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Old 08-06-2011, 01:43 PM
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I was on my way to check out a bandsaw I'd seen on CL and made a stop at my local electric motor repair shop. While I was there talking to the owner about old tools he said that he was trying to get rid of a few things out of the building and would I be interested in an old drill press? Uh.yea sort of like asking a bird dog if he wants to hunt! He showed me a little 11 inch drill press that was literally covered with grease and dirt. I could not even tell who made it except it had a Delta motor on it. Well we agreed on $30 and I went to check on the 10" band saw. Ended up picking that up for $25 the guy wanted it out of his house and I helped him out!

When I got back home and started cleaning up the drill press I was finally able to make out the tags and I was an early 1950's Delta Homecraft and all cast iron a heavy little sucker! The pics show the press after I cleaned it up. This fall or winter I'm going to do a complete rebuild and try to make it as new including welding up the holes in the table and resurfacing. If anyone owns one of these I'd like to hear your opinion!
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:23 PM
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Congrats...nice little drill press!!! Looks a lot like my small Buffalo Forge (could be the same with different label) Instead of welding up the holes, I have been making new tables out of 3/16 mild steel and fastening them to the old table with countersunk machine screws. Then I can make them a little larger and add a few 1/2 holes for vise grip type lock down clamps and I don't worry when running hole saws etc that I might hurt the table. Also make them a little closer to the column so I can use a fence. Good job for rescuing an old tool....ten time better than the same size drill press you could get from Sears or HF crap.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:34 PM
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Go to the "OWWM" site:
http://vintagemachinery.org/home.aspx
The have a lot of info.
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:25 PM
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Thanks Gentlemen,
I went on the OWWM site and FWIW the drill press was made in 1951 and the saw in 1952!
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:10 PM
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I think I have the same bandsaw. It was my father's. It takes a 70-1/4" long blade.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:24 PM
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Man! $30 and $25...............You Suck
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:45 PM
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Man! $30 and $25...............You Suck
+1 on the suckage.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:42 PM
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Yep, that's some suckage alright. I like how they call that type of damage on the drill press table, over at the OWWM site, "the arc of shame."

Criminey! I looked at 'em again. You even got the "retirement light" on the bandsaw. That's worth more than what you paid for both machines!

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Old 08-07-2011, 08:59 AM
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Hi Dave,
I've seen references to a "retirement light" but do not really understand what is going on with them. The only thing I can come up with is that the lights are not made any more and so are desirable? Any info you have I would be happy to hear! Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:32 AM
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One story I've heard is that when lighting in commercial machine shops was something of a luxury, each machine had a light. To save money all lights were turned off at the end of the workday, when the machine was "retired". Sounds reasonable, anyway.

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