Installing a drill press might not be so easy for a first-time user. That’s why we’ve taken the time to gather a short list of tips so that setting your new unit up is a breeze. One of the first pieces of advice we can give you is to read the manual provided by the manufacturer as thoroughly as possible. This isn’t some toy destined for the user of children, and operating such a device can be downright dangerous if you don’t know the way to do it properly.
The proper space
Be sure to install your unit in your shop so that you have enough room to handle any workpiece, regardless of its size. Lighting is just as important as the room you’ll have available, as this will allow you to work precisely and perform cuts as accurately as possible. For models that don’t come with their own lamp attachment, we recommend a dependable overhead light of which the performance is the right one for your eyesight. Purchasing a separate LED light that can be attached to the drill press is another way of making sure you don’t do any mistakes.
Securing the drill press
Bench-type options can be mounted on your workbench or on a steel or wood stand, depending on what you have in mind. Mounting will require the use of nuts and bolts. Just to be on the safe side, if you install your drill press on the floor, make sure it does not tip over while you’re stepping around or next to it. While concrete requires the use of anchors and masonry bolts, whereas for a wooden floor you’re likely to use lag bolts.
The electric current should be of the same voltage as the one on the motor. A too low voltage may eventually lead to the damage of the motor. While extension cords are not to be preferred, they can still be utilized when everything else is lacking. In that case, it might be a good idea to correlate the wire rating of the cord with the amperage of the motor. It is forbidden to connect the green conductor in the cord to a live terminal as it can pose a threat to the operator and lead to him or her suffering from an electric shock.
Lubricating the drill press
A nice piece of wax paper can do a lot for a new drill press, as can wiping it with an oiled cloth. Be sure to lubricate both the quill and the spline using a light machine oil. If you are not sure of the oil you should use with the machine you’ve just purchased, always refer to the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer.
You may need to perform some RPM changes if you want your drill press to give the best results on a variety of boards made of different kinds of materials. A higher RPM is required when using a small drill, and the general rule is that softer materials need higher speeds than harder ones.