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Lok

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08-29-2014 06:50 PM

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Hello, I’m pretty green with woodworking but am putting together some tools to get into basic furniture-making. I’m looking for a drill press and found an old Delta (see 1st two iimages). The owner says there’s no model number or serial number. Other than it having a Baldor single phase 1hp motor, she can give me no more information. I was hoping someone here may be able to ID it by the image and let me know if this is a good choice for a drill press that I likely won’t grow out of easily. By the way, she’s selling for $300.

I’ve also attached an image of a Milwaukee DP220 ($145), the owner says it has wobble/runout of .003 inches. It is 14” with a Furnas switch. He says 4 speeds, 1/2 hp, tilt table, no rack and pinion on table.

Any recommendations on which (if either) I should buy? Both are in working order. Also, for wood joinery, what tolerance should I be looking for in a drill press?

Thanks so much guys,
Lee


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#1 posted 08-29-2014 06:57 PM

Go with the delta! runout depends on where the reading is being taken. most of the time on these old machines it is a bur in the taper or the chuck is goofed up. with the delta you will have a longer quill travel between these two choices.

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 07:49 PM

The first pic…The serial tag would be on the right side. I had a production 15” and this one might be a larger one. This DP does have the production table, the base is kinda odd, maybe homemade. Put pic on owwm.org, you’ll get your answers.
The dp220 shown is a Delta/Milwaukee, without seeing the tag more clearly. I have the same DP now, but mine is a bench model. Nice machine.
I don’t think the prices are outa line.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 07:58 PM

The delta is a bit overpriced in my opinion. I would offer 200 for it. The quill is down all the way in both images. This to me indicates that the return spring is either disengaged (hopefully) or broken. The return springs are if I remember right non replaceable parts, meaning you will need to find someone parting out a similar drill press to find a replacement. Definitely something to look at when seeing this press. Also keep in mind both presses are 60+ years old and will not be “plug and play” they will need bearings replaced etc. The delta is a bigger nicer press and if the owner is willing to come down on the price is the one I would go for.

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REO

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 08:58 PM

the quill on the delta is in the up position. (note the location of the eject slot and of the depth collar it is up against the housing). it will take a MT taper. aftermarket return springs are available and not expensive. I have a late 1940’ model that has drilled amongst other things over 1 million 3/8 diameter 8” deep holes in oak and mahogany and has had nothing replaced on it but the spring.

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 10:43 PM

MINOR, I have bought quite a few vintage machines that were plug and play, I have 3 now in the shop that were bought, cleaned up, painted and put to work. Some old machines will need bearings replaced, not all. 60+ old machines…this is a good thing, quality, heavy, USA made and still here. How many 20 year old Grizzlys are around?, let alone a 60 year old machine.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 01:16 AM

Well, I visited the woman selling the Delta and took a HF dial indicator. It read 2-3 thousandths on the spindle, and everything seemed to be in working order with little vibration. So, I offered $250 and just waiting to pick it up…thanks for the tips!

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