Power Tools

Drill Press Safety Rules

  • Run drill at correct RPM for diameter of drill bit and material. Ask shop personnel for the correct RPM.
  • Always hold work in a vise or clamp to the drill table.
  • Use a correctly ground drill bit for the material being drilled. Shop personnel can help select the correct bit.
  • Use the proper cutting fluid for the material being drilled. Ask the shop staff about the appropriate fluid for the material you are machining.
  • Remove chips with a brush, never by hand.
  • Ease up on drilling pressure as the drill starts to break through the bottom of the material.
  • Don’t use a dull or cracked drill. Inspect the drill before using.
  • Don’t drill with too much pressure.
  • Always try to support part on parallels or a backing board when drilling thru material.
  • Never place taper shank tools such as large diameter drills or tapered shank reamers in a drill chuck. Only straight shank tools such as standard drills can be clamped in chucks.
  • Always clean drill shank and/or drill sleeve, and, spindle hole before mounting.
  • Remove taper shank tools from spindle or sleeve with a drill drift and hammer.
  • Never try to loosen the drill chuck while the power is on.
  • Lower the drill spindle close to the table when releasing the drill chuck or taper shank drill to reduce the chance of damage should they fall onto the table.
  • Never clean a machine while it is in motion!!
  • If the drill binds in a hole, stop the machine and turn the spindle backwards by hand to release the bit.
  • When drilling a deep hole withdraw the drill bit frequently to clear chips and lubricate the bit.
  • Always remove the drill chuck key, or, the drill drift from the spindle immediately after using it.
  • Wear safety eye protection while drilling.
  • Let the spindle stop of its own accord after turning the power off. Never try to stop the spindle with your hand.
  • Plexiglas and other brittle plastics can be difficult to drill.
  • Ask a shop technician for advice on drill and coolant selection when drilling these materials.

Safety goes beyond a set of information and rules to memorize. Safety is a culture. You live it by learning it, and learn it by living it … so that you and others can go on living. Safety is very important !