Walker Turner DP101 Drill Press

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Blog entry by jlabos posted 07-29-2014 02:01 AM 2772 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking about adding a bench top drill press to my work shop as my next piece of equipment. I started keeping a look out on Craigslist but then I remembered seeing a very old bench top drill press in my wife’s grandmothers basement. I went to take a look and found a Walker Turner DP 101. It had no motor but after looking around in the basement I found a few motors and pulleys. I was able to find a motor that spun counter clockwise so I took everything home. I cleaned it up a little and looked it over to make sure there were no cracks and everything worked as it should. For an eighty year old machine I was surprised to find it all in working order. I then greased it up and mounted the motor. A quick trip to the auto store to purchase a belt and I was making holes.

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 02:23 AM

Wouldn’t want the kids to use it, but the price sure was right. And it’s a great conversation piece. Any idea how old it is? If that belt gives out on you, try an AX or 4L type industrial belt. Both are 1/2 inch wide at their tops. Small diameter pulleys are hard on belts and the AX/4L are probably more flexible than an automotive belt. The profile might match the pulley better, too. Auto belts have a non-standard shape. Could get them at if you don’t have a local source.

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 03:16 AM

Thanks for the advice on the belt I will have to look into it. The automotive v belt was all I could think of that I could grab locally. The profile of the belt Is a little large but seems to be bending and twisting fine for now. From what I can find online the machine was built around 1931. I believe it is from the Driver series built for home and light industrial use. It is a very interesting design and I plan on holding on to it. My goal is to eventually get a more sturdy drill press. This will work for now and allow me to wait for the right deal.

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 10:23 PM

That is one cool old drill press…..great you could bring it back to life. Walker Turner made some great REAL tools….

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 12:27 AM

Back in 1971 I had a ‘62 Corvair that had that same belt/pulley arrangement on the engine :-)

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 12:39 AM

Great old drill press. Corvairs were cool Joe. Engine in the trunk. My buddy had a Corvair truck in which he’d do small wheelies in.

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