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Forum topic by rlrjr posted 02-21-2011 04:59 AM 3045 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rlrjr

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02-21-2011 04:59 AM

I just bought this drill press and put it together this morning. The problem I’m having is that I am not sure which v-belt goes on which side when changing the RPM speeds because the two belts are of different sizes. (There is virtually nothing in the manual that refers to anything about this except a chart that shows the placement of the belts and on which groove on the pulleys to put them to achieve the desired speed. There are 12 different speed settings.) The center pulley rotates 360 degrees so even when swapping the belts from side to side I didn’t see any difference. Have I answered my own question? It really doesn’t make any difference which side a belt goes on?
Also, this thing is pretty noisy. Although this is the first drill press I’ve ever owned and have not been around them a whole lot but I would have expected this machine to be a little quieter than it is. Changing the RPM’s up and down does not change the noise level. I took both belts off and just turned the motor on and it is as quiet as one would expect. The center pulley rotates and spins freely and the pulley for the chuck is well greased from the factory and also spins freely. Is this noise level normal? Should I expect a “break-in” period where things may quiet down somewhat?
On a different note, maybe I can contribute a little experience that may help others. How does one person handle very heavy equipment by themselves? The band saw came in a box that weighed over 200 pounds and was put on my pickup with a fork lift at the UPS depot. I’m 68 years old and my wife is 66. I backed the truck up to the door of the shop as close as I could get it and between my wife and I we got it through the door and that was it. There it sat. My son-in-law said that he would help me put it together but, of course, it would be on his schedule and not mine. I opened the box and took out all the small parts which was only the base stand which was made of sheet metal so it didn’t weigh much. The rest of it was in one piece. Once I put the stand together the problem was to get the band saw up on it to bolt it down.
So I went to WalMart and for $29.99 I bought a boat winch. When I got home I cut a left-over piece of 4×4 to a length that would stretch across two rafters in the ceiling (8’ ceiling with drop-down ceiling panels). I drilled 4 holes in the 4×4 that matched the pattern on the winch and bolted them down with 4” bolts. I got the step ladder and placed the 4×4 cross-ways over two of the ceiling joists with the 4×4 extending about 6” over the rafter on each side. The winch was rated at 1500 pounds. I was able to stand the shipping box up on one end and cut the cardboard away from the saw and tipped it slightly and “walked” it over to where it was under the winch, wrapped the nylon webbing around the saw to where it would be fairly upright while being suspended in mid-air, moved the stand under the saw and lowered the saw to within 1/2 ” of the top of the stand. I used two more 4” bolts to hold the saw in position over the stand and lowered the saw and bolted it down to the stand tightly. Voila!. When the Shop Fox mobile stand came in I assembled it and did the same procedure lifting the saw and lowering it onto the mobile stand. It all worked like a charm; I didn’t dislocate my back doing it and I didn’t have to wait on my knuckle-head son-in-law to find time to give me a hand to do it.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 06:52 AM

Good counsel on the bandsaw. Might be a good separate thread, actually, inviting others to share their tricks.

As for the noise, when it’s running, try dampening the hinged lid with your hand. If that’s the culprit, it’s a matter of finding ways to make it not vibrate.

Re: the belts, I would think the idler pulley would be closer to one step pulley than the other. That would be the indicator which belt goes where.

That said, if it’s a bargain saw, you never know what delicious symphony of unusual parts may be in those little bags.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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rlrjr

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 11:49 PM

You are dead-on, Lee. The idler pulley is closer to the chuck pulley and that’s where I put the shorter belt. Also, I’ve noticed some very small bits of rubber coming off of the belts, probably from the edges as they seat into the grooves and running the drill today for a while it has quieted down a good bit and a lot of the vibration is gone. Just needed a little time to break-in I figure. Thanks for the heads-up on this.

Back at’cha,

Rick

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 02:03 AM

Bits of rubber? Doesn’t sound normalish, Rick. I’d suggest you turn it off and check the surfaces of the pulleys currently in use and see if there isn’t a burr or something in there. Your belts shouldn’t be molting this time of the year : ).

The smoothing out is from the belts getting warm and geting rid of the set. If this continues to be a problem, the fix is segmented belts, which don’t get that way.

Cheap belts won’t give you the best results where the bit meets the wood. You might consider upgrading there if you want more precision (and probably less noise).

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 05:19 AM

I don’t have any experience with segmented belts. Any suggestions as to where to get them?

Thanks, Rick

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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