Maintenance is extremely important if you’re always looking to preserve the life of the tools in your workshop. In my opinion, a clean and tidy environment can help both you on a mental level and your tools as they won’t suffer and develop all sorts of issues such as corrosion. With the right set of tools and just a bit of commitment, you can take your drill press to a whole new level and make it last for more than two or even three decades. I’m not going to tell you that you’ll be able to pass it down to your grandkids, but who knows if you won’t?
Lubricating the chuck is the first step you have to do. All you need is a bit of drying lubricant, but you have to make sure that the jaws are open completely before doing so. Use compressed air to get rid of any dirt that might have built up in this component and then just spray the lubricant.
Belts can get worn out pretty quickly if you don’t take care of them. First off, you have to make sure that the belt is the problem you have to deal with. Chances are you’ve started to hear some nasty noise or have begun to experience vibration.
The golden rule of working well with a drill press is that, should you notice any thick sections or separations in the belt, you ought to replace it as soon as possible. Something other you have to check for is whether or not the tension is right. Since the manual is the golden book you have to refer to as often as possible, make sure to consult the instructions supplied by the manufacturing brand before making any modifications that might affect the way your machine functions.
I’d like to add that there are loads and loads of online resources that you can use efficiently if you need a bit of help in this area. For example, the Woodworker’s Journal has a nice section dedicated to drill press cleaning and maintenance. If you’re more of a visual person, you need to take advantage of the great Internet and look up some cleaning tips on social media networks like YouTube. I myself have found two that address this topic, and if you’re just starting out, these resources can mean the world to you.
Also, if you’re a beginning woodworker, it might be a good idea to look up the company that has manufactured your drill press and other machines and see whether the brand has come up with some informative videos, as well. In most cases, you can either find them on their official website or their social media channels.