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Forum topic by AtlantaSnoopy posted 03-29-2016 02:03 AM 1253 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AtlantaSnoopy

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03-29-2016 02:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press vintage restoration manuals

I really need a manual for this monster! I took over my dad’s workshop and moved most of the tools to my house. He bought this from Morehouse Suppliers in Columbus Ohio, I think it was industrial use and that was back in the day when you could buy the old stuff when the companies bought new stuff. So anyway it wasn’t bought retail. I think he got it in the mid 80s. I’ve been searching catalogs and this one is I think circa 1969, but the numbers don’t match up to that year from a reference on a vintage tool websites.

Anyway. This DP does work but it’s crabby, cranky and needs some attention. I want to restore it. I’ve searched all over for this model manual and can’t find one. It may have been modified throughout its life time but here’s the pictures…anyone who can help, please advise.



Issues that need immediate attention:
-The Chuck sometimes falls out in the middle of operations (doh!). I have not one clue how this thing is put together.

-The arm won’t lock on a horizontal plane. It moved and slips diagonally. I think it must be missing a clamp somewhere.

- belt needs to be replaced. What?

-the rust. Ugh.


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#1 posted 03-29-2016 03:05 AM

Snoopy, looks like you have a radial drill press, here is a link for one like yours. The clamp on yours is missing, or at least I can’t see it in the picture, it would stop it from twisting and hold it in place. Here is the link: http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=15671

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AtlantaSnoopy

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 05:15 AM

I looked all over that website for a manual (they have a list of extinct manuals). . It seemed like they had just about every model from 1923 to the end of the century…except for this one! Such s bummer.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 07:02 AM

I see at least 5 documents for the 11-280 over there:
http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1141&tab=3
(Click on the filter drop down and select “Drill, Radial”)

Including a manual for it here

Serial number makes it a 1968 model.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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AtlantaSnoopy

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 04:59 PM

Thanks! I feel so stupid because I really did spend hours on that website. It didn’t occur to me to choose the radial section. Ah well, not the first time for feeling like a dummy . The documents there are ok but the most comprehensive one had a different head, is it still accurate for the operational components? The other ones looked less comprehensive but they did have diagrams (good). How do I get parts that are long discontinued by the manufacturer and not available in the private or public market? Are there places that fabricate parts? Or can I substitute parts that “fit?” Are there people out there who recondition or tune up old machines?

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 06:10 PM

Most parts are standard off the shelf hardware store items, or can be sourced from places like McMaster Carr, Graingers, etc… and while sometimes you can’t find an exact OEM replacement, you can get stuff that is close enough unless you are looking for a museum restoration result. For machine specific parts, making them is always an option. Having a metal turning lathe and welder comes in pretty handy when dealing with vintage machines! You can also find parts in the BOYD section (buy/sell/trade area) over at the OWWM site… either from someone who has NOS parts stashed away or parting out a machine, or others who fabricate various parts. Placing a want to buy ad will usually get you what you need as well. Most of the guys (and gals) over at OWWM have a real passion for vintage machines and will do whatever they can to help you out finding/fixing pretty much anything you might run up against.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 06-11-2016 04:36 PM

I also have a delta 11-280 drill press runs great but I am looking for a Mortise attachment for it. if my measurements are correct it has a 43.5 millimeter Quill.

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