Pause-A bit of drill press Maintenance

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Blog entry by wichle posted 05-26-2010 06:22 AM 6918 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 06:30 AM

Great story Bill

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 09:35 PM

Looking forward to some pictures of the old iron : )

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#3 posted 05-26-2010 10:24 PM

That’s the first maintenance /clean it’s had in all that time seems a pity to watch a tool labour without any attention for such along time.However I’m sure you did a great job all beit 63 years on.LOL Alistair

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 04:12 PM

It’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t commonly have automobiles. But yeah, 1947 was still in that era… That was also the time when adoption of the automobile by common people was really going full steam. But it was a mere 2 years in… That post world war 2 period when everybody decided to spend the money to be mobile… I guess that’s progress…

I usually don’t let my equipment sit idle without maintenance for very long, but it really speaks well of that old Craftsman DP to be 63 years down the road, and finally getting its first thorough cleaning… I can almost guarantee even high end machines these days aren’t built that well…

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 05:58 PM

Old tools are still the best tools. -SST

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#6 posted 05-30-2010 10:01 PM

I’d love to come by some day and check out the shop, especially the drill press and table saw. I’ve been helping a friend rehab his house and he lives right around the corner from you (8 Mile and Novi Rd.)

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 06:08 AM

Hey Kristoffer….we are in Wisconsin celebrating the holday. Expect to be back via Lake Express on Wednesday. You and your friend would be most welcome. This coming wekend or any day but Friday next week.

email phone 248 679 8919

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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