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4 Best Magnetic Drills 2019: Our Pick Of The Very Best 40 mm (Ø 2-1/16″) Diameter Capacity Magnetic Drilling Machine in 2019


MagneticDrill.org roundup of the very best 40 mm (Ø 2-1/16″) diameter capacity Magnetic Drill you can buy. 4 Best Magnetic Drills 2019.

Welcome to MagneticDrill.org‘s roundup of the very best Magnetic Drills or Mag Drills you can buy. We have only included the 4 Best Magnetic Drills 2019 in this list, so you can be sure you’re always getting the very latest cutting edge technology of magnetic drilling machines.

The MagneticDrill.org team has tested every mag drill under the sun, and this page is designed to provide you with all the key info you need so you can choose the best magnetic drilling machine for your job. And we’ve listed in order of preference too, so there’s no confusion. The first is the best.

As the range of magnetic drilling machines depends on the capacity of the drilling diameter, in this review, we are only considering the magnetic drills of 40 mm diameter (Ø 2-1/16″) drilling capacity. This review will include only the mag drills of brands who are original manufacturers.

Take a look and we guarantee you’ll find the best mag drill for you, beginning with the very magnetic drill or mag drill currently available in the USA and around the world…

1. MAB 455 from BDS Maschinen GmbH (Germany)

Simply the best mag drill you can buy today. Made in Germany.

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Weight: 13 Kg | Drilling Capacity: 40 mm diameter X 55 mm depth | Motor output: 1150 Watt | Morse Taper: MT 2 | Speed Gears: 2 | Stroke: 160 mm | Country of Origin: Germany

 The MAB 455 premium, heavy duty magnetic drill from the German manufacturer BDS Maschinen GmbH (aka BDS Machines). The MAB 455 is one of their first machine developed by BDS Machines since it was founded 28 years back.
At the origin, this model was called MAB 400 and with time the manufacturer developed the machine and launched a new generation every 4-5 years of time just like the giant German car manufacturers do with their popular car models.

The MAB 455 from BDS Machines is equipped with a powerful German-made motor which delivers a great power to drill 40 mm diameter (Ø 2-1/16″) in 55 mm thick plate.

What makes this magnetic drilling machine the best choice is its gearbox. The gearbox of the MAB 455 Magnetic drill machine makes it get the first place in this list. The gearbox of MAB 455 mag drill is an oil-bath gearbox, that means the gears inside the gearbox are lubricated by oil instead of grease, (grease is used in other brands of magnetic drills).

This oil bath gearbox makes the machine heavy duty, robust and increases the life of the machine.

The MAB 455 mag drill comes with a Keyless drill chuck arbor which makes it very easy and secure to change the annular cutters without the need of tightening and loosening of the screws.

Before you buy any magnetic drill machine do have a demonstration of this machine once, and we are sure that you will really be impressed by this German engineering. It is also notable that BDS Machines is a company with worlds’ widest range of magnetic drilling machine comprising of more than 30 standard mag drill models.

The manufacturing facility of BDS Machines is located at Mönchengladbach, Germany. In the USA the BDS Maschinen mag drills are distributed by a company called CS Unitec.

+PLUS POINTS 
  1. Lightweight 13 Kg.
  2. Oil-bath gearbox
  3. Morse taper 2
  4. Keyless drill chuck
  5. Magnet adhesion indicator
  6. Overheat protection
 -NEGATIVE POINTS
  1. The coolant tank capacity is less and needs to be filled frequently.
  2. No free annular cutters provided with the machine.

2. HMD905 from Hougen (U.S.A.)

Made in U.S.A. the HMD905 from Hougen is a very popular mag drill in North America.

 Hougen takes the second position in our list of 4 Best Magnetic Drills.

