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Forum topic by scottieboy posted 10-06-2014 06:25 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2014 06:25 PM

Hello everyone. I’m a beginner, I know very little about woodworking except that I want to make things and it looks like a lot of fun. I’m in the process of building my shop on a super low budget. I picked up an old drill press at a garage sale this weekend and I’m curious to know what I bought bc there aren’t any identifications on it that I can see. It works. I paid $20 for it. was this a good deal? Should I just use it as my first drill press and tinker with it.? Or should I clean it up and sell it?

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 07:11 PM

Clean it up, blow a coat of hammer tone paint on and resell it for $80.00 note keep that vise!
Then get a drill press with a set of stepped pulleys, you really need to go slow with forstner bits and this drill has only one speed – fast… just my 2cents worth…

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 10:33 PM

Can’t really tell from the pictures, but I bet if you post it over at OWWM you will get an answer as to who made it and probably a good idea of when. I’m pretty sure it was a multi-speed machine at one time, but it looks like a PO slapped a different motor on it with the wrong pulley. Is there a multi-step pulley under the top cover? If so, you just need to find a matching one for the motor.

For $20, it’s a very good deal if it works fine. I’d try to find a proper pulley and use it as is. You can start doing work while keeping an eye out for another one if you don’t like that one. Also, depending on manufacturer and/or vintage, it might make a nice restoration candidate. Those old cone head drill presses really look nice all painted and polished.


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#3 posted 10-06-2014 10:43 PM

My guess is Walker Turner or Craftsman from the 1940s but I’m probably wrong. May be a Montgomery Wards or off brand, but it’s still substantial. With a washing machine or dryer motor. Why sell it? Use it. Nothing you could get better for the proposed $80 sale price.

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 12:20 AM

+1 for clean it up and use it. find a stepped pulley to fit the motor and you’re good.

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 12:27 AM

Thanks for your 2 cents everyone. After looking more closely I found a model number. This is a Dunlap drill press made in 1940. I found the manual online searching the model number. I also forgot to mention before that it came with 2 extra pulleys pictured below. Any tips on how to get rid of the built up corrosion and nastiness they have?? I’m going to read through the restoration thread on this site also. Thanks for your advice!!
MrUnix- There is a multi-step pulley under the top cover, pictured below. And thanks for recommending OWWM….I’m registering over there too.

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 01:16 PM

Carefully on a soft wire wheel on a grinder or sit down with some steel wool and start rubbing. I have a feeling the shaft diameter on the washer/dryer/fridge motor is not right for those pulleys, hence why one isn’t on it now. Or the RPMs are incorrect. Dunlap is Sears. If you posted in the classified section of vintage machinery site you could get a Dunlap motor in about three minutes if you want, plus you can get paint color (your bluish grey was probably a bright blue originally) and downloadable art for the decal.

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 06:14 PM

Progress update>
So i soaked some parts in white vinegar for 16 hours. Then started scrubbing with aluminum foil. The nuts and bolts etc..came out pretty decent. But, I probably should not have put the pulleys in the vinegar that long because look what started happening. They started disintegrating. Whoops. Didn’t expect that…I guess those are made from a lesser quality metal. Anyhow, it got the corrosion and rust off, hopefully they will still work when I hook it all back up.
So after that, I thought I’d just take a ball of aluminum foil and dip that in vinegar and then scrubbed the 2 platforms, and wow, I’m pretty happy with the results. And I didn’t have to wait 16 more hours. haha.

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#8 posted 10-11-2014 01:45 PM

The castings are the same as my Atlas but on mine “Atlas” is cast in the belt guard.

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