Sleeves rolled up securely. Long hair fastened back.
  2. Always ensure the chuck key is removed before starting the machine and that the work piece is clamped sufficiently and securely.
  3. When working with some materials such as metal a loud noise can be generated, stop the operation and put on ear defenders before continuing.
  4. When using the machine with materials such as wood it is recommended that an FFP3 dust mask is worn by anyone in the area.
  5. After long periods of drilling the drill should be left to cool for a few minutes.
  6. During some drilling operations smoke may be generated from the heat of the operation, in this situation you will need to slow down, consider using water or another coolant, and ensure appropriate extraction is used to avoid inhaling the fumes.
  7. When drilling you should always ware goggles to protect your eyes, and when working with metal you should brush away the swarf using a small brush, and be aware of sharp burrs.

Operating Instructions

Before Use

  • Choose the correct bit for the material, eg. metal/wood/plastic
  • Clamp or otherwise fix work piece securely to the bed
  • Remove chuck key after fitting bit
  • Ensure guard screen is lowered
  • Check that the area around the saw is free of obstructions and trip hazards
  • Remove all loose jewellery and clothing and tie back hair
  • Wear appropriate PPE equipment
  • Do not wear gloves; they can get entangled in the bit

During Use

  • Apply a light and even pressure to the cut. Let the bit do the work.
  • Maintain a clear working area around the tool.

After Use

  • Ensure the machine has been switched off and unplugged.
  • Clean any waste material up.
  • Return any drill bits to their original location.



Before performing maintenance on this device ensure it physically isolated from it’s power supply.

  • Check for signs of cable damage.
  • Check for signs of damage to plug.
  • Check the NVR is operating correctly.
  • Check the E-Stop is operating correctly.
  • Check the machine is bolted down securely to the workbench.
  • Check the spindle starts quickly.
  • Check the chuck:
  • Ensure the chuck opens and closes all the way.
  • Ensure the chuck grips a bit tightly.
  • Ensure the chuck rotation is straight.
  • Ensure the key is secured with a chain.
  • Ensure the guard is not damaged.
  • Check the bits:
  • Ensure the bits are not bent.
  • Ensure the bits are not broken or cracked
  • Ensure the bits are suitable (not masonry/router bits for example)
  • Check bed does not slip when locked.
  • Ensure safety notices are present and legible:
  • PPE notices (Eye protection, dust mask, ear protection).
  • Risk assessment (Is it up-to-date?)
  • Induction requirement
  • Usage instructions
  • Maintenance sheet
  • Recommendations
  • Fit E-Stop.
  • Bolt down to worktop
  • Lubricate the tensioning idler wheel
  • Level table
  • New drill bits and block for storage


To use this machine you should undertake a short induction with one of the following members:

  • Tom Lynch
  • Dermot Jones
  • Matt Press

These members may choose to charge a small fee for their time and materials of up to £5 per person, and the induction will only cover the operation of the machine.

What the induction will cover:

  • Introduction to who you are your interests/expertise.
  • Explain the purpose of the machine and how it differs from other drill types.
  • Highlight the possible ways an accident could happen and what to do:
  • Demonstrate how to change the speed of the bit.
  • Demonstrate how to adjust the table height and position.
  • Demonstrate how to load a bit and safely stow the chuck key.
  • Demonstrate how to set the depth stop.
  • Test the inductee by asking the user to load a bit, adjust the table and set the depth stop, and explain how you would change the speed of the bit, then collect a signed copy of the induction agreement and keep it on file.