Weight: 15.9 Kg | Drilling Capacity: 41 mm diameter X 50 mm depth | Motor output: 1150 Watt | Morse Taper: No morse taper | Speed Gears: 2 | Stroke: 160 mm | Country of Origin: Germany

Hougen Manufacturing is a family-owned business with the manufacturing facility located in Swartz Creek Michigan. The HMD905 is equipped with a powerful motor and an attached cooling tank.
In time Hougen has many magnetic drills in their product range but design & development wise are not as ahead as the German manufacturers like Fein Power Tools or BDS Machines. Hougen takes the second position in our list of 4 Best Magnetic Drills.
Moreover, Hougen and BDS Machines are one of the few companies in the world’s who dedicate their full attention on Magnetic Drills and specializes in it. On the other hand, the other brands of magnetic drills also have many other power tools moving away from specializing in one product category.
The reason why HMD905 is second best magnetic drill because of its reputation of being a robust popular machine, reliable motor, the feed handles quickly change from side to side and the very innovative pilot light which helps the operator to locate the position where the hole is to be made in dark situations or in confined situations.
The HMD905 is easy to operate and simple to install. The reason HMD905 takes the second position rather than the first is because of reasons like it lacks Morse Taper, it has no Keyless drill chuck, the weight is more than the rival, lack of basic indicators & sensors like magnet indicator and lack of a heavy duty oil bath gearbox.
+PLUS POINTS 
  1. Pilot light.
  2. Many accessories included with the machine
  3. Side changeable feed handle
  4. Lift detector safety system
  5. Hex Wrench Holder
-NEGATIVE POINTS
  1. Rear mounted controls or switches, which we find a little difficult to operate because while drilling we stand behind the machine and look at the holes being made from the side, , thus having controls on the side is ergonomically more ideal than having them in the rear so the operator can simultaneously see the hole being made and operate the switches.
  2. No Morse Taper on the machine is a deal breaker.
  3. The coolant tank capacity is less and needs to be filled frequently.

3. JHM ShortSlugger from FEIN (U.S.A. / Germany)

A compact magnetic drilling machine originally from company Jancy USA, now overtaken by FEIN Germany.

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Weight: 10 Kg | Drilling capacity: 40 mm diameter X 50 mm depth | Motor output: 750 Watt | Morse Taper: No morse taper | Speed Gears: 1 | Stroke: 65 mm | Country of Origin: U.S.A.

The JBM ShortSlugger from FEIN does not exactly fit in this category of comparison but we have included it under 40 mm diameter capacity drilling machine, while the next model with FEIN U.S.A. is 50 mm diameter machine which would also not fit in this list.
The JBM ShortSlugger is primarily sold in the USA while in Europe FEIN distributes another 38 mm model called KBB 38.  Fein takes the third position in our list of 4 Best Magnetic Drills.
The Jansy magnetic drills were one of the many popular magnetic drilling machines in the USA. Some years back the giant power tools manufacturer from Germany, FEIN, bought JAncy and introduced Jansy line of machines under FEIN branding.
The JBM ShortSlugger is a compact lightweight magnetic drilling machine which has a great proven motor and a robust body. One of the best advantages of FEIN machines is their thinner magnet size in the industry.
JBM ShortSlugger takes the third place in our list due to the advantages of its weight, quality, robustness and ease to handle. Compared to the first two machines in this list the JBM is not a great heavy duty machine due to its low watt motor compared to the other two.
In Germany or Europe FEIN and BDS Machines have a neck to neck competition, both being a reputed brand and delivers excellent quality. The advantage mostly goes to BDS Machines because of its pricing. FEIN mag drill is infamously expensive, but they too have an excellent quality.
+PLUS POINTS 
  1. Lightweight
  2. Compact
  3. Reliable motor
  4. Thin magnet size
-NEGATIVE POINTS
  1. Can not use twist drills due to less stroke
  2. No Morse Taper
  3. Comparatively less wattage
  4. No keyless drill chuck system

4. WA – 3500 from Nitto Kohki (Japan)

One of the most popular magnetic drilling machine in South Asia.

