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CyBorge

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1544 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: drill press table clamp

My neighbor generously gave an old, but working, drill press to me when he found out I was getting started in woodworking. Only problem is, the clamp that holds the table to the column or guide post (whatever you want to call that main shaft) is cracked. It’s holding for now, but it looks bad enough that it will probably fall apart completely with enough use.

Does anyone know a company that sells these things? Every time I do a web search for “drill press table clamp” it returns clamps that hold work pieces to a table instead of ones that support the table itself.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"


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live4ever

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#1 posted 1544 days ago

What’s the make and model? Knowing that, there’s a good chance you can find the exact or equivalent part on this site:

www.ereplacementparts.com

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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OutPutter

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#2 posted 1544 days ago

I’d Google the name of the maker or anything else printed on the drill press. It’s amazing sometimes what the maker will do for product support. If that doesn’t work, try drill press parts or something like that.

Good luck,

-- Jim

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 1544 days ago

I remember seeing an old drill press with the table held in place with “Kee Clamp”, which is a pretty cool selection of cast aluminum fittings for pipe structures. This is what contractors use when fabricating railings, fences or scaffolds, using regular black-iron pipe. If you measure your post diameter, and do a google search for “Kee Clamp” you’ll likely find a industrial retailer where you live. They hold fast with allen-head set screws, perhaps not as convenient as the screw clamp, but you’ll find a configuration with a platform 90 degrees to the centerline of your column, on which you can re-mount your table. Or… can the crack be heliarc welded? I assume it’s cast iron.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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CyBorge

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#4 posted 1544 days ago

Unfortunately, I don’t know what the brand is (unless it’s “China”). There are two stickers. The one near the drill part tells me it is a 5-speed drill press, model ZJ4110, with a 1/3 HP motor and a Morse 2a (I think?) spindle. The bottom half of that sticker seems to be missing. The other sticker is affixed to the motor housing. It provides motor-specific details, including a brand (Wagner), but I’m not sure Wagner makes or made drill presses. My neighbor did tell me that he replaced the motor at one time.

I found some pictures of a very similar drill press here. There are a few differences (green versus red, and bench height versus floor height), but the majority is extremely close. Does anybody recognize this thing?

Welding is an interesting idea. I have never welded anything in my life, but I can ask my neighbor (the same one who gave me the press), because he is a very experienced welder. The bulk of the crack starts at the hole where the handle attaches to the clamp.

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richgreer

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#5 posted 1544 days ago

I cannot see the crack in the pictures but I would not be surprised if it could be repaired by welding. A welding shop could probably fix it in a couple of minutes for a couple of dollars.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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live4ever

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#6 posted 1544 days ago

Harbor Freight/Central Machinery is your manufacturer.

I don’t see it on any of the parts sites. However, it seems the table and the locking “collar” (the part you say is cracked) are sold as one part. That can be somewhat pricey. For example, for my current model Delta benchtop drill press, a new table + collar costs $117 from one parts website. They don’t seem to split up the collar and table.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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CyBorge

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#7 posted 1544 days ago

Sorry if I wasn’t clear. The drill press shown in those pictures is not mine; it is just one I found online that looks like it. I posted it for reference because I haven’t been able to identify the brand.

I will definitely look into the welding avenue.

On a side note, it appears someone spray painted mine red before it was given to me. The original color is blue. I’m not sure if that helps identify the brand or not.

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OutPutter

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#8 posted 1544 days ago

Cy,

What live4ever is telling you is that when you Google the model number, you find it’s from Haribol Freight. Like I said, you should always Google anything you find. Good luck.

-- Jim

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bigike

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#9 posted 1543 days ago

make one from plywood with a kerf in the back of it and then put a bolt through it to tighten on the shaft.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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CyBorge

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#10 posted 1543 days ago

Thanks for the input, Jim. My previous post was actually in response to Rich; live4ever must have posted at the same time as me, so I didn’t see his post until later.

Googling the model number was the first thing I did. Well, second, as I looked for generic clamp replacement first. In this case there were a few references to Harbor Freight, but not very many, and none I found that looked particularly reputable/trustworthy. Many of them only mentioned Harbor Freight in the page title, with no mention at all after following the link to the page itself. I also found some that put the word “China” where the manufacturer should be, and at least one that suggested Laguna is the manufacturer. Believe me, I searched, and the results were unsatisfactory. So, I came here to hopefully get a more straight-forward and reliable answer from the long-time pro’s.

At any rate, that’s all beside the point. I will ask my neighbor if it can be welded. Failing that, I will try to contact Harbor Freight to see if they have replacement parts. If that doesn’t get me anywhere, maybe Ebay or Craig’s List? A home-built wood replacement is not be a bad idea at all, and it might give me more flexibility. I’m just not sure how to make it strong enough. I’ll think about that option.

I actually wouldn’t mind replacing the whole stand for a benchtop version. This seems like such a space waster.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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OutPutter

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#11 posted 1543 days ago

I gotcha CyBorge. You know, I haven’t found much my little bench top can’t do. Craig’s list 50 bucks. Good luck.

-- Jim

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wch

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#12 posted 1543 days ago

It’s probably quite similar to a drill press sold by Grizzly. I recently bought a tiny benchtop 1/3HP drill press from Harbor Freight, and I found that most of the small drill presses out there are basically the same, with different cosmetics. At any rate, this one at Grizzly looks just like the one I bought:
http://grizzly.com/products/5-Speed-Baby-Drill-Press/G7942

Grizzly sells parts for these drill presses as well, at very reasonable rates. (There’s a “Purchase Parts” link on that page.) The part you need is the clamping sleeve, which is $4.50. You might also need a new table if the one you have doesn’t attach the same way, and that’s $6.50. You’ll have to make sure that the column on your drill press is the same diameter, of course. If you take a look at the PDF spec sheet, you’ll see that the diameter of the column is 1.81 inches (just about 46mm). So if yours is the same, you should be able to just buy those parts.

Even though my HF model looks the same as the Grizzly drill press, I just measured the diameter of my column to be 1.89 inches, or 48.0mm. I don’t know if a 2mm difference is too much for the same clamp to work on both columns. But at any rate, Grizzly carries a lot of different drill presses, so you should probably be able to find a one that has the same column diameter as yours. I’ve never bought anything from them, but I’ve heard the people there are quite knowledgeable, so you may be able to call and ask them for help finding a part that fits.

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davcefai

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#13 posted 1542 days ago

The only possible downside to welding that I can see is that heating the clamp may alter the characteristics of the metal.

My friendly tool shop manager once told me that the spare parts they sell most for drill presses are in fact these clamps. According to him people tend to overtighten them.

All in all you have nothing to lose by trying to weld the clamp but I suggest you find a first-class welder to do it. He will know how best to avoid any possible adverse consequences.

-- David

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