Drill Press Safety

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/03/2018 - 05:05

What should you do before using a drill press? 

Drill presses can be dangerous if not used properly. 

  • Read the owner's manual carefully. 
  • Make sure you understand the instructions and are properly trained before operating a drill press. 

What are some safe work practices to know when using a drill press? 

  • Wear appropriate safety glasses. 
  • Ensure that the drill press has a start/stop button within easy reach of the operator. 
  • Use a vacuum, brush or rake to remove cuttings. 
  • Remove burrs and chips from a drilled hole. When making deep holes, clean out the hole frequently. 
  • Use a clamp or drill vise to prevent work from spinning. 
  • Make sure the drill bit or cutting tool is locked securely in the chuck. 
  • Remove the chuck key before starting the drill press. 
  • Lubricate drill bit when drilling metal. 


  • Reduce the drilling pressure when the drill bit begins to break through the workpiece. This action prevents the bit from pulling into the work and breaking. 
  • Keep drill bits clean and sharp. Dull drills are a common cause of breakage. 
  • Keep floor around the drill press free of oil and grease. 
  • Keep the working surface clean of scraps, tools and materials. 
  • Keep guards in place and in good working order. 
  • Shut off power before removing the drill bit. 

What are some things you should avoid doing? 

  • Do not wear any loose clothing or ties. Roll sleeves above the elbow to prevent them from being caught in revolving parts. Confine long hair. 
  • Do not wear gloves, rings, watches, or bracelets while working with a drill press. 
  • Do not set speeds, adjust, or measure work until the machine is completely stopped. 
  • Do not force the drill with extra pressure. 
  • Do not leave chuck key in a drill chuck. Make adjustments and remove key immediately. 
  • Do not hold work by hand when drilling holes; secure the work with clamps or vices. 
  • Do not place hands under the stock being drilled. 
  • Do not stop rotation of chuck and spindle with your hand. 
  • Do not remove a broken drill with a center punch and hammer.

Never leave the drill press running unattended! 

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