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Weight: 20 Kg | Drilling Capacity: 35 mm diameter X 50 mm depth | Motor output: 1100 Watt | Morse Taper: No morse taper | Speed Gears: 1 | Stroke: 86 mm | Country of Origin: Japan

Just like Fein, Nitto Kohki does not have 40 mm diameter machine, so we choose to include their 35 mm diameter drilling machine. The  WA – 3500 magnetic drill is a robust Japnese made machine with all required features.  Nitto takes the fourth position in our list of 4 Best Magnetic Drills.
WA 3500 has a Built-in motion sensor so if any lateral movement or excess vibration is detected, both the drill and the feed motor stop instantly. Nitto Kohki is the first company to incorporate this feature into magnetic base drills.
The WA 3500 has One-touch cutter replacement system which is quick and easy with our unique push fit self-centering cutter system. Just like the Keyless drill chuck in the BDS Machine, but with Nitto machines, one can only use Nitto manufactured annular cutters, while like BDS, Hougen and FEIN one can use Weldon shank cutters which are more easily available and well prices.
Use of only one touch shank cutters on the Nitto machine make it dependable. Its like when you buy a printer which is very cheap in price but later you must buy the expensive cartridges only from the same printer manufacturer. One of the other negative reason the WA 3500 is 20 Kg. weight.
The WA 3500 is a very robust machine, the users of this machines face very less after sales service issues, the motor is powerful and the build is robust. The Nitto machines aesthetically do not look as dynamic as the other 3 brands.
+PLUS POINTS 
  1. Robust motor
  2. Small feed handle
  3. Extra handle in the front of motor (not required, but some operators are habituated to it)
-NEGATIVE POINTS
  1. Can not use annular cutters manufactured by other brands
  2. No Morse Taper
  3. Comparatively less wattage
  4. Heavy machine, weighing 20 Kg.
  5. Less stroke

CONCLUSION: Which magnetic drilling machine is the best fit for you from the 4 Best Magnetic Drills?

If you need a robust magnetic base drilling machine, very basic and can live up with 20 Kg. weight then – WA 3500 from Nitto Kohki is for you.

If you need a compact and lightweight magnetic base drilling machine for drilling smaller diameter and thinner plates then – JBM ShortSlugger from FEIN is for you.

If you need a heavy duty magnetic base drilling machine and could forgo all other features then – HMD 905 from Hougen is for you.

If you need a heavy duty magnetic base drilling machine, with all premium features, sensors, indicators, less weight and German engineering impress you then – MAB 455 from BDS Maschinen is for you.


All the images of the magnetic drills are used from the official website of the respective manufacturers.




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Pipe Drilling With Magnetic Drill

Drilling on tubes and pipes is always a big task, but now with the modern magnetic drilling machines and the tube clamps, drilling on tubes and pipe is easy and fast.

The following article shows the method of drilling holes on pipes or drilling holes on tubes (pipe drilling).

Drilling pipes require 3 main tools, a tube clamp, a magnetic drilling machine and an annular cutter.

The tube clamping device is a metallic device which is clamped on the tube with an adjustable chain. After clamping the tube clamp the magnetic drilling machine is placed on the device, which gets fixed to the tube clamp by switching ON its magnet.

With the help of magnetic drilling machines’ proper RPM, the annular cutter makes a perfect hole in the tube.

Generally, a HSS annular cutter is used to make holes in tubes and pipes, as the TCT annular cutters have more chances of cutting teeth breakage due to curved surfaces of tubes and pipes.

We do not recommend to use TCT annular cutters for tube/pipe drilling.

As annular cutters are hollow there is no dead zone resistance. The cutting takes place only on the periphery of the hole to be made. Annular cutters distribute the load equally on the periphery of the hole with its multiple cutting edges, thus the required thrust and energy are also much less comparatively.

Detail Metall_002Step 1: As per the diameter of the pipe select the correct size of the pipe clamp.

 

 

 

Step 2: As per the diameter of the hole select the correct capacity magnetic base drilling machine.

Step 3: Select the correct annular cutter as per the type of pipe or tube material.

Step 4: Clamp the tube clamp device on the tube.drilling on pipes

Step 5: Put the magnetic drilling machine on the tube clamp.tube drilling

Step 6: Insert the annular cutter in the arbor.annular cutter for pipe drilling

Step 7: Switch ON the magnet of the machine and start the motor to drill.

