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Posted on Cannot move belt tensioner Lever on 16" Central Machinery Drill Press.

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 01:51 PM

If it was damaged I would take it back.

But, I have the bench model of this DP. The 16 speed, 3/4hp machine.
I believe they have the same drive, head and motors; the only difference is the column height.

I lever the motor base with a bar and then rotate the little tension lever till it’s snug. It holds the tension just fine, but it does not have enough leverage to create the tension.

This, like many HF tools in my opinion, is a sturdy machine with some rough points in the details and fit and finish department. As far as doing the job it’s made for, it does OK.

Bottom line, I plan to put a VFD on it and wanted a bigger motor than I need to be able to handle low speed operation. This machine offered a bigger motor than other comparable DPs in the price range.

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