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Old 11-16-2012, 07:39 PM
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Default Drill Press lift

A few months ago my wife bought me an X-Y axis vise for my little HF drill press. It is too big for the little drill press really, but I made it work. I had to do my own "machining" to grind down a piece of pipe to make the post longer, but after doing that it has worked well for me.

The only problem has been that the table is really heavy for me to adjust up or down now. I was inspired by Cutter's Drill Press Drive for some time, but my little machine didn't have a crank to adapt to power. I got to thinking that I have an electric jack from HF that I had re-purposed on a little plow, but since I got my tractor I haven't used it. So I thought I'd take a stab at making it work to lift my table.

This is what I came up with so far today. It actually works, but I have to rework the top part of the cradle for the table. The strap I used is just too weak. I haven't hooked up the DPDT switch, put in a fuse, or added a limit switch yet. I thought I'd show what I've done so far and see if anyone had any ideas I should consider before finishing it up.

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:25 PM
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You are so resourceful, Bruce.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:38 PM
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I would think about covering the screw somehow to keep the chips from sticking. Maybe a pice of plastic pipe over the top section that rides on the bracket.

Not sure about the bottom part though.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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Good on you, Bruce.

I think I might recommend sawing the actuator screw off to the actual needed length and then devise some kind of cover for it to keep the chips out of the threads as much as possible.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:36 AM
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Looks good, I need to do something like this too. I inherited a 15-1/2" craftsman drill press from my grandfather and it has a craftsman milling table mounted on it that has about a 24" wide top. There is no crank adjustment for table height at all. It is strictly manual lift and its all I can do to hold it one handed and tighten the clamp.
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Alternate solution is a counter weighted DP table. The better ones have the counterweight running inside the drill press column.

One turn of the lock clamp , re position the table lock the clamp again, all in 10 seconds. Its quick ,and easy. Mine cost $69 Au.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:30 AM
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I like the weight in the column idea, here are some good ideas here
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:27 PM
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Thanks everyone. Great input and I really appreciate it. I'll post up some final pics when I get it finished. I think my wife has other ideas for the weekend other than me working in the shop.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:22 PM
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Two things:

First: every curbside treadmill I have scrapped has had a linear actuator in it for adjusting the walk angle.

Second: The only difference between a table top DP and a floor mount is the length of the pipe.
If have a lathe long enough it is easy to clean up the OD of the right sized plumbing pipe and make a floor unit.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:11 PM
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Default Drill Press Lift

I have plans to use a 12 volt power window motor to raise and lower the table on my drill press. I have a friend who used a window motor and two sprockets and a bicycle chain to tilt his table saw blade from 0 to 45 degrees. Being really lazy, he also mounted one on his radial arm saw to move the saw in and out. Others have used a window motor to raise their snow plow blade on an ATV. A bit off topic but if anyone has other uses for power window motors, please post.
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