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#1229371 - Thu Aug 10 2017 01:43 AM Rockwell Drill Press  
Lugnutz  Offline
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South Carolina
I bought this Rockwell drill press about 6 months ago. Needed a new chuck. Had trouble getting the old chuck off. Finally got a brand new chuck installed and now she's back in service.
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Jay



#1229575 - Fri Aug 11 2017 02:32 AM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
52Carl  Online
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I have one of those babies. Mine is the bench top version. It absolutely rock-n-rolls! You can't beat the older equipment.


#1229838 - Sun Aug 13 2017 12:32 PM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
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Nice score Jay. I hope to add a nice drill press like that in my shop one day.


#1229894 - Sun Aug 13 2017 07:11 PM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
Hotrod Lincoln  Online
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I got an identical one to that at a school surplus auction- - - - -then I put a jackshaft and a second motor on it with a 3:1 speed reduction. Now it has 24 speeds, a 5/8" chuck, and a cross slide vise. I can do a little light-duty milling as well as drilling holes of over 1" diameter in steel.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

#1230007 - Mon Aug 14 2017 01:38 PM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
JW51  Online
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Been keeping an eye out for an older drill press. Don't "need" one very often, but will someday.

There's an Atlas for sale locally. 1953 model. Freestanding, 1/2' chuck, 1/3 HP. Supposedly works "great." Looks good, anyway.

What is something like that worth?


#1230040 - Mon Aug 14 2017 05:58 PM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
Mike B  Offline
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Hughesville, MD
Search Craigs List, they are ton on there all the time. New and old, bench tops and floor mount from $50 to $400. The further the chuck is away from the stand post the better it is (this lets you to drill a hole further from the edge of a larger piece of material).

Mike B smile


#1230107 - Tue Aug 15 2017 12:54 AM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
52Carl  Online
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If it is a big heavy duty one, look for one which has a hand crank for raising and lowering the base.


#1230109 - Tue Aug 15 2017 12:56 AM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: 52Carl]  
Lugnutz  Offline
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
If it is a big heavy duty one, look for one which has a hand crank for raising and lowering the base.


Mine doesn't have that crank. Any way to add one?


#1230185 - Tue Aug 15 2017 01:46 PM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
46Sparky  Offline
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My old Rockwell doesn't have the crank either. I recall seeing one as an aftermarket accessory, years ago. But, didn't have the spare coin then to buy one. I use a ratchet tie down strap to help raise the table. That solution ain't pretty or a preferred option, but it helps. I've considered several times replacing it with one of the newer models and for the uses I have, can't justify the expense let alone the trade off in quality. I bought it used in about 1980 and it was about 15 years old then.

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#1230297 - Wed Aug 16 2017 01:22 AM Re: Rockwell Drill Press [Re: Lugnutz]  
Hotrod Lincoln  Online
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I use a couple of BIG bungee cords left over from my trucking days as a counterbalance for my drill press table with the cross slide table bolted to it. They're hooked into the power head and looped under the table pivot. I've got a tall hydraulic jack like the one used on an engine crane, but I haven't decided how to make a base bracket that will allow me to swivel the table and let the jack follow it.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

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