Almost finished a restoration of a older drill press.
Here are the before:
The Name on the drill press is Canadian Blower and Forge but embossed on the side is Buffalo which is Buffalo Forge company. This drill was a buffalo that was re-branded.
Restoration started with a couple of tests and a cleaning.
At the start the runout was 0.005
Cleaned everything with green scotch brite and crc. Polished up some handles and some brass.
Changed motor wiring to run on 120 with the help of my pops. Motor seems to be not original and has a small vibration.
After cleaning the chuck and re-installing old chuck the runout measurement was .004
Runout on the taper without chuck was .0005. Best I have ever seen!
With new chuck runout was .001.
Drill off craigslist: 225
New Chuck: 115
Chuck seems to me to be a fantastic deal as other chucks that look like this are over 300.
Here is the details on chuck: http://www.penntoolco.com/catalog/products/products.cfm?categoryID=7370
The drill runs better than another drill I have ever used. Probably the best tool investment I have ever made. New a drill of this quality would run 1000 – 3000 CDN.
Next up is to work on the small vibration and finish the auxiliary table for woodworking.
I was inspired by a post on vintage machines here: (A more detailed rebuild)