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An interesting trick I read somewhere for drilling a hole in a ping pong ball is to slowly drill down with the bit twirling in reverse. It pulls the plastic pieces out – it works for drilling plastic or thin materials, too. pls visit http://drillpressselect.com
Another thing to remember is that some refer to the 'spindle' as the 'quill'. So 'quill travel' would essentially be the same as 'spindle travel'... Good luck sir.
If you have a spindle travel of 2" then you can only drill a hole 2" deep, unless you drill then raise the table with the drill bit in the hole you already drilled. However, if you need a precise hole that two step system will not be good enough and will have some random angles in in.if you are really good at lining things up though you might be able to flip the piece over, assuming it is less than double the spindle travel, and meet in the center.
The swing should be the distance from the center of the chuck to the support at the back of the drill press. It determines how wide of an object you can drill into. For example, if you have an 8" swing and want to drill a hole into the center of an 16" board, no theoretical problem. however, if you need to drill into the center of a 20" board you would need at least a 10" swing drill press.Sorry I didn't reply earlier, it seems I don't get comment notifications via email.
A Gif showing a spindle travel Mike
Take your pick of "Swing" :-)
Seandogue said correct, it means the max travel of the spindel, basically how deep you can drill.
Usually bench models allow for enough travel for 10-15mm drill bits, the big stand alone models sometimes offer a few more cm.
It really only matters if you have to make deep drill holes or need to use extra long drill bits to reach areas inside something like a machine part.
I believe it means how far the spindle will travel (or is set to travel) from fully up to fully down position.
Usually, there are "stops" on the drill press that allow the user to set the working travel, but for discussion about purchasing, it simply means the maximum distance the drill can plunge.
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