Precision Drilling

1318 - DrillMate

A Portable Drill Guide for Use Almost Anywhere

$37.99

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With the Milescraft DrillMate portable drill stand, you can drill straight holes, angled holes, on the edge of a board, or even round stock. Everyone knows that the success of many DIY projects depends on drilling straight and accurate holes. Now you can add a whole new level of accuracy with this drill guide jig when drilling holes with your standard hand drill.

DrillMate Metal Head

  • Ball bearings for spindle support

Innovative Metal Base with Angle Readout

  • Self-centering drill guide base
  • Angle readout for setting drilling angles to 45°, 60°, 75°, and 90°
  • V-groove for drilling on round stock
  • Non-slip TPE feet prevent slipping and marring on the work surface
  • Mounting holes for mounting with screws when needed

Metal Angle Adjusters

  • Allows you to easily lock your selected drilling angle into place

Adjustable Stop Collar

  • For repetitive drilling

3/8” Keyed Chuck

  • Compatible with most 3/8” drill accessories

Auxiliary Handle

  • Can be mounted in a fixed position on the base for maximum support no matter what drilling motion you are doing

*Not intended for use with impact drivers or hammer drills.

*If you are looking for precision that your drill or drill press would provide, then we recommend purchasing the 1368 DrillMate.

 

 WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/product

  • Material

    Metal and plastic

  • Chuck

    3/8" Keyed

  • Drill Bit Clearance

    Always: Maximum 7.50"

  • Drill Head Clearance with Spring and Depth Stop

    Max Travel: 6.30"
    Minimum Drill Bit Length: 1.20"

  • Drill Head Clearance without Spring and Depth Stop

    Max Travel: 8.23"
    Minimum Drill Bit Clearance: 0.72"

  • Base Dimension

    5.5" (140mm) x 4.25" (108mm)

  • Base Opening

    3-1/2" in diameter

  • Compatible with

    3/8” and 1/2” power drills

  • Weight

    4.13 lbs

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Average Review:
4.67 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Not having any place to store a drill press, I searched the internet for a portable drill guide. I read the description and reviews of 3 of them and chose the Milescraft #1318 AccuDrillMate. The wood project I was starting on required about 15 various sized holes to be drilled in rows.
    When I started to drill out the holes I could not repeat the spacing or alignment of each hole. The steel rods had about an 1/8th of an inch forward and rearward play. The chuck arbor started out to be rock solid, no play whatsoever, then before I finished drilling all the holes, there was 3/16th of an inch play forward and rearward and from side to side.

    Upon close inspection of the components of the product I noticed the small screws holding the nylon bushings in the rods were loose. I then found the screws holding the 2 halves of the chuck arbor bushings (top and bottom halves) also loose. I removed the drill chuck and then proceeded to apply non hardening Locktite to the threads of all the screws. (Note: The screw holding the chuck onto the arbor is a left hand thread, turn it to the right to remove the chuck.) After reassembling the parts and tightening all the screws the side rods are play free but, the arbor bushings (top and bottom halves) need to be replaced. They are worn from using the drillmate with the screws being loose.

    Pros: The Milescraft #1318 AccuDrillMate is a well designed product, that will get the job done time and time again. This tool gets 5 stars and I would recommend it over all the others out there.

    Cons: The chuck key is not a good match to the chuck teeth. Applying pressure on the key forces it down and out of the teeth. A proper fitting chuck key should also have a longer handle to hold onto the key with.

    Summary: After contacting MilesCraft, they informed me the problem with the screws coming loose was resolved, and they sent me a new head assembly with all new bushings. I am very pleased with this product, and can’t say enough for the thought behind the design and the quality of the component parts of the AccuDrillMate.I highly recommend that if you need a drill guide, give the AccuDrillMate a good look as you won’t be disappointed.

    Fred
    Northbrook, IL

  2. 5 out of 5

    This is a great little accessory to have. Like most Milescraft products it is well made. I think it’s safe to say drilling straight isn’t exactly easy and for those without a drill press, this is a great affordable option. I have a drill press but have found myself using this more. Doesn’t take up any room and quick to set up and move around.

