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Forum topic by bigjoe4265 posted 06-11-2010 03:18 AM 4617 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2010 03:18 AM

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All,

I’ve located a Rockwell Delta 14” Floor drill press for $100. I believe it is circa 1954 and the model is 14-208 (s/n 113-7081). Looks to be in excellent working condition. Do you think this is a good purchase?

Thanks for your input,

Bigjoe


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#1 posted 06-11-2010 03:51 AM

Big Joe

I would ask this same question on a different site…go to owwm.com the people there will be able to tell you anything and everything you need to know about older wood working tools. I have an older (72) unisaw that I have rebuilt (with the help from many on owwm) and am a huge fan of older tools, that being said I still have reservations on buying an “old” drill press. It seems to me that the newer (and much more expensive) drills are more accurate and have some great features such as variable speed and laser indicators. Good luck on your potential purchase!!

-- Branum

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 03:56 AM

Thanks Branum, that’s where I was researching this press. I may opt to save up my nickles and dimes for a Powermatic or settle for the Ridgid. I’d like to avoid the latter, as I can’t bring myself to buy anything not made in the U.S., however money is certainly a factor.

Bigjoe

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 04:17 AM

Big Joe

Yea good luck on the ol made in the USA any more. Just to spite the middle class that expected a working wage the ceo’s moved on over to cheap labor and cheap materials in china and elsewhere. I just got the P-C 34` 15gauge angled finishing nailer and on the product spec label it says “made in mexico”....very very sad. I am a huge fan though of Powermatic. I do believe they are still built here. You could try Wilton but they are more geared to metal working and I think they were bought out by Jet so it may say made in china on the label. Good luck!!!!!!

-- Branum

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 04:28 AM

Powermatic is still made here. So is the Woodmaster planer, however they use Milwaukee routers which I know are made in China. I’ve been trying to find out about the Freeman air nailers. I see them at Eagle America. Have you heard anything about this brand through the grapevine?

Bigjoe

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 05:36 AM

Hi Bigjoe…..Last week I ended up buying a Rockwell 15 ” Drill press off of Craigslist for $100.00.
Like you I absolutly hate the idea of buying anything from China or Any place other than USA, or Canada.
The press that I bought turned out to be a good buy for me. I am a little cheap whenever I can be, and coming from the Pittsburgh area it is nice to buy a Rockwell tool (they happen to have that little tag that says Pittsburgh).
My suggestion for you would be to make sure the motor is good, then run the chuck out and make sure that it is true, then the spindle needs to move freely…..otherwise what is left???
Don’t be afraid to buy an older Rockwell or Delta…..not only were they made in the USA, they were made to be used heavily and they were made to last.

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