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Pillar drill demonstration

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Pillar Drill demonstration by Paul Lindley (view QT link below for viewing on Apple mobile devices)
Securely clamp work piece.
Insert drill piece into chuck
Tighten chuck using chuck key
Check position of drill
Close guard Switch on Lower drill slowly into material
Drill in and out on thicker materials to clear waste
Turn machine off, and wait till drill stops moving before removing work piece
If a problem occurs, use the emergency stop button
If the work piece starts to spin, do not attempt to stop it with your hand; use the emergency stop.

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Anonymous's picture

dear paul, enjoyed video.....john chelsea workshop........

plindley's picture

Hi Chris,

Good point. In this instance the guard on the machine is there to contain any waste removed as part of the drilling process and to literally guard the operator. In this case then, provided the guard is appropriate and correctly fitted, safety spectacles seem to me to be superfluous.

The cleanliness and clarity of the guard as you mention, is crucial however to the operators safety. Many even quite experienced operators will claim guards are actually a hazard, but this is usually because dirt, abrasion or wear reduces visibility, and hence control. This perhaps is the most common reason guards are removed from machinery, and this is where the real danger lies. The guard then should be renewed when necessary according to use, and always kept clean.

Its worth noting though that the design of machinery guards, particularly on drilling machines is still evolving. Common dissatisfaction with some designs arises from guards not being flexible enough to cope with the versatile nature of the machines themselves. The guards must allow access for the operator to access the chuck and set up the work, which can vary considerably, but at the same time perform their function and provide protection.

Manufacturers of machinery are often tempted to consider guards as an "accessory," and produce good machinery, but supply poor quality, basic examples of guarding.


cfollows's picture

Hi Paul, would you need to wear protective eye goggles or is the safety guard enough, I always find googles a bit distracting, I notice your guard look very clear, do they get messed up and reduce viability? Thanks Chris

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