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Daddyswoodshop

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01-10-2017 02:18 PM

So I bought a porter cable drill press from lowes about a month ago. Set it up and it worked fine.

Here’s where I go ahead and say, yes, I know I’m stupid.

I was attempting to drill a straight hole in a piece of heart pine with a 4 inch hole saw bit. The. It caught, snatched up the wood and stopped the motor. I cut the press off immediately. It bent my bit and something else in the press. I ordered a new arbor but it still wobbles. Any advice on what to replace next? I know I damaged the press myself and I don’t mind paying for whatever I need to fix it. I just don’t want to buy a ton of stuff that won’t do the trick.

Any advice? By the way, I don’t have a way to measure the wobble, but it’s noticeable.


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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 02:24 PM

That sucks. I hope you get it fixed. I’ve got that same drill press and am really satisfied with it. Did you have that work piece clamped to the table. I’ve used a 3” Forstner bit to hollow out sections of Birch limbs. I have to use clamps to keep the piece from spinning and racking.

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Daddyswoodshop

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 02:27 PM

It was clamped. But not very well. I used several blocks of wood clamp together to the table. So the board set in a slot.

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EugdOT

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 03:26 PM

If it’s under a month why don’t you return it and get a replacement? I believe it’s 90 days to return at lowe’s and it should show up on your credit card for a verified purchase.

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Daddyswoodshop

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 03:48 PM

I thought about that but since I damaged it, I just don’t feel right returning it.

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WhyMe

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#5 posted 01-10-2017 03:57 PM


I thought about that but since I damaged it, I just don t feel right returning it.

- Daddyswoodshop

You’re a good man and I feel your pain. I would have thought replacing the arbor would fix it. Did it mess up the chuck and that’s not true on the arbor.

Took a look at the part diagram and you may have bent the spindle assembly. Can you see wobble in the end of the spindle without the arbor installed?

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TravisH

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#6 posted 01-10-2017 05:19 PM

I wished others shared your’e beliefs, mine also, when it comes to this sort of issue and returning items. Have to agree with above and the spindle assembly.

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Bill1974

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#7 posted 01-10-2017 05:40 PM

you can purchase a dial indicator and magnet stand for it from Harbor Freight for cheap to find out what is messed up.

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Daddyswoodshop

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#8 posted 01-10-2017 05:49 PM

I will pull the chuck off and check it tonight and check it without the arbor installed. I’m not even sure how to use a dial indicator but I assume it would come with directions.

I’ve looked at the parts diagram and I can order a new spindle assembly for it. I just want to make sure that would fix it if I order one. And I’m not real excited about installation either. It looks kinda complicated. I guess it’s better than a wobbly drill press though. Hahaha

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jmalcolm001

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#9 posted 01-10-2017 05:49 PM



I thought about that but since I damaged it, I just don t feel right returning it.

- Daddyswoodshop

Why do you think that you damaged it? Was there something in the manual that said do not try to use a 4” hole saw? I think it should have been able to handle a 4” hole saw as long as the item is clamped down and you go slow. You have 90 days to return it at Lowes. I would return it as defective.

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BurlyBob

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#10 posted 01-10-2017 05:51 PM

As others have said. I respect your ethics. Only wish more were like you. Here’s hoping your repairs don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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Daddyswoodshop

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#11 posted 01-10-2017 06:20 PM

As far as how I damaged it, the profile picture I have is a 3 3/4” diameter candle recessed about 3 inches into the end of a block of a heart pine beam. I did that one by hand. I was making another using the drill press. There wasn’t a great way to hold the block steady. I clamped boards to the table and set the block in the hole. Then held the block in place. It didn’t hold good enough. The hole saw bit caught something in the wood and twisted the block out of the brace I had made. The bit bent over and the motor stopped. When I took that bit out and put a different bit in, it was out of true probably a half inch. I replaced the arbor and it’s still probably 1/8 of wobble. Enough to not be able to use it.

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 01-10-2017 06:44 PM

Next time get a Forstner bit.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Daddyswoodshop

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#13 posted 01-11-2017 12:52 AM

So I think I may have found my problem. I’m too cheap to buy a indicator for one time use unless I have to. So I clamped a jig to my table close to the chuck and rotated the press by hand. Chuck deviates by about 1/8 inch at the tip.

Removed chuck. Arbor deviates less.

Removed arbor. The shaft that the arbor sticks into (spindle???) deviates slightly also.

Anyone ever changed a spindle assembly on the porter cable press before? It’s 50 bucks and some change for a replacement assembly.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 01-11-2017 05:19 PM

Having a dial indicator comes in handy for many different types of work. For less than $15 this little guy travels all over the shop to check this or that.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Karda

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#15 posted 01-11-2017 06:33 PM

return the drill tell them what happened if they consider it abuse they will not refund but the saw is still under warenty it shouldn’t have happened could be something wrong with the DP

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