What is a pillar drill and why you might need one for your next DIY project

Close up of man using a pillar drill to drill into wood
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What is a pillar drill? You’ve heard the name but you're not sure what they are and what they do. We are here to help you discover what a pillar drill is, what it’s best used for and, more importantly, help you decide if you need one for your latest project. 

Unlike the best cordless drills a pillar drill is not an everyday DIY drill, it has a more specific purpose. It's not a hand held power tool, it’s a workshop tool that is standalone or bench mounted and is perfect for consistent, accurate drill holes.

Here we delve into what they are, what they do and how much you can expect to pay for one to help you decide if it is the drill for you. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.