Drill Press - Powermatic PM2800B

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The Powermatic PM2800B Drill Press is a typical floor mounted 18-inch drill press. The mechanical variable speed control makes it easy to select from a full range of speeds without needing to move belts and pulleys. It is used to drill holes in wood and softer plastics, but not metal.

How to Start

  1. Get a think[box] Ability Badge: Come to think[box] and ask a Student Worker for an Ability Badge Orientation. They will ask you to read sections of the think[box] Access Policies and Safety Policies and then you will read and sign an electronic Machine Shop Access Agreement. You will be given an Ability Badge, which must be worn at all times when you are using the machine shop. Note, you are not yet approved to use the machines in the machine shop.
  2. Review the Tutorial: Read the think[box] Drill Press Tutorial and familiarize yourself with the parts, terminology, and general safety information pertaining to the drill press.
  3. Take the Online Safety Quiz: Take and pass the think[box] online Drill Press Quiz. You must get 100% on the quiz to pass. Refer to the Tutorial as you take the quiz. If you do not pass the first time, review your answers and make sure you know why you didn't pass, then take the quiz again. You may take the quiz as many times as you need to until you pass.
  4. Schedule an in Person Certification Class*: Go to the Online Scheduler to schedule a time to take the think[box] Drilling and Tapping Certification Class. This is a 1.5 hour class taught by think[box] staff that covers basic drill press safety and operation. Upon successful completion of the class, you will be given a "DRILL" sticker for your ability badge that grants you permission to use the think[box] drill press during all open hours. 

    * Experienced users may take advantage of an expedited version of the training, also available using the online scheduler linked above. 

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Wood and Soft Plastic

Wood and Metal Shop Supplies

Technical Details

  • Keyless chuck for fast tool changes
  • Mechanical variable speed
  • Wide variety of tooling and clamping fixtures available 
  • Working surface: 20-1/2 x 14 inches

Training Calendar

Use of the drill press is scheduled on a first come, first served basis, however training sessions do take priority since they are scheduled in advance. Please look at the calendar below to see when the drill press will be in use. Additionally, you can call ahead (216.368.4976) to see if the machine is in use.