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Startrite Mercury floor standing pillar drill 1/4 HP 240 volt single phase motor

Risk assessment

Usage Notes

the motor pulley is not the correct one for the drill so don't attempt to change the speed.





Use the following recommended safety equipment for protection while using this machine

  • Safety goggles for eye protection
  • Ear defenders for ear protection
  • Dust masks for prevention of inhalation of particulate matter
  • Gloves for abrasion resistance (optional)

Be aware of other people around you. Don't bump into them and be respectful of usage space around the equipment. Only drill vertically. This is not a mill / CNC machine. Things could go very wrong if the work piece is moved while drilling into it.

Drill bits

  • These are located on the shelf labelled “Drill sets and hole related tools”.
  • If a drill bit is broken during normal usage, replace with a spare drill bit from the “Spare bits” storage box. Do not use the spares if there are still suitable bits available.
  • If there are no more spares, make a note of the drill bit size and comment on the mailing list to get more stock. Alternatively, buy a new drill bit and request reimbursement through the normal forms.
  • The drill bits can go through metal but take more care in doing so.
  • The drill bits are good for general purpose.
  • The Forstner bits are good for cutting wood more aggressively.
  • The hole saws are good for cutting larger holes but only to a shallow depth (i.e. sheets)


  1. Move the working platform down from the drill head by loosening the handle attaached to the platform.
  2. Insert the relevant drill bit.
  3. Tighten chuck with key found on the side of the drill. Tighten well (due to chuck needing to be replaced) so that drill doesn't bite into the material and not drill properly.
  4. Put chuck key on side of drill into its clip.
  5. Raise the

Tidying up

  • Remove drill bit from chuck
  • Put all drill bits back into their respective paces
  • Put all safety equipment back
  • Brush the drill and platform to remove excess material. Sweep area around drill press and bin the rubbish
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