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Just bought a new drill press but table doesn't totally lock in place. Need help.

by AM420
posted 11-21-2018 03:53 PM

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John Smith

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#1 posted 11-21-2018 03:59 PM

I had that same DP for a couple of years . . . don’t remember any issues
with the table not locking but I did have a problem with the chuck key
not fitting properly and finally stripped out – I gave it to my neighbor when
I found a vintage floor model DP . . . the chuck and key “may” be metric
as I could never find another key to fit it . . . . just something to keep your
eye on and don’t force the key to skip teeth on the chuck. (or loose the key).



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#2 posted 11-21-2018 04:06 PM :<))

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#3 posted 11-21-2018 04:46 PM

Sounds like the collar for the table is a little too big and when you lock it down it doesn’t grip the column firmly. When you tighten the locking screw, look at the gap at the split in the collar. Is it closing completely? Is it only closing at one point? Take a small file and make that gap a little wider at whatever spots it’s closing up first. A wider gap there will allow you to tighten the collar a little more. It shouldn’t take much. And don’t overdo it or you could over-stress the collar by over-tightening the locking screw.

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#4 posted 11-21-2018 05:33 PM :<))


Sorry you had to go through the trouble of linking to something I already have that doesn’t address my question.

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#5 posted 11-21-2018 07:06 PM

Could just be the lock bolt is missing a washer, maybe the threads are bottoming out.
Or return it.

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