Drill Press Problem

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-16-2010 01:00 AM 2997 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m sure I am not the only one who has done this. I’m also sure someone can tell me the best way to fix this problem.

On my floor standing drill press (Delta model 17-950L) I accidentally put too much downward pressure on the table without having the table secured to the column. As a consequence, the rack on the side of the column (which meshes with the crank mechanism to raise and lower the table) bowed out away from the column.

Do I need to replace the rack?

What is the best way to fix this problem?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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David Murray

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 01:13 AM

Unless you can straighten it, you’ll probley have to replace it. part 1312008 on “delta’s website.” :

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 01:16 AM

If it bent in one direction it will bend back right? If it comes off the press take it off and try to get it back in to shape. Maybe hammer it with some wood as a blocker? The problem may be that it won’t run true any more after this. Worth a try if your buying a new one any ways.

-- LAS,

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Dave Owen

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 01:24 AM

This must be the time of the year for Drill Press problems. I have a 17-990X, and just wrestled with a broken return spring and a failure in a variable speed center pulley assembly. That’s now fixed, but what a nightmare. You must have put a heck of a load on it. I agree that straightening it may well be an option. If you have a Operator’s manual, it will tell you how to install it. If not, download one from the Delta web site. Good luck!

-- Dave O.

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 01:59 AM

I have the same problem, It hangs away from the support tube. I am just being careful when I raise and lower the table. Seems to be a common problem. 19 bucks plus shipping seems to be a good deal.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 04:35 AM

In many cases you can straighten these out. Problem is if when you do this and have a slight irregularity left, you will have a small bump or jerk at this point when you raise or lower the table.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 04:44 AM

Thanks to all for your help. I’ve decided that for $19 plus shipping I will order a new rack. It does not look like installation will be a major challenge. OTOH – I’ve been wrong about such statements many times before.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 04:47 AM

If you try to straighten it, heat it with a torch and lay it on a flat surface. Hit it with a hammer, flipping it over as needed to get it striaght.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 05:11 PM

I would try to straighten the piece. It is not a precision piece anyway. If it doesn’t work right you have lost nothing but a little time. I am very quick to replace parts when needed, but I sure like to save a few bucks when I can.

The installation shoud be easy. Most drill presses have a collar at the top of the rack. Just loosen the set screw, raise the collar up the column, off the rack. It will slip out of the bottom where it goes into the base. Simply slip the new one in it’s place and line up. You could also mark the position of the old one before removing.

Good luck—It shouldn’t be a big deal, whatever you do.


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