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#1 posted 08-23-2019 04:10 PM

Tyler, You are SO right. The overall construction of this press suggests a later Millers Falls, perhaps a second generation of the 226. This is my strongest leaning, with MF having produced a variety of hand cranked drill press sizes and styles. The bench mount plate, work table and head are all held with identical hex head bolts, and “give every appearance” of being original to the press, with no slop or shims at the pipe end in any of it. It all “seems to fit together” very nicely. But, Nothing can be said with 100% certainty. If this IS a “Franken Press” someone did a damned good job of creating it. What’s really throwing me is the spring action advance mechanism. Doesn’t seem to match anything yet. As a matter of PURE conjecture, this press MAY well be a late model MF, who, being competitive with other manufacturers, had to develop an automatic advance mechanism of their own, which skirted patents held by the other companies. (Anyone who manufactured anything in those days jealously guarded their patents) Until anything can be proven or disproven, I remain open to any possibility, but so far this seems the most reasonable. I feel very blessed indeed to own this larger sized bench mounted drill press. I’ve been wanting one for several years. One can certainly understand why you would miss your own MF 226. I truly hope you are able to locate another one reasonably very soon.

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