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Posted on Anyone ever see a radial arm drill press?

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 07:15 AM

I had the Rockwell version of that many decades ago. Like that one, it lacked a gear rack and cranked pinion for table elevation, which was really a PITA. You have to loosen the clamp, grasp the table with both hands, wiggle it back and forth to move it while lifting. Ugh. Not so bad going down, of course.

You can drill to the center of a very large circle, which is handy once in a while. They aren’t so good at drilling metal, as there is too much flex in the post and long arm.

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