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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-22-2008 06:15 AM 1594 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob

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05-22-2008 06:15 AM

I just bought a new-to-me drill press and it didn’t come with a manual. I’m not too familiar with the tool but it seems that the chuck doesn’t drop as far as it should when you pull the handle. Seems to go about an inch. I’m sure there is some adjustment I can make and I’m leaning toward playing with the silver plate with the two nuts on the left hand side. But before I do I just thought I would look to you fine people for enlightenment with this endeavour. Actually, any knowledge regarding this tool that you’ld like to throw my way would be appreciated. I’ll post a pic.

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#1 posted 05-22-2008 06:36 AM

I can’t make out the label on the press outside of 12 Speed, what make / model?

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#2 posted 05-22-2008 06:59 AM

The quill should travel at least 3-4”.

The round thing on the left side is your return spring to make the quill go back up when you let go.

The right side should have a wing nut to set the depth. Loosen it and you should have your full travel.

I can’t see it in the picture so it’s probably facing the rear. It might be broken off, I can’t tell from the picture.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-22-2008 07:07 AM

Gary,
Yes, there is a little wing nut toward the back of that handle. I’lll give that a try. So I gather that is how you adjust your depth of bore then. That’s very helpful.
Thanks,
Rob

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#4 posted 05-22-2008 07:57 PM

The wing nut on the back is for the belt tension. Where the hand wheel is there is a hook or something. Can you post a closer pic of that aera?

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#5 posted 05-23-2008 12:00 AM

Rob – Yes, that’s your depth stop. Loosen it, move to you depth and then spin the collar until it stops the re-tighten the wing nut.

Let me know whow it works for you.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-23-2008 05:16 AM

Gary, you were right on about the wing nut. I loosened it and got about 3 inches of travel. Thanks for your help.

Marcb, not that it matters now, but the make is Astro International. Ever heard of it? I’ve never, but it seems like a heavy duty machine to me so far; haven’t done much with it yet other than move it though.

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#7 posted 05-23-2008 07:32 PM

I believe Astro International was an importer like Harbor Freight. You might be able to dig around Harbo Freights website and find a match for your drill press and download a manual that way.

I’ve seen an Astro International Bandsaw, little 10 inch unit like the Black and Decker saws.

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