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10 golden drill press safety tips

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On November 13, 2018
Last modified:November 13, 2018


10 most important safety tips for using a drill press and drilling are presented.

You’ve unpacked your drill press, position it in the right place and now it’s time to work.

But wait!

Take the time to read these safety tips, as they might be useful, especially if you are a beginner in the drill press world. First, there are tips for ensuring a safe working area, followed by safety tips while operating a drill press. Read carefully and best of luck drilling!

Ensuring a safe working area:

Drilling with safety glasses

  1. Keep a two-foot perimeter around the drill press clear of people, debris and sawdust that weaken the grip.
  2. Remove loose clothes and jewelry.
  3. If you have long hair, tie it!
  4. Never wear gloves or anything else that could allow your hand, fingers or clothing to be wrapped around the revolving drill bit.
  5. Put on safety glasses with side shields or a face shield.
  6. Hearing protection is advisable!

Now when you have a safe working area it’s time to get the job started.

Here are the most important safety tips while operating a drill press:

Safety tip 1

Your drill press and you have met, but you also need to get to know each other. Therefore, instead of going on multiple dates, take the owner’s manual and read through it carefully. Pay attention to applications and limitations, as well as potential hazards.

Safety tip 2

Do not make a rookie mistake of laying the weight for your hands and the weight of the machine on the object you are working on. It could break and turn.

So, hold the drill firmly and work with it gently. No need for implementing additional force. You can also use clamps to secure and hold the work piece.  In addition, place the chuck in the position so that the weight of your hand would not fall on the surface.

Safety tip 3

If the rotating tool is not secured properly in the clamp, it can cause disruption in the drilling process and potential injuries.

Therefore, make sure that the rotating instrument is properly locked in the clamp.

Safety tip 4

Before turning the power on, make sure that the chuck key is removed from the chuck. Using a self-ejecting chuck key is the safest option.

Also make sure that the switch is in the OFF position before plugging in the cord in order to avoid accidental starting.

Safety tip 5

Make sure that the drill bit or cutting tool is properly locked in the chuck.

IMPORTANT: All adjustments must be made with the power off!

Safety tip 6

Set the table in the position so that the hole in the table center is under the drill. Additionally you can set the depth stop (if your drill has one) so that you avoid drilling into the table. Adding a piece of wood under the work piece is also a good prevention method.

Safety tip 7

Use the recommend speeds!

If you use a higher spindle speed, you can burn up the cutting tool or work piece and hurl the work of the table with a substantial force.

If you use a lower spindle speed, you can cause the tool to dig into the work piece, which potentially leads to the stalling of the motor or breaking the cutting edges.

IMPORTANT: When you are making adjustments and changing speeds, disconnect the machine from the power source.

Safety tip 8

There are two drill press part you should not touch:

  1. The shave that has fallen immediately after the drilling – it is tremendously hot.
  2. The rotating tool, which is still spinning after the drilling is done.

Also never try to stop the machine by grabbing the chuck after the power is off.

Safety tip 9

When you are drilling deep holes, raise the bit from time to time and clean the chips out of the hole.

If the drill bit is stuck in the hole, please turn off the machine first and then proceed to the drill bit rescue mission.

Safety tip 10

Make sure that you workshop or the place where you are doing the drilling is well ventilated. The shave and the sawdust can get mixed with the air which will result in you having difficulty breathing or potential suffocation.

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