Need to find a new motor for my Delta drillpress

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Forum topic by crmygdnss posted 03-25-2008 02:03 AM 7307 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2008 02:03 AM

So there I am, happily drilling 2 1/2 inch holes in logs for some pretty cool tea light rustic candle holders, when the white smoke appeared and whisked the life right out of my drill press.

Well it’s pretty reliable and I’m happy with it, plus I have a mortising rig for it, so I’d like to see if I can salvage my press.

It’s a delta, 12” benchtop drill press I bought about 6 years ago at Lowes. I don’t mind replacing it if the motor will cost more than $100, but anything less and it doesn’t make sense throwing it out. But I can’t find a replacement motor anywhere!


-- I love woodworking. Except sanding, gluing, cutting long stock, finishing, detail work, sawdust, the cost and loss of time. :)

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 02:38 AM

There are several places to get a replacement motor that will work. Grizzly carries motors. Some are pricey, some not. Also has a good selection of motors. I have bought a few motors from them and I’m going to order another for my under powered Grizzly drill press. Beware, though, they have a lot of neat stuff.

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 02:41 AM

I tried as well but couldn’t find a motor. Mine died just like yours. I just set it out in the trash and it disappeared during the night. If someone else made it work that is ok with me. I went out and bought another one. At $179 (Lowe’s) these are really designed to be tossed rather than repaired which is why I suspect the motor is hard to find.

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 02:45 AM

Which stinks, I really don’t want to pitch it.

-- I love woodworking. Except sanding, gluing, cutting long stock, finishing, detail work, sawdust, the cost and loss of time. :)

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 05:55 AM

Grainger has motors for most applications at a fair price

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 02:58 PM

If as I suspect, your drill press is powered with a universal type electric motor, repair and replacement is a big problem. Universal motors are not a good choice for stationary power tools. They have brushes, are very noisy, and have a much shorter life than the Induction type motor. Universal motors are not standardized, greatly complicating replacement. Induction motors are standardized by NEMA and virtually any electric motor repair shop can repair or replace the motor.

When shopping for tools, it is a good idea to take the type of motor into strong consideration.

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