Buffalo forge No. 61. Drill press restoration. #1: Clean up for repairs.

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Blog entry by Wayne posted 10-03-2011 12:19 AM 5411 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been looking to equip my shop with “hand powered” tools. So when I saw this, It was love at first sight. I had it shipped home, and sadly, It arrived with the frame broken in two. After filling a claim with the shipping company, I was not happy with their offer to refund my money “on further inspection” (meaning give it to them and await payment)—-no thank you. I will now have it “welded” by a local machine shop.

1) As it arived. A beauty isn’t it?

2) Imperfections give character.

3) On such a beautiful fall day, why not play outside?

4)After disassembling and cleaning.

Thankfully the previous owner coated the drill in packing grease before putting into storage, so cleaning was not too bad. Scraper, brush, and elbow grease. Next up, to the machinist. Then onto the moving parts. It is an honor to return this guy to the workforce.

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 12:49 AM


I am sorry about your trouble with the shipping. I am looking forward to seeing this machine brought back to life.

I love the Buffalo Forge drilling machine. I restored an old Buffalo 18 drill press. My blog is here. I also restored a #50 post drill. I have an old flat belt driven drill press still waiting for me to find the time for restoration. They are wonderful machines.

Have fun with yours.

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 02:57 AM

I think you got a good find. I been seeing those on OWWM.

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