Rigid DP15501 Drill Press - 2 fold question regarding rain...

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Forum topic by Rayne posted 08-16-2014 05:46 PM 1310 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2014 05:46 PM

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I was hoping the LJ community could help me out a bit. I couldn’t find any related articles (maybe I’m not using the right terminology), so if there is one, just link it here for me.
I just bought a Rigid DP15501 Drill press from an estate sale. It works great when I was there so I got it for $125, so first question…You think it’s a good deal?
Now, for the 2nd question, in transporting it back to my house, there was torrential rain! I had no way of predicting the rain like that (I was only gone for 1-1/2 hour and it was really nice when I left…Florida weather). So, 2nd question is what do I need to do to get this baby completely dry so I don’t fry the motor? When I parked, it wasn’t nearly as wet as I thought it would be but my concern would be the crevices and motor. If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate it. I currently have both of my air cleaners and a fan directly on the DP and wiped off all the water I could see.

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 03:07 AM

I really can’t help, as I have no idea.
Just thought I would bump this back up on the pulse page.

Good luck….

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 03:27 AM

Induction motors don’t have contacts so you really won’t have to worry about shorts or bad connections. It may have a centrifugal switch but I’ve never seen one so I can’t help you with that. You can spray some electrical cleaner in the motor to dry it out though without any problems. As far as the other rotating parts of the drill press go id use wd-40 to prevent surface rust for now to drive the moisture off until you get a change to give in a good clean and lube.

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 11:44 AM

Take it apart as much as you can without working too hard at it. Spray WD40 on places where water either has been or still is. That should prevent rust and drive out the water.

It should be fine so long as you can get it cleaned off pretty quickly.

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 04:45 PM

I hadn’t considered using WD-40, but I really should have considering what’s what I use on my table saw to clean it. What type of oil should I use, say, on the Quill? Standard Motor oil or Lithium Grease as I’ve seen used on Table saws? I’ll be using Johnson’s Paste Wax on the Table and the Pole for smooth operation as well as protection.
I really appreciate the ideas and help. Oh and thanks for the bump DIYaholic!

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