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07-01-2015 06:35 PM

I’m in the market for a benchtop drill press and saw this on my local CL postings…

An Orbit Machine Tools 5-speed drill press, 1412. Does anyone know anything about this machine? What’s the value?



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#1 posted 07-01-2015 09:01 PM

Okay, after some internet researching I’ve found that orbit used to make (or was made by) the same company as Jet tools, so that’s positive. He said it’s 1/2 HP, which I don’t really have a sense for. I will be using it almost exclusively on wood. I guess I can go see it with a precision ground rod and my dial indicator to see what the runout is….

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 08:32 AM

Yes, when Jet started importing drill presses the first ones they brought over were branded by Orbit. Eventually they changed the branding but even modern Jets share some ancestry with the Orbits. I have the exact same model Orbit, 1412, and it’s a good DP. I paid just a little less for mine.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 12:07 PM

Sounds a bit high for an 80’s Taiwanese unit. But he did give it a nice coat of Rustoleum Light Machine Grey.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 12:16 PM

The new ones seem to go for $350 or more, so it doesn’t seem like a bad price.

Me, I’d offer him $120 and have the other 30 in my back pocket…...

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 07-03-2015 05:05 PM

Original paint, same color as mine.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 03:26 PM

Haven’t used one myself, but from what I’ve heard they are pretty good machines. It is true that the new models go for $350 to $550 and that the Orbit/Jet drill presses retain their value pretty well. Taking all that into account, $150 is not that bad. Agree with a previous comment to offer in the region of $120 and see what happens. Would be ideal to test it for run out before handing over the cash.

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#7 posted 09-12-2015 06:53 AM

I have an Orbit 12 speed drill press. The model is a 250 IF. It has a 3/4” chuck and a No. 3 Morse Taper spindle. After reading about the drill press above, I’m wondering if anyone out there might know where I could go on the internet and possibly download a copy of the owners manual for this machine. If anyone knows of such a place I would sure appreciate hearing about it. Thanks very much for any help you might be able to give me with this. I got this drill press along with a Darex floor model industrial drill bit sharpener and a complete set of Greenlee taps and dies several years ago all for $200.00.



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#8 posted 09-12-2015 07:30 AM

Jim, I’m told that if you call Jet they can sell you a manual. I haven’t tried it.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 08:51 PM

I used to have an old Orbit drill press. It was a pretty heavy duty floor model. I can’t give any advice in the value of yours but mine was a pretty beefy, hearty machine. I wish I still had it but the return spring broke and we couldn’t find a replacement. It’s still at my friend’s machine shop, awaiting repair. Interestingly, the serial number on mine is 7.

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#10 posted 09-12-2015 10:23 PM

Did you call Jet about the spring? The design hasn’t changed much over the years, they should be able to fix you up.

-- Rick M,

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