My daughter has a neighbor who is disposing of “stuff” in his basement. I was told of a drill press sitting down there.
I immediately ran to his house to take a look. It was pretty rusty, but looking closer, most of it was Cosmoline!
I asked him how much and he said just to “take it” WOW WOW!
He said his father had it before him, and he was getting ready to sell the house and move south.
Turns out it’s a fully cast iron “Rockford” model. This is a company that go’s back to the late 1800’s. They were located in Rockford, IL. They are now defunct. I can’t find any info. on it so if any parts are needed in the future, I’ll probably have to invent the wheel. The only thing I can think of going wrong would be bearings, and those should be pretty standard. Everything on the drill press is imperial so I think it should be easy to maintain.
The machine was manufactured in 1980 in Taiwan, but is as solid as an old US made Walker-Turner.
I think it changed hands many times, due to nicks and scratches, but it has virtually no miles on it.
It’s a 12 speed 14” beast.
I built a rolling stand, hoisted it up and bolted it down.
Then I proceeded to clean it up. 3 before pics and 2 after pics.
It runs as quiet as a Rolls.
Now I have to fill in the dings and find a matching “Battleship Grey” paint.
I’m a happy camper.
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