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08-07-2017 10:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vintage antique cast iron restore refurbish

I have a Walker-Turner drill press I picked up at an auction a few years ago. I recently took it out and started looking around online for information on it. I know next to nothing about old tools and I am having trouble finding information about this drill press. I’ve tried OWWM and Vintage Machinery. OWWM hasn’t responded to my request to join and I can’t nail down the model or age of this press on vintage machinery. It has an old Montgomery-Ward 1/3 HP motor on it. I’ll post a few pictures with this and would appreciate any information you can give me. If this is the wrong place for these kind of questions please just point me in the right direction.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas


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#1 posted 08-07-2017 11:09 PM

Those sites are run by volunteers and dealings
with the admins can take a few days.

I think it’s a “Driver Line” model which was
a line of entry-level tools that could all share
one motor driving a line shaft on a bench.
It was kind of interesting. I guess motors
were kinda pricey back in the 1940s or
whenever.

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 11:22 PM

What size is it – that will help you narrow it down (measure from center of chuck to column and then multiply by two). Once you know the size, scan through the Walker Turner drill press photos over at the VM site to see if you can find a match (click here). Once you have a relative year/model number, you can search for an owners manual and look through the catalogs over there as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 08-07-2017 11:48 PM

Ok. That explains why I couldn’t find any mention of Montgomery Ward making a motor for a Walker-Turner drill press. Also the motor and the mount on the press don’t quite match up.

It’s a 15” press. I’ve gone through the photos on the VM site but can’t find anything that looks the same. I didn’t try catalogs though. I’ll give that a shot.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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#4 posted 08-08-2017 12:19 AM

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#5 posted 08-08-2017 01:11 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/36753
- Loren

Pretty darn close, but the front casting is a bit different:

The 710/711 was also a 13” drill, not 15” :(

Certainly appears to be a rare beast. It really looks more like the 705:


(more can be seen here)

Here is the catalog picture:

Although according to the catalog, it was only a 13” (6-1/2” from chuck to column) as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 08-08-2017 01:56 AM

Thanks MrUnix! I was measuring from the center of the column to the center of the chuck. The correct measurement is 13” As far as I can tell it is the 705 just with a couple knobs shaped a little differently (maybe replaced?) and a different pulley on the motor shaft. From what I can find it was introduced in the 1934 catalog, appears in the 1935, VM doesn’t have the 1936, and is replaced by the 710 in the 1937 catalog. So I guess it would have been made in 1933, ‘34, or possibly ‘35? Quite a bit older than I imagined it was. I almost sent it to the scrapyard a few times. Now I’m glad I didn’t!

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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#7 posted 08-08-2017 02:17 AM

I was measuring from the center of the column to the center of the chuck.

LOL – well, that explains a lot :)

The correct measurement is 13” As far as I can tell it is the 705 just with a couple knobs shaped a little differently (maybe replaced?) and a different pulley on the motor shaft.

There is no telling what may or may not have been done to a machine over the years by previous owners – particularly one that is 80+ years old! And don’t put too much faith in the catalog pictures, as they are typically a pretty poor indication of what a machine really looked like in the wild… typesetting and graphics were way expensive back then, so they frequently re-used stock photos and didn’t always show the latest changes or modifications. Finding an unmolested and all original machine is pretty rare these days.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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