I’ve been using the milescraft AccuDrillMate 1318 for a few months now. Let’s dive right in so I can show you why I feel it’s a must have tool in every woodworkers shop.
Like all things made by Milescraft, the AccuDrill is incredibly handy in the shop. One thing I can’t ever do is drill perfectly straight. That’s right, nod your head because you know you’re in the same boat and don’t even try to lie. Well, if I can’t drill straight then you know there’s no way Im drilling at an angle will accuracy. The AccuDrill makes it so easy. The 2 knobs at the top of the unit will loosen allowing you to set the knobs t the bottom in one of the 4 indented angles: 45, 60, 75, and 90. there are small grooves that the knobs will fall into for each of those predetermined angles. Once there you simply tighten the top knobs, clmp it down and you’re ready to drill. It’s as simple as that.
Like a drill press, the AccuDrill even has the ability to set a depth stop. On the rail opposite the spring, you’ll see a knob that you can loosen and slide up and down to set your desired depth. Once again, simply clamp it down and off to drilling you go with perfect consistency each time
For me the Milescraft really shows its’ value in the chuck. As a woodworker my biggest pet peeve is a drill with a plastic chuck. The AccuDrill has a 3/8″ metal chuck. Bravo Milescraft for not falling into the cheap plastic chuck trap. For those who seem to lose their key chucks (yup thats me) there’s a convenient place to store it in one of the rubber grommets.
Even with a drill attached (Shown here with the Ridgid 18V Brushless hammer drill) you can see it has good balance which is aided by the 4 non slip feet on the bottom. Whether you’re right handed or left handed you can drill with your dominant hand while holding the bottom handle with your other for stability. You also have the option of clamping it to your surface to add even more stability.
Now let’s talk price. Let’s face it, price plays a factor for just about every person. At $34.99, it’s an incredible value. You get the functions of a drill minus the size and the price tag. If you’re someone who’s starting out and trying to maximize your tools on your budget then add this to your cart ASAP. If you’re an everyday woodworker i say the same thing. You can’t put a value on a well made tool that’s portable, handy, and convenient. If you could, it would extend far beyond the AccuDrill’s price tag, You may not use this all the time, but those couple times a week I use it Im so glad i have it. You get perfect professional results every time at an affordable price.
Get the the 1318 AccuDrillMate: http://www.milescraft.com/product/accudrillmate/