Introducing a drill press

A drill press is a must-have tool for every single workshop owner. It is a stationary fixed electric device that is either mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor/workbench. The appliance consists of the following components: a drill head, quill, table, a pillar and a base. A table is a flat surface upon which the objects are being drilled. You can adjust its height, the unit comes with a pinion and rack that move the table. However, some of the older models may require a manual adjustment.

There are three sets of handles, coming from the central hub of the appliance. Those handles are used to move the chuck and the spindle vertically when you turn them. The drill can also be adjusted vertically, allowing you to work with materials of different size and thickness.

Some models boast tables that can be angled. Such feature helps a lot when you need to do an angled hole in the object – you just tilt a table to the desired degree. All in all, a drill press provides much more precise drilling compared to a hand instrument, but its dimensions may not suit everyone. Considering this, manufacturers designed a miniature type of a product.


A miniature model

The advantage of a mini drill press is that it is lightweight and compact. You can fix it on a tabletop and start working. Just like the full-size instrument, it allows you to use various rotation speeds and choose different depth settings. The appliance is portable, so you can change your area of work at any time. It is also an ideal choice for smaller drilling applications, same as an excellent decision for hobby-crafters.

Using the device

  • Unplug your mini drill before you start changing a bit or performing any other setting changes. Loosen the chuck. Replace the bit, tighten the chuck around it.
  • Loosen the crank screw that holds the head of your device. Adjust the head’s height (the maximum height for a mini drill press is 10 inches). Tighten the crank.
  • Choose the preferred rotation speed: take off the cover, slip the belt on the other pulleys set, place the cover back to its position.
  • Adjust the drilling depth. Loosen the ring (or set screw) on the drill’s pull handle shaft, change settings to zero on the digital depth gauge, adjust the bit to the desired depth, tighten the ring.
  • Slide the table ledge to position the hole under the bit.
  • Mind your safety! Put on the protective glasses. Place the stock on the table ledge. Lower the drill bit by pulling the crank handle toward you. Position it on the spot, the stock should sit firmly. Turn on the machine. Pull the handle slowly to drill the hole to the required depth. Withdraw the bit slowly.

 

 

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