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Forum topic by gul posted 08-20-2010 04:51 PM 1468 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2010 04:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press question

Hmmm Do you have to get the drill press table down to change the bit because I do and I kinda feel this is wrong and very tiresome. Plus how you lock the bit to certain height? I feel silly to ask these questions but I got no other way to know.Yeah one thing more,is 1/2HP motor enough to frill through wood coz mine keeps jamming :/
Thanks for your help.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 05:20 PM

Don’t know how to answer ‘cause I don’t know what DP you have. Mine (a 60 year old cast iron Craftsman monster) has a spindle lock that will set the depth of the drill bit. The table has a hole in the center wchich allows the bit to pass through. 1/2hp should be adequate unless you’re drillin’ some really tough stuff.


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#2 posted 08-20-2010 05:33 PM

depending on the operation, sometimes you have to lower the table down to change bits – although, mostly you don’t as long as you keep enough clearance between the chuck, and the table to get the bit in and out, and you have enough quill travel that will allow the bit to go through the wood – you should be good to go.

to lock the bit to certain height different models have different ways to do it, some use a spindle lock with a set screw, while others have a gauge with nuts that lock it. what make and model is your DP?

1/2hp should be adequate for drilling most holes in wood. if your drill jamms – you may be trying to drill to large holes (forster bit) at too high of a speed! again – depending on the make/model of you DP you may have the option to change drill speed. the bigger the hole – the slower (more torque) you want it to spin.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 06:20 PM

I’m a little confused by your question. You say, “how you lock the bit to a certain height”. The stops that other people are talking about refer to limiting movement to a certain depth.

Your drill press should have a spring mechanism that raises the bit to the top whenever you release it. With the bit as high as it will go (it’s natural resting position) it should be rare that you need to lower the table to change bits.

FYI – 1/2 hp is sufficient for almost all wood applications. Make sure you are getting the drill speed right based on the size and type of drill bit.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 11:01 AM

It might be easier if you posted a photo or two so we can see what you mean.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 05:34 PM

Tj65 that is a good idea,i’ll try to post some pics tom.
thanks everyone.

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 05:56 PM

If the bit is “jamming”, it may be that you belt is slipping. Be sure it is tight enough.
1/2 hp is generally enough for most woodworking


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#7 posted 08-22-2010 01:54 AM

Have you read the Owners Manual? Lots of very useful information can be found in Owners Manuals.

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 02:42 AM

Also check that the drill bit is sharp. Check the belt tension too, if too much play then the pulley will slip when there is pressure on the bit. Normally there would be several inches of travel from the quill to the work piece. If you are notable to get the drill bit in when in normal position then your table is set too high. Let the quill travel to the work instead of the other way around. If you are drilling a really deep hole then you may have to raise the table to finish the full depth.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 01:49 PM

That bothers me also , I added linear shaft motors to my favorite drill presses that i change bits in. just loosen the deck lock and press the up or down button and lock it back . I put in a quick release to facilitate long vertical work. You can find these linear shaft motors with the push button remote buttons all day long on old hospital beds. Now my 1890’s line shaft drill press deck is a different story. Was trying to upload a pic
but I think I need more coffee


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