View Full Version : Drill press ?????
04-09-2007, 08:27 PM
I got a new drill press, and it came with wedge shaped part made of metal. I have no idea what it is for and the book does not say!
Any body Know??
04-09-2007, 09:16 PM
The chuck spindle is a taper fit in the drill press spindle (my Chinese 3/4" one has a #3 Morse taper). If you run the chuck all the way down, you will see a slotted hole in the spindle. Insert the skinny end of the tapered gizmo in the hole, put your hand under the chuck, and smack the tapered thingie with a hammer. Voila! The chuck arbor will pop out! You can find drill bits that have tapered shafts that will fit right into the drill press spindle.
04-09-2007, 10:07 PM
Cool !!! How can I tell what taper I have and can I put a arbour on there for a slitting saw to do some light duty cutting in aluminum. I was going to get a arbour with a stright shaft and use the chuck..
04-09-2007, 11:20 PM
Personally and just my opinion, but i use a mill at work. Using a drillpress for milling is hard on the drillpress and can be dangerous. Mostly due to the fact drillpresses are not built heavy enough. I would recomend buying collets that fit your press if you are gonnna try cutting.You can get them at your local machine supply store. If you mean slitter as in some sort of saw on an arbor
I HIGHLY recomend you dont try that in a drillpress. most drillpress's dont have solid enough bases to clamp you work to. Vibration is you worst enemy, makes for ugly cuts and can be dangerous if cutter grabbs. Either you bit breaks or your work goes flying Hope ya have safty glasses on.
I would not aloow that attemp in my shop, we all have out fingars and i plan on keeping it that way Just my 2cent worth
JUST A ROOKIE
04-10-2007, 01:13 AM
As Dave said DO NOT use a slitting saw or end mills in a drill press. With any vibration the tapered chuck will come loose. I worked with mills and lathes for 30 years and I all so have all my fingers and eyes. Get a small mill that is made to do that type of work. I would have fired any employee that I found using a drill press as a mill. This is for your safety that I and dave say what we have.
04-10-2007, 06:56 AM
OK! I hear you guys Thanks.
04-13-2007, 02:39 PM
OK! I hear you guys Thanks.
Can you post a link to your drill press?
There are many models.
I certianly hope you have a "T-Slot" bed (wet bed) !
You can buy what you want @ ENCO TOOLS
morse tapers, slitting saws, etc.
Those other guys are right, a mill is the correct tool.
first thing to purchase is a "T-slot clamp set"
I have milled in my wet bed drill press for 19 years.
Just use due care & be extra safe.
04-15-2007, 09:36 AM
Yes there are crossover and really heavy duty drill presses. Any machinist would know if it could handle the work intended,but by the questions he was asking, I figured he wasnt very experienced..... Harbor freight has a few smaller mills that would be ..ok.. for our smaller work. But seeing safety is such a key thing in this sport I thought he might need his trigger fingar.........
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