How to Change the Bit in a Drill Press

In this instructable I'll show you how to change the bit in a Drill Press.

You will need:

A Drill Press
A set of Drill bits
A chuck Key

Step 1: Remove the Bit That's in There.

Insert the chuck key into one of the three holes in the chuck so that its teeth fit inside the grooves of the chuck.  Turn the key to the left to loosen the chuck.  Once the chuck is loose you can use you hands to finish the job.  Hold the bit with one hand on the shank end so that you can stop the bit from falling (and getting damaged).

Step 2: Insert the New Bit.

Insert the bit you want you to use into the spindle.  Get as much of the shank in there as possible without covering the flutes of the drill bit with the jaws of the chuck.  Tighten the chuck by hand first so the bit won't fall to the ground. Place the chuck key in one of the holes and tighten.  Tighten the chuck from the other holes as well and that's it.  You're ready to drill some holes.



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    3 Discussions

    Graham Lane

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I had expected something new and revolutionary there! I would add that there should be a small area of shank showing between the flutes and the chuck jaws, ideally about the same as the diameter of the drill, so that any metal swarf or wood shavings get thrown out sideways instead of going up and filling the chuck.

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    batvetteGraham Lane

    Reply 1 year ago

    He does cover that in step 2. Its a good point worth reinforcing however.


    1 year ago

    I know snarky critical comments are frowned upon here but lets get real. Anyone who needs this to be taught to them doesnt own a drill press and shouldnt be allowed anywhere near one.