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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:15 pm 
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Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:51 pm
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Location: Warren MI.
I seen this C/L add a few weeks ago & I'm surprised it's still there.
https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/tls/d/vintage-drill-press/6288468940.html
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Looks to be a 15" floor model with a pretty rusty column that would need a lot of work to clean up!
The motors not original & it's a little on the small side at 1/6HP, But it appears to be period correct.
If the guard is in good shape & it has no cracks or repairs, I've seen just the guards sell for the sellers asking price on OWWM.

Other than the clean-up work needed it appears to be in over-all good shape!
Not that I need another old drill press with two 17" Deltas & enough parts to build at-least one more. I also have a little 11" Rockwell bench model heading my way from the OWWM Arnfest swap-meet in Chicago. But if I had the extra cash on hand I would probably check it out.

Doug


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:22 pm 
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That is a very good drill press. Bigger than the 900 I'd guess it is a 17". The column looks like it has surface rust with not much if any pitting. I've restored worse with emery cloth and elbow grease! It is a multi-speed press not variable speed. Motors for these are relatively easy to find if you want a bigger motor.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:02 pm 
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kludwig wrote:
Bigger than the 900 I'd guess it is a 17".
That's what I thought at first, But there's only 4-steps to the spindle pulley. The 17" drill press has a 5-step spindle pulley.
Also the column on the 17" drill press is larger in dia.

Here's a quote from Wikipedia doing a Google search.
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In 1934 Walker-Turner introduced the 500, 700, and 900 series of their machine lines known as "The Driver Line". The 500 line included the smallest and lightest of these new machines while the 700 and 900 series consisted of beefier and more industrial styled machines.


It's definitely not a usual style Walker Turner, I only came up with two units on Vintage Machinery's website. http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=10150
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=4470

kludwig wrote:
It is a multi-speed press not variable speed.
Yeah but if you "vary" the location on the pulleys isn't it a variable-speed. :s_sarcastic

kludwig wrote:
Motors for these are relatively easy to find if you want a bigger motor.
The original style Driver-Line motors like this one
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can be harder to find & are usually expensive when found.

Doug


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