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Forum topic by Levaughn posted 02-25-2015 08:09 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2015 08:09 PM

Hello all. I would like some help if possible in identifying a Drill Press I acquired some years ago. It appears the pulleys which are Craftsmen and the motor were add ons. My main concern is help with identifying the cast iron body. I looked it over and found no manufacturer markings. I’m not familiar with Drill Presses, but from internet searches it appears quite old and primitive. I would like to know if anyone is familiar with this model and can identify it. I looked at pictures on the internet and came up empty. It runs quite well, I’m fond of it and may need parts for it in the future to keep it that way. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 06:36 PM

Hi Levaughn,

The primary parts you might need are likely to be bearings. I restored an early 1950’s Craftsman drill press some years ago (ok, almost 30), and found that all the bearings were still available at a local bearing specialty shop.

The counterman looked at the old ones I’d brought in, walked over to the shelf and pulled off the replacements.

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 06:20 AM

It’s vaguely reminiscent of early 20th century drill presses but doesn’t look that old to me. It doesn’t look to be very old at all. There isn’t anything on it that I can nail down and the base doesn’t seem to match the rest. If there are no markings my guess it’s a foreign made light duty, economy, drill press. Pretty much all bearings used in the last 50-60 years are off the shelf parts especially in less expensive machines. All you need is to measure the inside and outside diameters for the bearings and shop around. Those measurements could be in inches, metric, or a mix of both (why anyone would ever mix metric and inches I don’t know, but they did).

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 11:25 AM

I’m thinking its a Frankenstien from just enough parts to get the job done

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 03:56 AM

Looks like a knock off of an early delta. The motor would be mounted to the base, which was turned backwards. A set of pulleys was mounted where the motor is on your press, and used a long belt to drive it. If it were a delta it would be clearly marked I would think. It does resemble one though.

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 04:52 AM

Very similar to this old Atlas benchtop with just a few minor differences:

Try browsing the photo index over at to see if you can match it up.


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#6 posted 03-10-2015 04:54 AM

+1 on it being a Frankendrill. Cool looking.

Maybe this?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 07:42 AM

Thanks for all the replies. It’s a great step in the right direction :)

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 08:07 PM

I wonder if this is a pillar tool that’s been converted to a drill press, or a hybrid.

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 02:01 AM

early shopsmith?

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