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Drill Press

Waldown URN3
Machine Workshop (Room G24)
Level 03 - Machine Certification


A drill press (also known as a pedestal drill) is a fixed style of drill mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor or workbench. It has a number of advantages over hand held drills as it is more powerful, more accurate and requires less effort to operate. The depth of the drill press can be adjusted allowing for consistent drill depth through a material.

Health and Safety

  • The drill press is a power tool that has the potential to cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Always exercise extreme caution when using the equipment. NEVER touch the drill bit or other moving parts during use. The drill can easily cut fingers and other body parts.
  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use. NEVER leave the machine unattended while in use.
  • Ensure the dust extractor gate is opened before use and closed when finished.
  • Use push sticks, fences and safety guards wherever possible.
  • Ensure material is clamped firmly against the vice before cutting.
  • Do not wear loose articles of clothing and/or jewelry when operating the drill press.
  • Check depth setting is correct before turning the drill on.
  • Do not try and drill too quickly.
  • Do not try and drill unclamped materials.
  • Do not turn on the machine without checking chuck is tight and chuck key is removed.
  • Do not try to remove jammed pieces while machine is still running.
  • Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.

Operation Instructions

  • Turn on dust extractor: Turn on dust extractor and open the dust extractor gate.
  • Prepare the workspace: Ensure work area is clear and that all settings are correctly set. Ensure chuck key has been removed from chuck. Ensure depth setting is correct and that the guides must be firmly attached and not removed during operations. See a staff member to unlock the machines power.
  • Drill material: Place material to be drilled in the vice on the machine. The material must be firmly attached and not removed during operations. Guides must be used to stop drill bit grabbing and spinning material. Drill in a controlled and smooth motion.
  • Shut down and Remove material: Use the mushroom switch to turn off the machine. Remove the material and clear away any dust and offcuts from both the machine and floor. See a workshop staff member to lock the machines power.

Workmanship Considerations

  • When drilling large holes or through metal objects it is best to centre-punch or drill a small indentation into the surface first, so that the tip of the drill bit doesn’t skid off the mark when it starts to turn.