Regular Drill Press Maintenance You Should Know About
Drill presses are one of the heavy mechanical tools that are quite straightforward when it comes to operating them. But practice is often needed before handling heavy tools like drill press stands in order to be aware of basic do’s and don’ts especially when it comes to safety. However, to fully utilize the benefits from a bench drill press, you’ll need to be able to learn how to maintain. It’s common sense to know that if you don’t take care of something, it won’t last very long and this applies to machines as well.
A chuck is a type of clamp attached to a drill that is used to hold drill bits. Having a lubricated chuck allows for smoother operation and accurate centering when drilling holes on rough surfaces. You’ll need to apply some drying lubricant inside the chuck. To do this, detach the chuck from the drill press by turning its shell until the jaw section is fully open before you apply the lubricant.
Other than that, you’ll also need to know how to check for possible issues that need to be taken care of as well. Check the pulleys and the quill tube as these areas are where the most common problems occur. If your pulley is wobbling while it’s spinning, this could mean that the screws have become loose or that the pulley has been bent. This goes the same for quill tubes. Loose quill tubes will tend to wobble or vibrate while operating which affects the drilling precision.
Lastly, always keep your working space tidy and clean. Working in an environment where residual chips and rust can happen poses a safety hazard and just simply makes working not as fun if there’s clutter piling around. Keep basic cleaning tools such as a degreaser, table wiper, and a duster. Keep your drills clean as well as working with a dirty drill will certainly affect the outcome of the product.