Craftsman 15 1/2" floor drill press worth getting?

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Forum topic by jlabos posted 08-27-2014 05:47 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2014 05:47 AM

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I have the opportunity to purchase this drill press locally from Craigslist for $50. Anyone familiar with this drill press and is it worth the money? Is there anything I should look for when I check it out? For $50 I am thinking its a pretty good deal.
I am currently using a bench top Walker Turner from the 30’s that I found in my grandmothers basement.

I have been using the Walker Turner for about a month and it has served me well but I am thinking the craftsman would be a step up from my current setup.

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 12:20 PM

$50 sounds like a good deal if everything works well.
I hope you find it acceptable. Then you can send me that Walker Turner. That is one neat machine.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 02:56 PM

+1 on the Walker-Turner. I’d buy that if you get the Craftsman, too!

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 04:33 PM

I have a Craftsman drill press that is very similar. The head looks to be the exact same but my table is a different style.

I am happy with the drill press for sure. I like having the quill lock, the huge range of speed, and the (I think) over 4 inches of cutting depth. It is very easy to change speeds also. I can’t tell from the picture but I think it also has a built in light.

The bearings have started to go on my spindle so you might want to see how the bearings are but mine still seems to work fine even with that issue. It also has a strange belt size and I am not sure where I would get another one if mine breaks.

All in all though, I would get it if it were $50 and it runs.

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 04:48 PM

Looks like the motor is from something else, but for $50, sounds like a good deal. Don’t part with the WT. You can set it up for a dedicated purpose.

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 09:38 PM

Very nice deal at 50 bucks

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#6 posted 08-27-2014 09:44 PM

After speaking to the owner to make plans to meet I found out that the drill press was located almost 2hrs away not 20min like I thought. It is located in Newton NH not Newton MA so after I add in the cost for gas the cost will creep closer to the $100 range not to mention 4hrs of my time. I’m having a hard time justifying the trip.
I also found a Sprunger Model # NDP15 that is located 20min away for $75. It is older and I never heard of the name. Any one know anything about the brand?
Regarding the old Walker Turner I plan on keeping that in the family. It is by far the coolest looking item in the shop. I could not believe that I found all the pieces since they were scattered. I was able to find some pictures and manuals on Vintage Machinery to see how it went together and was impressed on how well it ran. The belt could be improved to something thinner than an automotive belt that is on there now but it still works great.

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