Do you know if I can without damage to the motor install a
variable speed foot pedal between the drill press and the wall
outlet so I can have hands-free, variable speed operation of the
drill press? --
G'day Miles; Do you REALLY need continuously variable speeds for a
drill press? I've had my press for very many years, and it has, like
most drill presses, a belt and pulley system that, by flipping a belt
across, gives three distinct speeds. I find the fast, medium and slow
speeds sufficient to use 12mm drills in steel and 50mm hole saws in
wood at the slow speed. The medium and fast speeds I use for smaller
drills in copper, wood and aluminium, according to the size of the
However, I bought a robust 'push-on' 'push-off 'switch' which I
mounted on a small box which has a lead with the usual outlet plug on
the end, and a flush mounted power socket. I plug the 'male' power
plug from the box into the mains outlet, and the male plug from
the drill press into the flush socket on the box. The box goes on the
floor. Thus, pressing the button switches the press on and off
again using my foot, leaving both hands free to guide the job..
Very simple and effective. And cheap!
Not sure how to wire it up? email me off-list.
Cheers for now,
John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua, Nelson NZ