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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 03-15-2017 04:13 AM 492 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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03-15-2017 04:13 AM

Just watched a video on a new drill press with someone demonstrating it’s variable speed feature. While viewing this video, it suddenly donned on me that my old Shopsmith is very much the same when set up as a drill press. Variable speed control and all. Well, not all. There is no bright light or lazer on my shopsmith. : (

I don’t use the Shopsmith much because I have an old Craftsman set up for my woodworking. So I have been using it. I’ve been thinking about how I can make my drill press safer. Two days ago, I had left the chuck key in and turned it on. The key flew past me and hit something about fifteen feet away. Close and that’s the second time I did that. I’m thinking I should just buy a keyless chuck. Anyway, that whole experience is what led me to look at other drill presses online.


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 11:10 AM

The key on my drill press has a spring in it that pushes the key out of the chuck if you let go of it.

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 12:19 PM

Easy solution, put in a precision keyless chuck prob solved.

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htl

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 12:23 PM

I have the opposite problem.
I take the chuck out and carry it to my work table, then go back to the SS drill with out the chuck. Grrrrrr!
A much safer problem but one none the less.

You might tie a string to it so it will hang down and get in your way to remind you to take it out.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 12:24 PM

Which drill press were you watching a video about? I’m wanting to upgrade and have been looking around. Variable speed is one of the must haves for the next one.

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 01:28 PM

Thanks guys for the comments. A good keyless chuck may be in the future for the old Craftsman. I might not be so lucky if I do that head up you know where thing again.

I saw it in a magazine I have. It is a Powermatic PM2800B. There is a video online at the PM site. Nice drill press but I was just struck by how similar it is to the Shopsmith in how the speed control works.

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htl

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 01:53 PM

May want to check if the drill is slower than the SS, this would be a plus.
The new SS can go even slower but the $$$ is way high.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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bonesbr549

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 01:59 PM



Thanks guys for the comments. A good keyless chuck may be in the future for the old Craftsman. I might not be so lucky if I do that head up you know where thing again.

I saw it in a magazine I have. It is a Powermatic PM2800B. There is a video online at the PM site. Nice drill press but I was just struck by how similar it is to the Shopsmith in how the speed control works.

- BlasterStumps

I have th e2800b and they both have reeves drives which is demondstrated here. They avoid the need to change the pully belts. Its a sweet drill press. If your press has a standard taper, you are in luck and I don’t miss the key at all!
https://youtu.be/M8ExzaUq5GI

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 01:59 PM

LMAO @ Bruce …..what is not way high $$$$$$$$$$ today ??? :<))

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 02:06 PM

I can vouch for the pm2800b I picked one up last month and love it the keyless chuckj is awesome, chuck works fine down past 1/32nd bits. The laser system is nice but you have to realign it every time you use it as the heights are changing.

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