Steel City Drill Press

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A drill press (also known as a pedestal drill, pillar drill, or bench drill) is a fixed style of drill that may be mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor or workbench. Portable models with a magnetic base grip the steel workpieces they drill. A drill press consists of a base, column (or pillar), table, spindle (or quill), and drill head, usually driven by an induction motor. The head has a set of handles (usually 3) radiating from a central hub that, when turned, move the spindle and chuck vertically, parallel to the axis of the column. The table can be adjusted vertically and is generally moved by a rack and pinion; however, some older models rely on the operator to lift and reclamp the table in position. The table may also be offset from the spindle's axis and in some cases rotated to a position perpendicular to the column. The size of a drill press is typically measured in terms of swing. Swing is defined as twice the throat distance, which is the distance from the center of the spindle to the closest edge of the pillar.


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What is this equipment used for. Brief description.


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Do Not Hack


Rules and expectations for use of this piece of equipment. Example:
For general use by members after they have completed an appropriate training course. Treat this equipment as if it were your own cleaning items off of the top of the machine and around its table after usage.


Things the equipment shouldn't be used for, limitations, etc (Don't grind aluminum or brass, etc)

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Things a user should know prior to using the equipment (turn on power supply prior to plugging in USB, etc)

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Basic Instructions

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Specifications and Detailed Instructions

RTFM.PNGModel 20520 (current model)
RTFM.PNGModel 20530 (current model)

Ours is a model 20520

This model is not currently listed on the Steel City website, but a model 20530 is listed.


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Cutting.PNG Cutting Risk

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RTFM.PNG Read the Fine Manual

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