Drill Press - Info Please

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13 years 5 months ago #16382 by Toast
I need to purchase a drill press for a small business I am buying.

One of the things it will need to do is drill holes in small rounds of paua which the current owner is doing very successfully.

I will also need it for other pursuits & am particularly interested to know if I can drill holes in PVC tarpaulin material in preparation for inserting the brass eyelets. Is it possible to do this?

I saw one in Mitre 10 at about $116 but nobody in the shop at the time knew anything about it. If anybody can supply me with any relevant information about them so that I can make a wise purchase, I would be very grateful.

Do they have to be secured to a workbench?

Thanks.

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13 years 5 months ago #245912 by ame
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To put a hole in a PVC tarp you would be better to use a punch. In fact, you might find that inserting an eyelet into the tarp will cut the hole itself as a side effect. If you use a drill you risk the material catching and bunching up around the shaft with hilarious consequences.

The only issue I can think of for a drill press is that the drill itself is not eccentric. Many cheap models will be slightly off-centre, so they vibrate.

Another thing you might consider is a drill-press assembly for a standard electric drill. It might be cheaper, and it's basically a vertical guide with a lever handle, into which you clamp your (existing) electric drill.

A short drill press should be fixed to a workbench (easy to do). The taller ones are free-standing on the floor, but really should be fixed down too. HTH,

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13 years 5 months ago #245920 by MikeCollett
i have 3 drill presses. one is set up permanently with a large round block of wood that i tack sandpaper on - the cheapest drum sander you could get. the block is heavy and i have it on about 1/2 speed. another one is set up permanently on a jig that drills holes precisely. the jig has a bearing in which the drill bit sits snugly but goes up and down. this way the hole is drilled exactly in the same spot each time. the other one is a free for all machine that has done a lot of heafty work (40mm hole saw on conveyor mat and 40mm timber, holes in pvc pipe, metal pipes and a heap of other stuff) in addition to matching the amount the other specialist pieces do. each of the specialist setups would have easily done in excess of 100k ups and downs over more than 4 years without exaggerating and all are ticking along just fine.
they are all the same model cheap ryobi $120 on special from time to time from m10. go for that model they wont let you down. definitely secure it to a workbench, they will go for a walk otherwise, and as they are top heavy WILL fall over.
i wouldnt go the adaption of a standard drill to an afterthought bracket, if for no other reason a drill press is quieter than a hand held, and a drill press has better speed settings and safety aspects. (I put cable ties on my drill shafts in the specialist setups so when my knuckles get too close to the bit they whip your hand and let you know before you loose skin!)
definitely a punch for pvc banner material, learnt that when working at flagmakers, and as ame says the eyelet will make the hole for you - get a big foot jumpy one if you are going to do a lot - they offer more control and less chance of injuring yourself (as normal when you use the proper tool for the job).
if you want help with jig design, let me know. it is soooooo much easier to have a reliable jig when doing repetitive tasks - reduces stuff ups by a huge % and can save heaps of time if you dont have to measure and mark each piece.

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13 years 5 months ago #245936 by Toast
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Thanks for that, guys.

Where do I get a big foot jumpy punch from? This sounds very foreign to me!

In my PVC items the punch has to go through four layers of PVC on the corners where it's folded over so the eyelets wouldn't punch through with the thingie M10 supplied with the eyelets. In fact, wouldn't work with only two layers of PVC.

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13 years 5 months ago #245940 by skyline_glenn
I picked up a punch set from super cheap last month fo about $15. It goes up to about 20mm I think, and we punched through about 7 bits of 1mm butynol rubber.

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13 years 5 months ago #245941 by wyseyes
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There are punch sets on TM, where you hold the material between this hollow punch and a block of wood, and then belt it with a hammer. They are good for the occasional hole here and there, but if you are doing lots then a fixed system with a punch and die might be better and cleaner. Talk to someone in a specialist tool shop, M10 wouldn't have anything like that.

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13 years 5 months ago #246026 by MikeCollett
hi
for a small eyelet machine

www.trademe.co.nz/Crafts/Other/auction-196334692.htm

for a new one

www.atwellengineering.co.uk/settingmachines.php

the foot jumpy thing looks like the double head kick press found about 2/3 down the following page

www.kingrichardco.com/snaps/machines.htm

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