Drill Press Safety Rules: What You Must Know

    Drill Press Safety Rules

    Drill presses are very handy tools that can make your drills easy and effortless, either at home or at work. However, there are a few things that you should know as you use one. If you have recently bought a drill press, or have been assigned a job where you need to learn how to use it fast, we can show you the proper, but unwritten rules of using a drill press right on this page for your convenience.

    1. Before Using Your Drill Press

    If this is your first time using a drill press, be sure to read the owner’s manual carefully, if available. If you have a pre-owned drill press, and the owner’s manual is mysteriously missing, see if you can download and/or print an online manual from the manufacturer’s website.

    Be sure that you have a clear and better understanding of your drill press after reading it compared to before. You will not only know more about your drill press this way, but gain more confidence while using it.

    It is also important to receive some proper training for how to use your drill press, either by being trained in college or as part on on-boarding by your job. This will show you the ins and outs of using any drill press, let alone your version of drill press in particular.

    Before turning on the drill press every time, wear a pair of safety glasses to avoid debris from harming your eyes. Like with any piece of equipment or machinery, always wear safety glasses to drastically reduce the likelihood of an eye injury.

    It is also important to be sure that the base is tightly mounted into the floor. Drill presses are heavy pieces of equipment that can vibrate when in use. Screwing the drill press into the floor prevent not only the drill press from shaking, but from falling over. Constant shaking of the press can also stagger the performance of your drills, leading to inaccurate drilling and constant occurrences of errors.

    2. Practice Use Of Your Drill Press

    Understand the parts of the drill press that you might be using and/or maintaining for as long as you plan to have it. The most notable parts of a drill press include the quill, the drill chuck, the belt guard, the hand feeding level, the table and the base.

    Know where the power button on your drill press is located. Stand in front of your drill and power it on. Be sure that you are in a comfortable position by using the drill and have a comfortable reach for the power button when need be. Be wary of where to stand and how to handle your drilling for convenient powering on and off of your drill press.

    To prevent your applications from spinning along with your drill, use a clamp of drill vise to keep the application clamped to the table. A clamp will be able to improve the performance of the drill and drill bit, so you should expect even smoother and faster drilling.

    When you drill holes with your drill press, be sure to make the hole as free of debris as possible. Remove the holes of any chips and burrs so that nothing but air occupies them.

    When drilling holes into metal, you will need the drill bit to be lubricated so that there is minimal resistant when the drill is drilling into such hard materials. Unless the owner’s manuals direct you to do so with oil, water will likely be your method of lubrication. Never drill metal dry or without proper lubrication.

     As you use your drill press frequently, expect a lot of debris to appear as a result of your drills and cuts. With that said, have a working vacuum cleaner and a large, empty trash bin nearby, so that cleaning up takes as little time as possible. Either a vacuum cleaner, brush or rake will remove cuttings from the scene of your drill press. Keep the work area clean of debris, materials and tools at all times.

    3. After Using Your Drill Press

    After using your drill press, place the chuck key inside the chuck to lock it. The chuck key will prevent the drill bit from operating when somebody attempts to turn on the drill press. Only when you remove this key will the drill press be able to drill as normal again.

    Be sure to keep your drill bits as clean and sharp as possible. Drill bits will dull out over time, and are more prone to breaking while in use. Be sure that you have spare drill bits readily available so that you do not leave your drill press without one.

    Here is a list of things that you should NOT do too, with or around your drill press.

    4. What Not To Do With Your Drill Press

    • Leave your drill press unattended as it is running.
    • Wear gloves, bracelets, rings or watches when using it.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes or ties or work on it with your sleeves unrolled.
    • Force the drill with excessive pressure.
    • Leave the chuck key in the drill chuck.
    • Make adjustments as the press is running, powering on or powering down.
    • Stop the rotation of the spindle or suck with your hand.
    • Place your hand under the stock while being drilled.
    • Remove a broken drill using a center punch and a hammer.


    In conclusion, there are many things that you should know to perfectly operate a drill press. Practicing proper drill press and workshop etiquette is essential for doing a great job every time. When following all these tips, you are sure to make errors and mishaps less likely to occur in your workplace.

    Did you enjoy this guide? Got any questions to ask about drill presses? Leave your questions or feedback in the comments section down below.

    About the Author Allen A

    Allen A. Jones is a specialized technician of electronic appliances. He has been working with Bestbuy since 2015 and helped thousands of customers to choose the right electronic gadgets offline. Now he is doing the exact same thing online. To know more about him, get in touch with him on Allen[at]Drillez.com

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