Delta 17-965 floor drill press - $200 Craigslist find

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Forum topic by noone posted 07-02-2016 04:17 PM 3184 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2016 04:17 PM

I just bought this drill press, a Delta 17-965 for $200. Appeared to be in good shape. Came with a shop made mobile base which was a nice bonus. The runout looked to be about .002-.003 as expected. Now that I have it home, I am noticing that the up and down action is not smooth and is rather creaky in some sections of the travel. It’s completely usable, but I would like to fix this if possible. Is there a way I can fix this? Was this a good price considering the latest 3/4 HP 17” drill press is 1k?

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#1 posted 07-02-2016 05:12 PM

Hey Noone

I would open it up and see about lubing the rack and pinion gear that moves the quill up and down. Drill presses are pretty straight forward.

As far as the price – its fantastic! With a minor amount of TLC you will have a really sweet machine for a quarter or less of what you would have paid if you bought it new, and from the pic it looks to be in great shape. Great find and congratulations! Did that little table come with it as well? That is pretty handy too. I would be very happy with this if I were you.


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#2 posted 07-02-2016 05:16 PM

Thanks Joe. It came with everything you see. Thanks for validating what I thought was a good deal!

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