The drill stand is a steel framed unit manufactured in mild steel with a high quality powder coated and oven baked paint finish giving a quality appearance and long lasting protection. Its rigid drill platform can be permanently fastened to the floor. It can drill cores from a sample of asphalt or concrete material held by a clamp mechanism situated within the water tank. The drill stand is complete with a water swivel that allows connection to a water supply thus providing a coolant to the drill bit face. The rubber lined water tank allows for collection and drainage of the cooling water. Hydraulic operation allows the drill motor to rotate at the optimum speed for the particular surface material. The unit can be supplied with a hydraulic drill motor CRT-LABDRIL-H or an electric drill motor CRT-LABDRIL-E to suit. The manually operated drill feed control provides for a rapid but safe drill penetration with minimum core bit wear rate.