Drill Presses

Power Drill Presses

When a standard drill doesn't provide enough power to get the job done, a press can power through to complete the task. In addition to performing regular tasks, you can also sand and polish items using the proper heads. When you're looking for more tools to add to your garage or working space, find the bench drill press that will increase the efficiency of the work.

What is a power drill press?

A standard drill allows you to drill holes through many materials. After a certain density and when cutting steel, though, you need more pressure to do the job. A drill press is such a tool to do that. You may know a drill press by other names, such as a bench drill press or floor drill press. They can be bolted into a hard surface, such as a workbench, stand, or possibly the floor. Components include the base, column, the table, quill or spindle, and the head of the equipment. Handles are located on top of the head and move the spindle and chuck up and down. Chuck keys are a critical piece for use of the spindle, so make sure you keep it in a safe place.

How do you operate a power drill press?

The operation varies based on the application, but for basic drilling of circles,

  • Attach the cutter - Attach a cutter designed to handle circles, and then, attach the equipment to your bench. To protect your foundation, place a piece of wood underneath the metal.
  • Set the speed - When drilling through metal, use a variable speed as you don't want to go too fast. Excess speed can destroy the bit of the machinery as well as the motor.
  • Apply special oil - As a cautionary measure, cutting oil can be applied to the piece being cut before starting.
What types of drill presses are available?

There are presses that are designed to be mounted onto a work bench or table, and there are compact models designed for portability. The differences include the following:

  • Weight - The power press designed to be mounted will frequently weigh more as they will need the extra weight to balance the heavier jobs. Compact models are meant to be light enough to travel.
  • Speed - Compact models will have lower drilling speed as a result of their reduced swing capabilities. A mounted press machine with a 14-inch swing can perform much faster.
  • Horsepower - Your compact model machines will not have horsepower, unlike their mountable versions. You can find larger machines with as high as a 3/4 horsepower motor.