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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 11-24-2014 11:27 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardwootton

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11-24-2014 11:27 PM

I found this little gem on craigslist today for a whopping 65 bucks! It’s a Buffalo Forge 612 post drill press. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 12:24 AM

That will look sooooo coooool hangin’ in the shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 12:26 AM

Congrats on the nice find, Richard! Put up some before and after pics on the restoration thread when you get her all cleaned up.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 12:33 AM

sweet!!!

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Tim

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 12:38 AM

Awesome. Looks like it has the flywheel which is often missing and isn’t missing anything else I can see. Did you manage to score any of the bits with it? They have a bit different shank on them.

I’d really like to get one of these some day too.

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richardwootton

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 12:47 AM



Awesome. Looks like it has the flywheel which is often missing and isn t missing anything else I can see. Did you manage to score any of the bits with it? They have a bit different shank on them.

I d really like to get one of these some day too.

- Tim


Tim, the guy I bought it from didn’t have any bits. What kind of shank did the original bits have? I have used modern bits in my brace before without any problems.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Don W

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#6 posted 11-25-2014 01:01 AM

when I got mine, somebody had converted a chuck to fit. I think the original was square shanked.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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DanielS

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 01:07 AM

All of the bits had a 1/2” round shank with a flat. When you mount it, make sure that you don’t mount it too high. I need to lower mine. The slow speed shaft gets tiring after a while.

People usually fit a 1/2 ” chuck. Thats what mine had in it when I got it.

-- Daniel S

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Don W

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 01:24 AM

yep, ignore me, its 1/2” round shank with a flat. Memory is the first thing to go.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#9 posted 11-25-2014 01:35 AM

Yeah apparently you can still get the compatible bits, but most people adapt a modern chuck to fit in the vintage style 1/2” chuck.

Here’s a good rundown, and scroll down to post #10 for some good details.
http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91353

Short version the bits are called Silver and Deming, and you can still get them. Even harbor freight has them, but finding smaller than 1/2” bits is harder. You’ll probably have to file or grind your own flat on the shank of a modern bit though.

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#10 posted 11-25-2014 02:37 AM

Nice find!

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