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Drill Press Restoration 1960 Canadian Blower and Forge (Buffalo)

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Blog entry by AdrianM posted 554 days ago 2853 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost finished a restoration of a older drill press.

Here are the before:

Midway:

And After:

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.

Total cost:
Drill off craigslist: 225
Scotchbrite: 10
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

total 350.

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)
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=11321



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 554 days ago

WOW!!!
That is a beauty! Nice job on brinin’ ‘er back into service, better than new!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 554 days ago

I love restoring old tools. Can’t beat the quality. Best of all it was made in the USA!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 554 days ago

Wonderful job. I fixed up an old Buffalo #18 a few years ago. It was a fun project. If you are interested, mine is here.

They are great machines!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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