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Forum topic by Andybb posted 06-05-2017 10:02 PM 983 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andybb

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06-05-2017 10:02 PM

My drill press was binding when raising and lowering the spindle. It appears that the top portion which rides up and down into the top pulley shaft has twisted like a licorice stick. Pretty sure this is from having the spindle fully extended at high speed with a rather large hole saw in the chuck binding on tough wood.

Any of you metal knowledgeable folks out there have an idea on how to coax it back? Torch & pipe wrench? Or….????

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!


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#1 posted 06-05-2017 10:50 PM

Never mind. Easily fixed with a torch and pipe wrench! :-)

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 10:54 PM

I would do neither.

You could try both but I wouldn’t expect a favorable result.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 06:34 PM

That will be real tough to straighten. You would need something with the spine in it that could be torqued on that will twist it back without damaging the splines. Can you buy a new quill for it?

Jim

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Andybb

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 11:54 PM


That will be real tough to straighten. You would need something with the spine in it that could be torqued on that will twist it back without damaging the splines. Can you buy a new quill for it?

Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Thanks Jim. That’s exactly what I did. I heated it up and and put the fitting that the spline goes into on it and gave it a gentle twist with a big pipe wrench. Good as new. Took 5 mins. Eazy squeezy. :-) Works fine now. I paid $50 for the press 30 years ago so it doesn’t owe me a thing. I just asked a little too much of it with the combo of high speed, big hole saw, hard wood and at the end of the spindle travel.

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