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Drilling and tapping are skills that are often taken for granted by farriers. It seems so simple that most farriers don’t think much about it at all.
In reality, the motions are simple, but it’s a technically complex process. A little bit of time spent on fine-tuning your process can save you time and money.
Taking care in setting up your press will make the job easier. When setting up a drill press, we are concerned about two things — run-out and rigidity.
Run-out. This occurs when the drill bit does not spin perfectly on the axis. Usually, this is the result of the drill bit being slightly crooked relative to the spindle. The longer the drill bit or the farther out in the chuck it’s held, the worse the run-out becomes.
Every drill press has some degree of run-out. High-quality drill presses generally have less…