Guide to setting up your Drill Press

Guide to setting up your new drill press.


image of drill press chuck being tightened

A drill press is a crucial tool for the serious woodworker or DIY enthusiast. Thus it is a great idea to have one as part of your tool cache. This is because behind sawing, and hammering, drilling is essentially one of the most important and frequent tasks a DIYer will have to do while working on projects.
Given the importance of this tool and the tasks it is used for, it’s a good idea to make sure you have it set up properly, to ensure success and safety when it comes to completing your projects.
The first tip, which cannot be overstated enough, is that you should follow the directions for setup and use found in the user manual to an absolute tee.

Power Supply:
– A long extension cord is not ideal in the workplace unless absolutely necessary because it can create a major tripping hazard. So try to be located  as close as possible to a power outlet.
– to prevent wear of your machine ensure that the electric current is the appropriate voltage for the motor.
– For a precaution it is recommended to connect it through a fuse or surge protector.


Securing the machine in place:
Bench top drill press machines should be mounted to your bench using bolts, which will require making holes in your wood or metal workbench surface. It is actually important to complete this step, because by mounting it you create a much safer environment and remove the possibility of knocking it over and causing injury. A floor drill, like its benchtop counter part should be secured by mounting it with bolts, which will again require creating holes into the surface you plan to mount it to. Although mounting is important for safety, remember it’s easy enough to undo the mounts and make it portable again in order to take it somewhere else.


This is a vital step to ensure that it will stand the test of time. It is recommended to clean the machine regularly as well as apply lubrication frequently to keep it running smoothly. It’s always a good idea to reference your machines specific guidebook for more detailed product specific maintenance guidelines as well.

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