  3. 5 out of 5

    I was considering buying this device some time back and ended up buying a drill press instead. However there are still situations where you need to make perfectly vertical hole in something too big or too heavy to be placed on a drill press’ table. Accu Drill Mate is what you need in those situations.
    Solidly and aesthetically made Accu Drill Mate requires some assembly, which takes 3 minutes. It takes drill bits from 1.5 to 10 mm. It is easy to use. Not only it enables you to drill in perfect 90 degree angle but you can also set it for 75, 60 and 45 degrees to the left or right. It also allows you to drill in pipes or cylinders thanks to the cut in the base of it. It is equipped with a stop to prevent you from drilling too deep. Finally it makes lining up the drill with a center of your stock fast and easy.
    Size of a base, around 4.5 x 6″, is a good compromise between stability and ability to fit confined spaces. Total height is 13.5″. Opening in the base is about 3.25″ (86mm to be more precise) and this is how big hole you could drill given you have such drill bit.
    Overall very neat device and certainly worth the money. I’m very pleased with it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    This is an amazing tool! It takes minutes to put together and start using. It’s designed very well and very easy to use. For a smaller shop like mine, it is perfect since I don’t have much room for a drill press. The Accudrillmate is also perfect for onsite uses. It is extremely portable and versatile. I love this product and it’s definitely worth the purchase.

  5. 5 out of 5

    240 holes in 2 hours! 1/4″ Forstner bit with a 1/4″ shank. Making a pegboard to hold my wife’s sewing spools. My standing drill press doesn’t have a throat deep enough, so I went looking – found this delightful tool. For what I asked it to do, it was the perfect tool. Easy assembly. Adjustments to slide stop and angle of drill held throughout the project. The angle adjustment is not infinitely variable – but it is positive. There is slight movement of the assembly (a millimeter or two), but once the bit started there were zero problems. 3/8″ chuck makes sense; this is not an industrial tool. I’d probably go 4.5 stars, but a 4 is too low. Thanks!

  6. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Nice touch to drilling straight holes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Quality product .

  8. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A wider base would be nice for what I use it for since I have multiple holes fairly close together! Also the stop but striped out prior to it even getting set up in the correct location. Something other than plastic would be benifical to use as a stopping point! Other than that it’s been what I’ve needed!

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Vertical bars needed a lubricant, but that was the only consideration – all else is good!

Can the DrillMate be secured to a board?

The DrillMate can be secured to a wood board. It also has non-slip TPE feet, which prevents slipping and marring on the work surface.

Can the DrillMate be used to start holes in porcelain tile shower walls?

Yes, the DrillMate can be used to start holes in porcelain tile.

Does Milescraft make a 1/2" chuck that will fit the DrillMate?

If you would like to use a larger chuck or drill bits larger than the Milescraft 1318 DrillMate allows, Milescraft manufactures the 1368 DrillMate. For more information on this product, please click here.

What is the largest diameter hole saw one can use to make a 45º angle cut with the DrillMate?

For a 45° angle cut, the largest hole saw that can be used is 1-5/8″.

Can I swap out the 3/8" chuck on the DrillMate for a 1/2" chuck?

Unfortunately, the threads on the chucks are not compatible. 3/8” chucks have 3/8” x 24 thread, and 1/2” chucks have 1/2” x 20 thread.

Can the DrillMate be used with a hammer drill?

No, the 1318 DrillMate is not for use with a hammer drill.

What is the best way to drill large holes with the DrillMate?

If you are using a large diameter bit, for safety and accuracy it is recommended to clamp the jig.

Can the 1318 drill guide head be swapped out for the drill holder of the 1368 DrillMate?

Yes, the guide heads can be swapped.

What are the differences between the 1318 DrillMate and 1368 DrillMate?

There are a few differences between the two DrillMates. The main difference is how the drill attaches to the unit. The drill guide head on the 1318 DrillMate is compatible with 3/8” and ½” drills and the drill chuck connects to the shaft of the DrillMate. Whereas 1368 accommodates drills with a 43mm collar and this mounts to the head, this unit does not have a chuck and uses the drills chuck instead. Secondly, the 1368 guide head can be locked with the s-knob; 1318 does not have this feature.

To use the #1368 you must have a drill with a 43mm collar, as shown below.

1368 DrillMate

What type of grease can be used to lubricate the guide bars of the DrillMate?

Common lithium grease.

Why isn't my bit penetrating the wood?

If you are trying to go through thicker material, the spring needs to be removed as the spring limits the travel.

Why are the holes slightly off angle when using a Forstner bit with the DrillMate?

When using the DrillMate with a Forstner bit or boring bit, you will need to remove the spring to reach proper drilling depth.