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Forum topic by namrufmot posted 02-22-2016 12:32 AM 574 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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namrufmot

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02-22-2016 12:32 AM

Wasn’t really in the market for a drill press but saw this guy for sale from an older gentleman priced at $50 so I went for it. I have a penchant for 40s-50s tools.

Can anyone tell me what model it is? or I’m assuming there is no model number just the serial ( J 2799).

Anything in particular I should know about it?

What the heck is the lever with the arrow pointed at it? (third image) I can’t seem to find out what it does.

It was missing the chuck key, can I just pick up any old 3/8” check key or does it tale a special one?


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#1 posted 02-22-2016 03:11 AM

That doesn’t sound like a complete serial number… should be two letters followed by 4 digits. Get the whole serial number and look up the year it was made over at the vintagemachinery serial number page. When you know the year made, you can look up the model number in one of the catalogs over there, as well as grab a manual/parts diagram for it. If I had to guess, it looks like an early model #645 11” press, but it’s hard to tell from the photos. Not sure what lever you are talking about (I don’t see any arrow!), but I think you are referring to the one on the front of the quill housing, which is used to lock the spindle in place.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 03:22 AM

She’s a beauty that’s for sure!

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 04:48 AM

you really have to hunt for the arrow, but, Unix is right. It’s a quill lock.
My drill press is a Cincinnati Royale, made sometime in the early 1900’s. I can see a bunch of things that look like they were copied and used on this dp. It’s going to be a solid machine when you start using it.

for chuck keys, I think they are designated with the letter K with a following single digit number. You chuck might have tat on it. Use the K +# to get a key. If not, get all your buddies together who have drill presses and have them bring their keys to the Key Hunting party you’re going to throw….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 05:18 AM

you really have to hunt for the arrow

Ahhhh!!! Now I see it :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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namrufmot

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#5 posted 02-27-2016 01:27 AM

It says JACOBS CHUCK No.07 Hartford CT

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=1714

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