Step 8: Start to drill with min feed, do not crash the cutter on the material while starting to drill.pipe drill

Step 9: Drill with steady feed and with a good amount of drilling lubricant.mag dril for pipes

Result!hole on pipe

In just above 9 steps you can make quick holes in pipes and tubes with more accuracy, precision, roundness and finish as compared to drilling with twist drill bits.

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Best Magnetic Drill Under $ 700.00 To Buy On Amazon.com (USA & Canada)

There are many small fabricators and hobbyist who wish to buy an economical or a cheap magnetic drill. But, what is cheap? cheap in price or cheap in quality?

With this article, we at the MagneticDrill.org have listed the best cheap in price ”reasonable cost” magnetic drilling machines which are available on Amazon.com in the USA. The price range of these magnetic drills starts from 349 USD up to 700 USD.

Best Magnetic Drill Under $ 700.00, let’s start with the cheapest model first.

1. MD40 Magnetic Drill: Distributed by Steel Dragon Tools manufactured by some unknown Chinese manufacturer.

Price: $ 349.99 & FREE Shipping.

 

magnetic drill on amazonThe description MD 40 Magnetic Drill on Amazon.com:

  • Suitable for drilling on any metal surface.
  • Rack and pinion gear system for exact drilling depth.
  • Motor: High-Speed Series, Induction, 1,100 W, 110 V, 60 Hz, 15 A
  • Max Magnetic Force: 2,700 lbs. (12,000 N). Thinner metal will result in less force.
  • Maximum Boring Diameter: 1-1/2 in. (40 mm). Maximum Boring Depth: 7-1/2 in

 

MagneticDrill.org Comments:

The MD 40 magnetic drill is the cheapest magnetic drill sold on Amazon.com. The machine is manufactured in China and is distributed in USA by and on the brand name of Dragon Steel Tools. The primary business of Dragon Steel Tools is to buy used machinery online and then re-sell them (as per the information on their website)

The MD40 magnetic drill looks good but the uncertainty is only that there is no big brand attached to it. The distributing company has no details about the service stations in USA for any after sales service support.

What do you get in 349.99 USD?

Just the magnetic drill. No extra accessories or drill chucks provided.

Pros:

  1. Price
  2. Low weight

Cons:

  1. Low RPM
  2. No extra accessories and drill chuck with the machine
  3. Less motor wattage
  4. Small gear box
  5. Aesthetics and design
  6. Not as robust as the competition
  7. Not as heavy duty as the competition
  8. No original manufacturer details available

Verdict:

Cheap in Price or Cheap in Quality. 


2. BRM 35A Magnetic Drill Press: Distributed by BLUEROCK Tools manufactured by some unknown Chinese manufacturer.

Price: $ 384.00 & FREE Shipping.

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The description MD 40 Magnetic Drill on Amazon.com:

  • Drilling Capacity: 7/16″-1 1/2″ – 2″ depth
  • Comes with Free Chuck, Adapter, Oil Bottle, Safety Chain and Case
  • 110V, 60Hz, 570 RPM
  • Uses Standard 3/4″ Weldon Shank
  • BLUEROCK Tools Brand

 

 

MagneticDrill.org Comments:

The MD 40 magnetic drill is the cheapest magnetic drill sold on Amazon.com. The machine is manufactured in China and is distributed in USA by and on the brand name of Dragon Steel Tools. The primary business of Dragon Steel Tools is to buy used machinery online and then re-sell them (as per the information on their website)

The MD40 magnetic drill looks good but the uncertainty is only that there is no big brand attached to it. The distributing company has no details about the service stations in USA for any after sales service support.

What do you get in 384.00 USD?

Extra accessories like Chuck, Adapter & Safety chain.

Pros:

  1. Price
  2. Drill chuck and adapter provided

Cons:

  1. Low RPM
  2. Less motor wattage
  3. Small gear box
  4. Aesthetics and design
  5. Not as robust as the competition
  6. Not as heavy duty as the competition
  7. No original equipment manufacturer details available

Verdict:

Cheap in Price or Cheap in Quality. 


