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Forum topic by danoaz posted 06-10-2013 06:44 PM 1032 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2013 06:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press clamp

I have a second hand DP that is the 13 inch Central Machinery. I didn’t realize it at the time I bought it but when I tighten the arm locking handle on the column the table is still loose and still swivels around the column. It is snug but still loose enough that a little tap will move it. It is a pretty straight forward locking clamp and so if that doesn’t tighten it I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 06:53 PM

Add a washer

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 07:40 PM

@bandit571 – what dumb duck I am. I put in 4 washers and really cranked on it and it seems to have done the trick. Doesn’t seem like I should have to really tighten it that much to get the effect but now I have it. Thanks.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 07:43 PM

Or a piece of shim stock between the clamp and the column. If it’s long enough to crimp over the top and over the bottom, it will stay with the clamp when the table is moved up and down.

If you look closely, most things with moving parts are reliant upon shims somewhere.

Kindly,

Lee

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 07:58 PM

Column might have been worn a bit. If you can, take a file to the area where the two “halves” meet the tightening bolt. Take the bolt out, and give each side a few swipes with the file.

My column is a might on the rusty side. What may have happen was the old owner had it as rusty as mine, wnet to sell it, and decided to “clean” it up a bit. TOo nice and shiny = a slick column. I haven’t had any issues with the table sliding down.

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