Drill Press Safety Guide

Using a drill press will reduce the amount of time that you need to spend on a task, not only because of the accuracy and the precision that come along with it, but also the power. However, a heavy piece of equipment like the drill press comes with its own set of precautions that must be followed closely to avoid injury. After all, power tools and electrical equipment are serious beasts – not toys.

Below are the top safety considerations for using a drill press

You should first and foremost become familiar with your machine. Learn every bolt, screw and lever inside and out. Ensure that you read the owner’s manual thoroughly as well. You need to be able to understand all of the potential hazards that may arise as a result of not following the procedures outlined in the manual carefully.

Remember to cover your eyes to protect from wooden or metal splinters, which could cause injury or blindness. The best way to do this is by wearing a full face mask, or protective goggles. NEVER use a drill press without eye protection. Ensure that before you turn on the power to the drill press, the chuck key is removed. The other workaround to this would be using a self-ejecting chuck key. However not all drill presses have these – so it’s best to check.

Make sure that the drill press button is switched to off mode/position when not in use. Especially while making any sort of repairs to the machine, ensure that the power cord is removed from the power source. This precautions is intended to prevent unwanted electrical shocks. Also you must use the correct drill bit for whatever material you’re drilling into, using the wrong one could cause a mess! As well as the right drill bit, the work piece must be held securely in place. you can use a drill press vise for this.

The spindle pulley on the drill press should be covered with a guard and there should be no loose clothing or jewelry in the area while operating the drill press. if you have long hair, be sure to tie it back or chop it off. If you don’t do this things can get caught up which can be extremely dangerous.

To prevent respiratory illness the work area needs to be well ventilated at all times, especially while using sanding drums or anything that creates fumes/dust. If you’re in doubt you can always wear a breathing/dust mask or respirator for extra protection.


In conclusion, read the manual! Once you’ve done that make sure you follow our steps listed above. You can always consult a professional or contact us if you’re still unsure about how to use a drill press safely. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to add to this list.