One day in 1947 my dad announced he was going to Sears. We all nodded. A few hour later he arrived back, having gotten a ride fron a friend, (we didn’t have a car back then) with a large heavy box. Mom asked what he had in the box. He said, “a drill press”. She then asked, “what in the h__l are you going to do with that”. he quietly replied, “drill holes”.
Move ahead 63 years! The bench top drill press sits elegantly in my shop. I noticed yesterday when I was putting together a couple ofjigs that the drill seemed to wobble. I remember dad saying once that it was an inherant issue in the tool. I decided to find out.
First job, remove the jacobs chuck and see if the mounting taper was straight. I checked it with a guage, hand rotated the quill, and AMAZING plus or minus zero! After 63 years!!
Second, remove 63 years of “crap” from the chuck. Un believable what wonderful wife and I found. Covered a shop towel with “stuff” Used laquer thinner to losen old grease and dirt including compressed saw dust.
Amazing how much better clean tools run.
I’m working on a tour of my shop in pictures, you’ll enjoy this tool.
-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"