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Forum topic by tooldad posted 06-03-2010 05:03 AM 4543 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tooldad

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06-03-2010 05:03 AM

I know the guy from Eagle Lake Woodworking used a cordless drill to create a power lift for the router. Does anyone with a street or “shop” level engineering degree have any ideas what could be done to do the same with the table on the drill press.

Thanks for any input


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#1 posted 06-03-2010 05:06 AM

That would be interesting

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 05:11 AM

I ask this because the most recent design for the lift mechanism always seems to come loose and ends up bending. It did this on both of our drill presses, 2 different brands, Ridgid and Delta. In my opinion it is just a piss poor design. Yes I know it allows the table to pivot, but honestly most of use just need the table to go up and down.

Guess what Ridgid’s answer was. Put some heavy zip ties or hose clamps around the top and bottom of the gear track. Yes that works, but why don’t they design them better. Because after they are bent, it is hell trying to crank that table up.

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 07:50 AM

I would think a scissor jack would do the job. Try one out of the wrecking yard for a couple of bucks. Is your DP a floor or bench model? Depending on the size of car, you should get about 12-14” of height adjustment.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 09:13 AM

Just replace the crank arm with a hex head, then use a hex driver in the drill to run it up and down.

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 04:22 AM

I’m looking into the same thing. My drill press table hasn’t changed in 50 years but I sure have! That thing gets heavier and heavier.

I’ve been looking at one of the trailer jacks from Harbor Freight (http://www.harborfreight.com/2000-lb-a-frame-trailer-jack-with-side-wind-handle-95157.html) that lists a 14” lift height. Its only $20 and look like with a little additional work it could be made into what is needed.

Or this one (http://www.harborfreight.com/3500-lb-capacity-drop-leg-trailer-jack-3961.html) which is $30 but appears to have an additional height adjustment. It might be better.

Rufus

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tooldad

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 04:24 AM

one of my thoughts was the trailer jack option, but use the electric jack. I have one that I haven’t gotten welded on my trailer yet. Would need to have a 12v transformer.

Might try the hex bolt option. Thanks for the suggestion

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 12:49 AM

Howze about one of these:

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?item=5-1749&catname=electric

30” of stroke, 230 pounds of lift capability?

H’mmm sounds like a winner!

chris

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