Old Rockwell drill press Loose Quill

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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 03-26-2010 03:23 AM 3187 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2010 03:23 AM

I hava an old Rockell drill press that has a quill that seems “loose” in the housing. Is there any way to adjust the clearance between the quill and its housing on these older drill presses ??

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 07:54 PM

Try these guys, They will probably be able to help.

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 05:19 PM

What I have heard is that older and some of the new high-end drill presses offer a split casting at the bottom to allow “squeezing” the casting tighter to adjust for wear. The ‘58 Westcraft that I just restored does not have this feature but the quill was nice and tight.

I’ve also heard that all newer drill presses have much more slop in the quill than what was ever accepted on old drill presses. Ahhh, progress…

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