Buying used - old 15 1/2 in Sears/Craftsman Drill press - Seeking general advice

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Forum topic by LibertySings posted 10-11-2016 12:35 PM 783 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2016 12:35 PM

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Hi all!

New sub here… I’m an aspiring woodworker with a bit of experience and a love for anything handmade. I love what I’ve seen in the forums so far. Such a great knowledge pool. Thought this would be a good envirmonment for a question I have….

Looking to expand my shop and invest in my first drill press. I’ve come across one in particular that caught my eye. It’s an old Craftsman 15 1/2 in press. I haven’t gotten a model number from the seller yet but I’ve attached what pictures I have.

Seeking general advice… dunno if there’s still some Craftsman fans out there any longer, but I M partial as long as they’re from USA. It’s what I grew up around. It’s seems in ok condition, I know to check for general functionality, a straight spindle, any strange motor noises… but anything else would really help!

The other reason I’m interested in this one is the price…. very affordable, but that makes me weary. Seller says all is good, but he would say that. Haha. Lookong to buy in about a week, again would appreciate any advice.

Thanks all!

-- "Just shut up and make something..."

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#1 posted 10-11-2016 01:35 PM

My old C’man DP is by King Seely. It is a beast, and heavy.
Might suggest that ya try a link belt. Did put one on mine, and it sure did cut the vibration. Since I don’t use it every day, I was getting a “set” in the V belt which caused some vibes.


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#2 posted 10-11-2016 01:59 PM

Old c’man drill presses were workhorses and that’s a good one. 15 1/2 is a big throat which is awesome but can also lead to some issues over time with the spindle no longer being perpendicular to the table. Not a hard thing to fix but something to watch out for. If it’s for woodworking, you’re probably gonna wanna add a bigger auxiliary table anyway.

The main thing to check for is runout or “wobble” in the spindle. Check it all the way up and fully extended. There will be some on a DP that old but, if it’s too bad, you’ll never be happy with the machine.

You didn’t mention the asking price but, as long as the price is fair and everything seems to be in working order, I’d go for it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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