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ragin_cajuns

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02-17-2016 12:47 PM

A friend is moving and cleaning out his garage. He has a Clarke drill press that his father in law gave him but he has never used so he may give it to me as I have been thinking of buying a cheap one but just haven’t yet.

I’ve never heard of Clarke so I just Googled it and it seems its a lower quality brand that his father in law probably bought from a tractor supply store. But its free which is hard to beat.

Not sure where his father in law kept it but it looks pretty rusty. I turned it on last night and it works, just looks beat up. Is this easy to get cleaned up? Worth cleaning up?


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#1 posted 02-17-2016 01:02 PM

That’s the same brand i see in “TheArtOfWeapons”s shop from youtube. He lives in the UK, do you?

I would just take it and make the best of it. You can’t get better than free! Unless he pays you to haul it away….:)

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 01:06 PM

I’m no drill press expert, but free is hard to beat. My dad has been using a Clark very similar to yours ever since I can remember (and i’m over 40 now). I’d clean it up and check the spindle for run out. If it runs true you’ve got a usable machine.

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 01:16 PM

Not UK. Texas. Advice on how to check for run out? I am relatively new to woodworking and completely new to a drill press.

I think this has a 5/8 chuck. I don’t have it at my house yet – hope to in a few weeks.

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 02:26 PM



Not UK. Texas. Advice on how to check for run out? I am relatively new to woodworking and completely new to a drill press.

I think this has a 5/8 chuck. I don t have it at my house yet – hope to in a few weeks.

- ragin_cajuns

Here’s a link to a really helpful video:

http://youtu.be/dOAav5L3F6c

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