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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 12-20-2011 11:39 PM 1784 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. I have been looking for a bigger drill press since my move here (3 yrs ). I have smaller ones, they do not have the power to work with my corner block bits. I have two different styles of Mortise chisels that adapt to drill press, the little drills do not have the right collar to use them. I once had a craftsman 15” floor model and I liked it. (sold it when I moved). Well wait and yea shall receive. Went to auction ,there it was, 15” craftsman, waved my hand ,bought it. Yesterday looking at Kijiji and a old bench top mortise drill was listed, looked at it in afternoon, it wanted to come home with me as well, while I was chatting with the guy I mentioned I collect OLD tools, he had a gleam in his eye and asked if I ever seen one of these, went to drawer and brought out a MINTY “stanley 55” with all blades , original box, book,etc. With a straight face I asked how much, IT CAME home with me as well.(I am embarrased to disclose the price) WHY did this happen so close to the season where we have to travel and buy grandkids so much ?
Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone !

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 12:17 AM

Please do “disclose the price” on that Stanley #55… :)

I know you don’t need to know now, since you got a drill press, but for anyone else looking for a good large one, the Harbor Freight flood standing model is a great deal on a great machine!

Nothing wrong with a tool gloat, we like to hear ‘em…

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 12:36 AM

I’ve had that same craftsman drill press since the 70’s. It’s a nice chunk of metal and has served me well. If anyone is going to get a large floor standing drill press though I’d think the ones with the geared crank on the table for moving it up and down the post must be nice. I have to wrestle with mine periodically when I need to move it as it’s just a tightening lever.

I’d love to see a video of that plane in action.

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 07:40 AM

Great deal on the drill press, and I know that plane went to a person that appreciates and understands it,
but please tell me that you will use it. I gave up on my mortise machine purchase idea for now, but a
good friend happens to have one that he lets me use, it will only do up to a 1” square hole, and that
requires 2 people, one standing on the pedal to make the hole, the other to pull the pedal back up. It
is a nice big green monster and must weigh more than 500 lbs. No he will not part with it and his son
gets it when he can no longer use it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 09:33 PM

A friend called me a couple of weeks ago and told me he had just bought me a drill press for $100 from an auction. Of course at that point I was on the hook to pay him for it. I asked him about it and he said go to the Sears website and look at the 15” floor drill press and it is just like it. For $100 I thought that sounded pretty good for one he said was almost new. When I went to pick it up I noticed that it was not nearly new but better….from 1973. What an awesome find!!! I love it. Wish it had the hand crank for the table though!!!

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