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HarleySoftailDeuce

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02-18-2017 12:26 AM

Hello LJ members and friends,

I need to offset my drill press table for some custom drilling. My problem is the vertical gearing for the up and down of the table (Z to cad programmers). Is there a way this can be moved ?

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island


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patron

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 01:53 AM

don’t have one myself
but the ones i’ve seen
the notched rack stays with the table
and turns with it
sliding around the post
that should be like yours
it could just be stuck from some minor rust

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 02:43 AM

Hello from Bristol, Rhode Island !!
Thanks for the tip. I found the original pamphlet and it’s not a Craftsman…but a Delta….boy am I getting old or what ?? I’ll spray the base with some WD 40…that should do it.

Keep makin’ sawdust!

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 03:31 AM

With nothing to jam it, the rack will move around the column like David said.

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 10:14 PM

Thanks papadan….

I gently tapped the top & bottom; they did not budge. As stated earlier… a shot of WD 40 might just do the trick. I’m glad LJ members are always here for when we all need some help. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 10:40 PM

To help your WD40 and your mallet, try applying force using the hand crank. Place a chunk of 2×4 under the table and then lower the table onto the 2×4, effectively trying to lift the drill press, but only a bit!) with the table while you tap the pinion rack sideways, first from one side at the top, then the other side at the bottom, then switch it up.

You can also jam the 2×4 between the table and the head of the machine.

After I rotate my table freely, I have a bit of space between the pinion rack and the post, but it has never affected function.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#6 posted 02-18-2017 10:49 PM

I did remember that an old benchtop press I had, did have the pinion gear set into a groove to prevent the table from rotating around the column.

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#7 posted 02-18-2017 11:02 PM

Thanks Patron, papadan & Kent for your help….should work.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#8 posted 02-18-2017 11:25 PM

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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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