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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 11-17-2012 01:52 AM 920 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2012 01:52 AM

What would Lumberjocks Do?????

Just bought this Grizzly drill press at a fire-sale price. It came with shown aux table. I’m THRILLED with the machine, but there is one small issue…...The handles (levers) on the right side of the machine don’t clear the fence on the aux table unless I’m using longer bits (such as standard length spade bits). Even then, it only clears by a whisker. Run-of-the-mill bits make it necessary to move the table closer to the chuck. Thats when the problem presents. Larger workpieces allow the fence to be positioned further away from the chuck which allows the the levers to clear. Thinner workpieces are the issue.

Bottom line is I seem to have three choices:

1- Cut notch in the fence (1.5×1.5”). This would be the easiest. But also the laziest/sloppiest. It would also, to some degree, limit the performance of the fence.

2- Cut 1” or so off the levers, then epoxy the knobs back on. Fairly easy too, but far less sloppy. I’m currently leaning in this direction. I just wonder if the 1” will have an appreciable effect on leverage?

3- Buy shorter levers. Available on ebay for $20.

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 01:56 AM

Can’t you move the fence to the left? Looks like you might have an inch or two to play with…

Or better yet… How about moving the entire table surface to the left? Just move the mounting holes/bolts…

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 01:59 AM

Can u remove 2 of the 3 handle spindles while using just 1 spindly to lower the chuck into your work piece. We do it this way on one of our smaller DP and it works just fine.

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 02:01 AM

bend the handles

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 02:07 AM

That looks like my drill press and I do what Jerry suggests.

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 02:20 AM

Mike- The camera angle makes it difficult to see- I would have to move the fence so far that it would disengage the fence mount. No Go. I could move the entire table, but then I’d be drilling into the laminated section of the fence, near the T-track. It woud defeat the purpose of the replaceable insert.

Jerry- Yeah, I could do that. I honestly didn’t even consider it until you mentioned it. Good work-around. However, I’m sort of inclined to fix the issue permanently.

Charlie- That might actually work. but knowing my luck, the lever would snap when I attempted to bend it.

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 02:22 AM

Just remove one handle. That’s what I did and I do not miss it.

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#7 posted 11-17-2012 07:54 AM

I’d be very surprised if those handles would snap with a moderate bend. They’re not hardened steel, probably just mild steel with a chrome finish. A good, controlled way to make such a bend is to clamp the bar solidly in a sturdy vice, then slip a long piece of steel pipe over it and bend away. No reason to make a sharp bend; a sweeping bend would do the trick. The way to do that is not to slide the pipe right up against the vice, but stay out from the vice a couple of inches with the end of the pipe. If you should break a handle, then I apologize and take back my suggestion.

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#8 posted 11-17-2012 03:14 PM

Don’t modify the press at all!

The problem is the fence. There is no reason a drill press needs a tall fence.
For 95% or more of drilling operations a simple short fence will suffice. My fence is 1 1/2” tall and I never felt it needed to be taller:

Looking back now, I haven’t used the stops all the much on the fence and would leave out the t-track, so you could easily make a good fence in about 20 minutes taking your time.

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 03:21 PM

Smaller fence.

+1 for NiteWalker

Or, turn the existing fence 90 degrees and lay it
flat so.

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