17.4.2 Drill Press Safety

Follow these safety guidelines when using drill presses:

  1. Securely clamp work materials to prevent spinning. Never use your hands to secure work materials.
  2. Use a center punch to mark the material before drilling.
  3. Run the drill at the correct speed. Forcing or feeding too fast can break drill bits.
  4. Never attempt to loosen the chuck unless the power is off.
  5. Lower the spindle before removing a chuck.
  6. Never use an auger bit in a drill press.
  7. Frequently back the drill out of deep cuts to clean and cool the bit.
  8. Never leave chuck key in chuck.

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