Another Craigslist Score....Powermatic Drill Press!

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 03-15-2010 03:18 AM 12542 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bam! I was lurking in the shadows of Craigslist and what did i see? An older gentleman selling all his woodworking equipment and moving into a smaller place. I couldn’t tell from the picture in the post what the make of the DP was but I recognized that familiar Powermatic gold paint! I emailed and the son who was listing it for his computer illiterate father sent me a huge picture of it and sure enough it was a Powermatic drill press. I arranged to go look at it, the guys place was about 20 Mins away. It is a Powermatic 1140F 14” 3/4 HP drill press..wired 110 but can be re wired to 230. I flipped it on and it ran nice and smooth and looked to be in great condition. It’s manufacture date was 1989, and he said he was the original owner bought it new and used it lightly for the past 21 years. It looked like it was in great shape and he threw in a tool caddy and a bunch of assorted (pile) of drill bits! The press was listed in the ad for $250, but I was able to talk him down to $200 even. I wrestled it into the truck and after a quick clean up here she is in my shop!

I didn’t get a manual for it and I have never owned a drill press so is there any routine maintenance that I should be doing?
It seems to run really good. I changed the belt config to a faster speed (something between the recommended hardwood/softwood speed..around 1900. It is a little noisy..seems to be coming from the tensioner pulleys in between the motor and the spindle..i guess that’s to be expected given its age. One thing I noticed that I’m not sure I like is when I pull the spoke wheel to advance the bit down (with the spindle turning or not) there is a clunk that you can hear and feel as the spindle travels down the first inch or so. Other than that it seems to be fine and it doesn’t do it every almost sounds like something in the gears…weird.

But it seems to be a great press other than these things..maybe somebody can give me some info as to what they think it might be. The general consensus online is these go for anywhere between $150 and $350…so i think I got a great deal!


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#1 posted 03-15-2010 03:21 AM

Oh man that’s a nice one! Gratz Brad.

It’s likely it could use a clean and lube. WD40 or some light machine oil.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 03:38 AM

that’sa nice drill … it should last another 20 years. I lived in McMinnville for years. The Powermatic plant is long closed. So is the Carrier Air Conditioning plant and AO Smith to name a few. All are closed now. Small town with loads of empty factory buildings.

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 04:26 AM

Very nice. I’m green with envy.

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 04:38 AM

Nice find, considering I just paid almost $50.00 for a belt for my Delta.

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 08:19 AM

What a find! I looked for a couple weeks for a drill press on Craigslist and ended up buying new as everything was either garbage, in need of complete refurbishing, or overpriced! Congrats!

-- Darren

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 12:23 PM

That is a nice addition to your shop. I have one of these on my wish list since I am PM fan. This is a quality drill press that should last you for many years.

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#7 posted 06-30-2016 01:47 AM

I know this is an old topic, but I also just purchased a 1140F off Craigslist. I got it for $100, which I think is pretty sweet. But, I’m having trouble finding out information about the chuck and the belts. I have the manual but it doesn’t list the appropriate belt size (the previous owner installed a belt that was too small, which made the motor-loosening impossible). I also don’t know how to remove the chuck, and it isn’t described in the manual. Does anyone have any tips? Thank you!

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