The drill press is used for cutting holes into workpiece. The type of hole can be changed by changing the bit used with the drill press. The drill press exchanges the ease of use and portability of a hand drill with accuracy, precision, and less effort to bore the hole.
Due to being in the wood room, the drill press can only be used to bore into woods or plastics.
Take metals to the drill press in the Metal Shop
Safety glasses and closed toe shoes are required in the wood room and must be worn while operating the drill press. Do not wear gloves and tie back hair when operating this tool
The drill press can be stopped at any time by pressing the red switch towards the top of the tool or by pressing the E-Stop (big red button). Drilling pressure can be released by releasing the feed lever. Before drilling make sure the workpiece is well fastened and will not shift. Holding the part may result in injury if the drill bit catches while boring. Remember that workpieces may become hot after extensive drilling and gloves should be worn to handle them.
How To Use This Tool
- Make sure the drill press is plugged in.
- Make sure the red E-Stop is not depressed. If so, rotate the E-Stop until it releases.
- Press the clear-ish green button to turn on the drill press. It should glow when it is turned on.
- Place the bit into the chuck and rotate the chuck to tighten onto the bit. The drill press has a keyless chuck, just make sure the bit is tight enough for drilling.
- Set the drill depth by twisting the nob in front of the drill press spindle. The marker with the red line will display the cut depth.
- Fix the workpiece to the drill press using the vice. If the workpiece does not fit under the drill press, rotate the lever on the front right of the work table to raise or lower the table. Make sure to lock it again with the lever on the front left of the work table.
- Set the drill press speed by rotating the black nob on the top row of buttons. Faster speeds can be used for softer materials.
- Set the black switch on the bottom row of buttons to the drill bit for drilling and the tap for tapping.
- Turn on the spindle by pressing the solid green button on the left side of the control panel.
- Rotate the feed lever on the right to move the spindle up and down to perform the cut.
- Turn off the spindle by pressing the solid red button on the top row of the buttons.
- After holes have been cut, remove the cutting tool and return it to its spot.
- Blow off the drill press with compressed air and vacuum or sweep sawdust from around the drill press.
- If lubrication is used during the cut, wipe any excess lubrication off the drill press.
- Make sure it is clean for the next user.
Drill Bit “Wobbles”
- This happens if the drill bit is chucked in crooked.
- Remove the drill bit
- Carefully reinsert the bit, taking care to keep it perfectly upright
Drill Press won’t Start
- Ensure that the e-stop is not pressed.
- Ensure that the Drill Press is plugged in
- Ensure the that the power switch on the back of the press is On
- Consult a PI or Wood Room Master is problem persists
Article was written by Constantine Venizelos and Reed Morris
Last Updated: September 11 2018.