4 Steps to Safely Removing Chips From a Drill Press

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4 Steps to Safely Removing Chips From a Drill Press

4 Steps to Safely Removing Chips From a Drill Press

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Drill presses are the workhorses of metal fabricating, so they need regular care to function at their best. Chip removal is a critical aspect of drill press maintenance. Metal chips may seem innocuous, but they can become hazards, damage equipment, and pose risks to the operator. Here are four steps for safely removing chips from a drill press.

Preparing Yourself and the Drill Press

Safety should always be your priority, so you'll need your personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, gloves, and a mask. Position your drill press in a well-lit and spacious area, ensuring no tripping hazards are nearby. Stabilize the drill press on its stand, and secure all locks and clamps.

Chip Removal Process

The actual steps for removing chips from a drill press can be intense, but you can handle it now that you’re prepared. Begin by clearing the drill press table. As you work, chips will collect around the chuck and spindle. You can dislodge them gently with a brush or compressed air to prevent them from falling into the quill, which might result in a jam. Finally, shift your focus to the drill press head, especially the quill, and remove all chips to prevent issues with drilling depth and accuracy.

Handling and Disposal

Handling metal chips requires caution. While metal debris may be unassuming, it can be sharp and have burrs that might cut you. Wear thick gloves when gathering the chips, and place them in a designated container for disposal. Lastly, sweep the floor to collect any chips that may have fallen around your work area.

Metal chips belong in your metal recycling or waste management system. Consult local waste disposal policies, as metallic waste is more regulated than household garbage. In some cases, chips may require professional handling or recycling, particularly if they're from materials with hazardous properties.

Maintenance and Prevention

Regular maintenance guards against the accumulation of drill press chips. Schedule cleanings and inspections no more than a few weeks apart. Additionally, preventive measures like setting the right speeds for different materials, using correct drill bit sizes, and applying cutting fluids can prevent chip welding. Chip welding occurs when chips weld onto the bit and must be painstakingly filed or chiseled away.

Drill press manufacturers often include helpful tips and best practices in the machine's manual. Follow these recommendations to minimize chip accumulation and keep your drill press humming.

At Kaka Industrial, we have a wide variety of industrial drilling machines to provide power, precision, and versatility to your operations. We provide the metal fabrication industry with top-notch equipment. Browse our selection to find the perfect machine for your needs today.

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