 3. MABasic 200 Magnetic Base Drilling Machine: Distributed By CS Unitec in USA. Made in Germany by BDS Machines.

Price: $ 695.00 & FREE Shipping.

cheap in price magnetic drillThe description MABasic 200 Magnetic Drill on Amazon.com:

  • Equipped with Electronic Safety Shutoff Sensor* (only for models sold in USA & Canada)
  • Suitable for drilling on any metal surface.
  • Compact, Lightweight & Portable
  • This drill cut holes up to 1-3/8″ diameter with annular cutters.
  • Twist drilling up to 1/2″ diameter.; 3-1/3″ stroke with included chuck.
  • Internal lubrication system.
  • Strong 8.2 Amp German make motor.
  • 1 Year International Warranty and 2 Years Warranty in Germany.

 

MagneticDrill.org Comments:

The MABasic 200 portable magnetic drill from original equipment manufacturer BDS Maschinen GmbH is one the most affordable magnetic drill available. Compared to the above 2 machines the MABasic 200 mag drill costs more but, its value for money. We would say instead of wasting $ 400 for bad quality mag drill its better to spend $ 300 extra and have a better quality, longer service life, heavy duty mag drill.

The MABasic 200 is now in the market since more than 4 years and already become the most selling magnetic drill from BDS Maschinen worldwide. From the information from the manufacturer, only less than 9-10% machines sold in last 4 years have changed their armature or field coil due to operator failure, manufacturing defect, overload, or any other reasons.

The quality of the MABasic 200 magnetic base drilling machine is so good and proven that the manufacturer provided 2 years warranty on the complete machine in Germany.

If you would really like to buy a serious product which really works as it describes then MABasic 200 mag drill is the best suite for you.

What do you get in 695.00 USD?

Magnetic Drill,  lubrication bottle, 3/4″ weldon shank, 1/2″ geared chuck, safety strap, carabin hook, allen keys, pilot pin and a carrying case.

Pros:

  1. Price
  2. Low weight
  3. Equipped with Electronic Safety Shutoff Sensor* (only for models sold in USA & Canada)
  4.  Included 1/2″ geared chuck
  5. Made in Germany
  6. Robust motor with bigger gearbox

Cons:

  1. Small capacity of coolant bottle

Verdict:

Cheap in Price or Cheap in Quality.

 


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What does Wikipedia say about Magnetic Drills?


Magnetic Drilling Machine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Magnetic Core Drilling Machine
Image source @ Wikipedia. A lightweight magnetic drilling machine. The image shows the magnetic drilling machine making holes on H-beam with the help of HSS annular cutter at a workshop

A Magnetic Drilling Machine is a machine tool used for drilling holes in a variety of metals. A magnetic drilling machine is a portable drilling machine with an electro-magnetic base or a permanent magnet base. The magnetic drilling machine drills hole with the help of cutting tools like annular cutters (broach cutters) or with twist drill bits. There are various types of magnetic drilling machines depending on their operations and specializations like magnetic drilling cum tapping machines, cordless magnetic drilling machines, pneumatic magnetic drilling machines, compact horizontal magnetic drilling machines, automatic feed magnetic drilling machines, cross table base magnetic drilling machines etc.

A Magnetic Drilling Machine is also popularly known as a magnetic core drilling machine, magnetic base drilling machine, mag base drilling machine, mag base, magnetic broach cutter machine, magnetic drill or mag drill.

A portable magnetic drilling machine is the best solution for drilling large and heavy workpieces which are difficult to move or bring to the stationary conventional drilling machine for making holes, whereas the magnetic drilling machines are so portable and lightweight that the machines can be taken to the workpiece to be drilled. The magnetic drilling machines have popularly changed the method of bringing workpiece to the drilling machine by bringing the machine to the workpiece.

A portable magnetic drilling machine is available in various sizes, shapes, designs, electronics and equipment depending upon the purpose of the machine. It combines the versatility of a drill press with a strong electromagnetic base enabling it to adhere to a carbon steel (ferrous metal) surface. It can be positioned to drill horizontally, vertically or even upside down.

Click on the link to read the complete Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_Drilling_Machine