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Old 02-14-2020, 01:15 PM
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Looks like the pipe is there to work as a stop for the lever on the Tapmatic. Most folks extend the arm and let them hit the column on the drill press, for a dedicated tapping setup that pipe's a nice way to do it.

Looking around it looks like Tapmatics are either a tapered bore (usually JT33) or can also be threaded. If it's tapered, you may be able to use wedges like those used for drill chuck removal. If threaded, it's a matter of figuring out how to hold/turn it. Apparently threaded may or may not have wrench flats on the Tapmatic itself.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:59 PM
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So I should just be able to remove the tapmatic from the drill arbor, install a chuck onto the drill and purchase an arbor to install on the Tapmatic that will chuck into the drill?
I can't say for sure but it looks to me like the drill has a morse taper socket in the spindle. The Tapmatic has a MT arbour that you should be able to pop out with a MT key. If you pull the spindle down with the handle there will be a slot that you slide the key into. Tapping it with a hammer should pop the arbour out of the spindle. If this is the case all you need is a drill chuck with the appropriate MT arbour...
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Old 02-15-2020, 12:10 AM
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If you care about the DP itself, I'd be asking WTF that piece of pipe is holding up and WHY... Steve
Like Greywynd suggested it's a stop for the tapmatic lever which tapmatic recommends instead of extending the handle to hit the drill press column which would increase leverage on the tapmatic lever and could result in damage if something went wrong.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:08 AM
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Did you check to see if the drill press has a morse taper internal taper?
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Did you check to see if the drill press has a morse taper internal taper?
I'm going to look at it today
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:41 PM
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MT2-JT6. How do I tell which end is the MT2 and which is the JT6
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:55 PM
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Just the way its written M2 is the long end
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:19 PM
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Thanks I'm not to knowledgeable about those. So it looks like the Tapmatic is a Jacobs taper. I can either buy a M2 to whatever chuck I want then or just look for a JT6 taper chuck and use the same arbor. Also, if I wanted the Tapmatic to be able to insert into the chuck I would have to look for an arbor with a JT6 to fit the Tapmatic and a shank at the other end to fit the drill chuck. Does all of that sound correct? One advantage of not using a drill chuck is that it gives me more room/height on the bench top drill press but makes it a bit more work to drill, then tap. Unless I jut keep one press for a dedicated tapper.

By the way I got the press and Tapmatic for $250. It's a Chinese made Enco that sells at MSC for around $800 and I believe the Tapmatic is a 50X but the print is wore off, it has a serial number but I haven't been able to cross it, going to email Tapmatic. A new 50X is over $900 and even if it's a 30X they are $750. Either one will let me go down to a #6 which is probably smaller that I will ever need, and my 70X can thread up to 5/8" which is as big as I'll ever need.

The drill press needs a switch but other than that it's clean, tight and no water inside. I pulled the spindle and even the grease looks new. The light layer of surface rust on the table came right off with steel wool.

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Old 02-15-2020, 08:01 PM
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I would just buy another chuck with a M2 tapper and just change it when needed, as stated up post just use a drift to knock the tapper out when needed then install the chuck
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I would just buy another chuck with a M2 tapper and just change it when needed, as stated up post just use a drift to knock the tapper out when needed then install the chuck


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