Drill Press Attachments That Will Make Your Job Easy

Last Updated: 16.12.19

 

People prefer the right tools for getting various tasks done, such as a sump pump to drain pools or a drill press for woodworking or metalworking. In the case of the latter, you may be able to make the best out of your drill press if you choose the right attachments.

Such accessories can increase the versatility of your drill press, while others simply improve your performance. Others have as their primary role to make your job easier. Regardless of which of these purposes you have in mind, you will have a plethora of accessories to choose from.

 

A drill press table

When you pick a drill press, you will discover that there are models that come with an operating table. However, that doesn’t mean you should settle for whatever the manufacturer provides. While there are brands that care about offering their customers superior tables with their purchase, most of the items you will find will be pretty basic.

For instance, they don’t come equipped with fences whose central role is to prevent materials from falling off the table. If you are a perfectionist, you will undoubtedly want your drill press table to be on par with the rest of your equipment. Some models come with stop blocks, and these are very handy for keeping the materials you work with in place.

Why is this aspect important? Let’s assume, for a moment, that you work with a large piece of stock. Typically, you would have to enlist a friend’s help so that he or she keeps the stock piece while you guide the drill press. With a table with stop blocks, you will be able to work alone, so that’s a great plus.

 

 

A roller support

When you undertake various DIY projects, the chances are that the size of the stock you’re working on or the material you use varies. That said, you will need extra help so that the material is rolled at a steady pace while you take care of cutting it or boring holes. Your assistant might also have to lower the bit so that you can work with your stock as intended.

Again, if you don’t have too many friends who are into DIY like you, or they’re too busy when you need them, you will certainly appreciate an accessory that will let you work alone. Such an attachment is a drill press roller support.

There are such supports that can work with up to 56 inches long stock. Another great plus of such an accessory is that it lets you move the stock as needed and that without shifting the position of your bit.

 

A laser guide

You might have heard plenty about laser guides and how they can help you in your work. The chances are that the drill presses you have acquired in the past came with such an accessory included. However, just like in the case of drill press tables, the ones supplied with your purchase might not be of the best quality.

What do you need a laser guide for? For instance, if you have to bore holes that are very close to one another while maintaining their consistency and alignment, this accessory will be invaluable. If you want your work to be mistake-free, that’s the kind of attachment you should have on your drill press.

The laser guide comes mounted on the column. The system is made from two lasers that have as a primary role to pinpoint the position of the bits. To ensure that your work is always up to par, laser guides usually come with an alignment accessory that provides optimal accuracy for your work.

 

A tool tray

This might not sound like much, but it’s an accessory that can prove handier than what you might expect. Many DIY-ers prefer to have their tools in one place, but going for the toolbox, rummaging through its contents, and finally emerging with the desired device or accessory sounds and is pretty time-consuming.

What you should get for your drill press is a tool tray. There, you will be able to keep all your bits, hammers, pliers, or wrenches. With so many things you need ready at hand, a tool tray is pretty much indispensable. Not to mention, some are magnetic, to make sure that you don’t lose your bits. Plus, you might enjoy the idea of putting your coffee mug someplace you can access it quickly.

 

 

Get clamps for your drill press, too

It was already mentioned that manipulating long stock can be a difficult task. But, at the same time, you won’t have a more manageable task if you try to work with small pieces. Regardless of whether you are a woodworker or a metalworker, such tasks can prove daunting.

To make them less challenging, you will need something to keep the small stock in place. For instance, let’s say that you need to drill several holes within close distance on such a piece of stock. A clamp designed for this particular problem will solve the issue.

Because clamps can hold stock in place without a problem and by applying steady pressure, you don’t have to worry about them moving while you work. This way, you will ensure better accuracy for your work, and you’ll also be able to tackle more complicated projects.

 

A dust collector

Do you know what else you need for your drill press? A dust collector. Again, this type of accessory might not sound like much, but, without it, you will undoubtedly experience not so pleasant things while working with stock.

In the case of metalworking, you should be aware that it is not safe to inhale the dust caused by drilling into a piece of this type of material. Wood dust is a common occurrence, too, and one immediate displeasure it will cause is a very dusty workshop.

Therefore, you need a dust collector for your drill press. One great thing about it is that you will be able to place it in the position necessary to collect all the dust as soon as it leaves the machine.

 

 

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