"Percheron" Drill Press restoration

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Blog entry by dedalo posted 05-21-2011 03:28 AM 3325 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn´t have a drill press, so started searching, tried with a chinese that we can find locally, but it was REALLY disapointing, so I bought this one, used for double the price a new from china…

I started the restoration process… after some hours of sanding, cleaning, and not advancing at all (I´m NOT that patience guy, even If I do this to learn it, I´m not there yet) decided to sent it for a sandblasting session

It has some “sideplay” so changed all the bearings

So started the process of preparing and painting:


I was very glad to find fenner Power twist belts in Argentina…!

The “New” toy:

Pueden leer la versión en español aca:


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Mickey Cassiba

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 04:50 AM

very nice restore…is that a buffalo, or a WT…can’t see the badge

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 01:13 PM

Thanks Mickey, it is a local Argentinian Brand called Percheron, built by TELEVEL s.a.


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#3 posted 05-21-2011 04:35 PM

Good job Rodrigo. It´s a draft horse drill !!

I can imagine FInding the Fenner drive was one of the most difficult tasks.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 05:43 PM

thanks fernando, is the local distributor of fenner, they have stock and sells to end users, apprt from them I only found fenner on one place and at double price… i was about to import it from rockler, but this time buying local was cheaper :D. the experience with the drive is excelent, I would like to replace my truck drives for this kind… so I keep 1mt with me and can replace any belt that would brake jajaja


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#5 posted 05-21-2011 05:47 PM

Can anyone explain to me the history behind these older drills they seem very popular hence I assume there better made than newer modern Chinese Schrott (scrap)some of which is being passed off today. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 03:35 AM

Hi Scotsman!

At list in Argentina, all the drill press tha come from china are pure crap, I bought one 16mm and it had sideplay out from the box!... the materials are very cheap and construction and Quality check is very poor.

Also in our contry we don´t have a machine industry developed for hobbyst, so all the good machines available are INDSTRIAL rated, and very expensive… Even buying an old machine like this one is expensive…

I paid USD230 for this machine on its original state :( I would love to buy on craiglist!


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