Troubleshooting tips for your drill press
In addition to everyday wear and tear, your drill press can be hit with an electrical surge, get stuck on a piece of material or suffer from physical damage. Any of these issues could leave your drill in need of repair. If you've noticed that your drill press isn't operating like it should, then you may need to repair or replace a part to solve the problem.
Common drill press problems
- Drive belts are what keep the bit on your drill press turning. They run from the motor to the head where the drill bit is secured by a set of pulleys. Drive belts are made of hardened rubber composite and over time belts will stretch out. This can cause your drill press to lose RPMs on the drill bit. In addition to slippage, drive belts can experience cracking or tearing, causing them to come off--stopping the drill press altogether. Depending on the condition of your drive belts, you can try applying a belt dressing that will add extra grip, but if they're worn, they'll need to be replaced. Also, inspect the pulleys while you're at it for any signs of wear. Worn pulleys will drag against the belts, shortening their lifespan.
- The chuck is a type of clamp that grips the bit you're using to drill. This clamp tightens and loosens by means of a special key. The chuck and chuck key are solid pieces of steel that are made to be very durable. The most common problem with the key is it being lost. While there are makeshift ways to tighten and loosen the chuck without the key, the best solution is to replace the lost key.
- The drill press is raised and lowered using the elevation handle, which is usually attached to the headstock. The handle is often constructed of a lighter metal like aluminum alloy and can bend or break from excessive use. The handle is attached with a couple of bolts.
- The drill press is electrically powered, and problems can arise with wiring connections or tears in the cord. A bad wiring connection could burn out the motor, causing it to need replacement.
- The baseplate is a piece of metal that the work material rests on while you bore through it. The baseplate can be damaged from excessive strain or suffer oxidation from water.
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