Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine Review

proxxon-38128-tbmProxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine has a top quality machined work table made of ribbed die-cast aluminium. The worktable sizes 8 21/32″ x 4 23/32″ and an adjustable fence and scale are also provided. A solid chrome steel column measures 11″, being 3/4” thick. The 85W motor runs quietly and is built with a long life in mind. The transmission from motor to drill shaft is via 3 aluminum pulleys with a flat belt providing 3 final drive speeds of 1800 rpm, 4700 rpm and 8500 rpm, which will give three times as much torque at the lowest speed.

Price and main features list

Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine goes for $ 239.00, and features:

  • a 110-120V, 65HZ, 85W motor,
  • 6 steel collets with shaft diameters from 1/32″ up to 1/8″ in 5 steps or sizes,
  • a bright green and yellow paint job,
  • 3 final drive speeds of 1800 rpm, 4700 rpm and 8500 rpm,
  • the ability to work with precision on fine projects,
  • an essentially play free spindle,
  • a chrome feed lever with an adjustable depth measuring scale,
  • An 8 21/32″ x 4 23/32″ worktable with an adjustable fence and scale is also provided.

Who is it for?

Due to the small power of the motor, Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine would suit someone who does very light drilling work. Although small, this unit is very accurate and would indeed suit jobs which require precision rather than outright power.

Pros and cons

Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine is very well built, with a cool if somewhat outrageous colour scheme. The spindle is spot on true, and is great for small drill bits. The chromed feed lever comes with a practical and adjustable drill depth gauge, which can be useful.

The feed lever is chrome and has an adjustable depth measuring scale. The spindle itself is play free, resulting from the 3 high grade ball bearings along its length. The drill spindle has extremely positive rotational accuracy with its 1 3/16″ feed. Quill thickness is 1 1/4″ and comes with a return spring. The actual throat depth is 5 1/2″. The unit allows for quick coarse height alteration of the headstock via the clamp lever. The maximum height is 5 1/2″. The unit also comes with six, three slit MICROMOT steel collets, which are precision made for shaft diameters from 1/32″ up to 1/8″ in 5 steps or sizes.

This is a very small drill press, intended specifically to be so, it will not drill heavy materials, nor is it meant to. With a small 85 watt motor this drill press will be limited to very light jobs, be well aware of this fact if you plan to buy it. The vise to hold the job isn’t included, isn’t as well made as the drill press itself, and costs an extra $20.

The extra keyed chuck was well made and useful, but it too needs to be purchased separately for around $15.

Why should you buy it?

Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine is a reasonable buy if you are looking for a low powered precision instrument which will be far happier drilling with fine drill-bits through lightweight materials.

Verdict

Proxxon 38128 TBM Bench Drill Machine is very well made but is limited by the small power unit. That said, it’s quite obvious that this tool was designed with small, precision work in mind and if they’re the type of jobs you are doing it will suit perfectly.