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Why Read This Article?

  • Repair a common drill press problem quickly and easily.
  • Get the most out of your drill press by allowing the table to adjust smoothly.
  • Save money by completing a simple repair yourself.

Article Breakdown

Repair Information:

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 15 minutes

Frequency: As needed

Replace the Adjusting Rack:

1. Remove the drill press head.

2. Remove the rack collar.

3. Remove the table and rack.

4. Install the new adjusting rack.

5. Install the table.

6. Re-install the rack collar.

7. Re-mount the drill press head.


Tools & Materials

  • Allen wrench

How to Replace the Adjusting Rack on a Drill Press

August 2, 2011
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When teeth on a drill press adjusting rack break you can lose performance because the table won't adjust along its full range. This article outlines the steps necessary to replace the adjusting rack so you can utilize the table's full range.

The adjusting rack on a drill press allows you to move the table up and down for more precise drilling. When the teeth on the adjusting rack break or become too worn, adjusting your drill press height becomes impossible.


You can repair a drill press rack yourself in about 15 minutes using only an Allen wrench. To ensure you have the right replacement rack, remember to use's handy power tool part finder.


Replace the Adjusting Rack

Replacing an adjusting rack is an easy, straightforward repair. You simply break the drill press down then reassemble it with the new adjusting rack in place.

1. Remove the drill press head

Loosen the set screw that keeps the drill press head secure. There may be more than one set screw, depending on your drill press.


Remove the drill press head.  The drill press head is heavy, so use caution while removing it.


2. Remove the rack collar

Loosen the adjusting rack collar set screw.


Slide it off the drill press column.


3. Remove the table and rack

Loosen the table lock. Slide the table and rack off the column.


4. Install the new adjusting rack

Once you have removed the table, you can remove and replace your adjusting rack. Keep in mind that adjusting racks are directional, so find the arrow and make sure it is pointing up. Then align the adjusting rack with the table assembly gears.


5. Install the table

Slide the table assembly onto the drill press column until the rack touches the base of the press.


6. Re-install the rack collar

Slide the adjusting rack collar down the column until it rests atop the rack, then tighten the set screw.


7. Re-mount the drill press head

Place the drill press head back on top of the column.


Line it up with the drill press table and tighten the set screw.

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Replacing your drill press adjusting rack is an easy repair that you can perform yourself in about 15 minutes. Fixing the rack yourself will save you money at the repair shop and will get you back to precision drilling in no time.

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