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Posted on Time for a new drill press, but which one?

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 03:09 PM

If the motor is the only problem, and you are happy otherwise with the machine, I do have a couple other ideas to suggest.

I go to flea markets and pawn shops in my area fairly often, and it is common to find small electric motors that might be usable for a drill press for a really cheap price, often under $25. If they will demonstrate that the motor works and you are comfortable enough working on that type of thing yourself, that is one alternative.

Also, if you have any industry in your area, there might be an electrical shop that can rebuild the motor. Last time we had to have one done at my old job I was amazed at how cheap it was, under $20 for a much bigger motor than what a drill press uses. That was several years ago though, before copper prices skyrocketed, but since they can sell the old windings for scrap the price difference might not be that much more than it used to be. Of course prices on this type thing can vary widely in different regions.

Just a couple other ideas that might save a few dollars, if they would work for your situation.

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