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Forum topic by whiteshoecovers posted 07-01-2015 06:35 PM 17116 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2015 06:35 PM

I’m in the market for a benchtop drill press and saw this on my local CL postings…

An Orbit Machine Tools 5-speed drill press, 1412. Does anyone know anything about this machine? What’s the value?



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#1 posted 07-01-2015 09:01 PM

Okay, after some internet researching I’ve found that orbit used to make (or was made by) the same company as Jet tools, so that’s positive. He said it’s 1/2 HP, which I don’t really have a sense for. I will be using it almost exclusively on wood. I guess I can go see it with a precision ground rod and my dial indicator to see what the runout is….

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 08:32 AM

Yes, when Jet started importing drill presses the first ones they brought over were branded by Orbit. Eventually they changed the branding but even modern Jets share some ancestry with the Orbits. I have the exact same model Orbit, 1412, and it’s a good DP. I paid just a little less for mine.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 12:07 PM

Sounds a bit high for an 80’s Taiwanese unit. But he did give it a nice coat of Rustoleum Light Machine Grey.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 12:16 PM

The new ones seem to go for $350 or more, so it doesn’t seem like a bad price.

Me, I’d offer him $120 and have the other 30 in my back pocket…...

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 07-03-2015 05:05 PM

Original paint, same color as mine.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 03:26 PM

Haven’t used one myself, but from what I’ve heard they are pretty good machines. It is true that the new models go for $350 to $550 and that the Orbit/Jet drill presses retain their value pretty well. Taking all that into account, $150 is not that bad. Agree with a previous comment to offer in the region of $120 and see what happens. Would be ideal to test it for run out before handing over the cash.

-- Marc-

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#7 posted 09-12-2015 06:53 AM

I have an Orbit 12 speed drill press. The model is a 250 IF. It has a 3/4” chuck and a No. 3 Morse Taper spindle. After reading about the drill press above, I’m wondering if anyone out there might know where I could go on the internet and possibly download a copy of the owners manual for this machine. If anyone knows of such a place I would sure appreciate hearing about it. Thanks very much for any help you might be able to give me with this. I got this drill press along with a Darex floor model industrial drill bit sharpener and a complete set of Greenlee taps and dies several years ago all for $200.00.



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#8 posted 09-12-2015 07:30 AM

Jim, I’m told that if you call Jet they can sell you a manual. I haven’t tried it.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 08:51 PM

I used to have an old Orbit drill press. It was a pretty heavy duty floor model. I can’t give any advice in the value of yours but mine was a pretty beefy, hearty machine. I wish I still had it but the return spring broke and we couldn’t find a replacement. It’s still at my friend’s machine shop, awaiting repair. Interestingly, the serial number on mine is 7.

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#10 posted 09-12-2015 10:23 PM

Did you call Jet about the spring? The design hasn’t changed much over the years, they should be able to fix you up.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 03-02-2019 11:59 PM

I have the OR-1412 5 speed as well. It’s in need of some TLC…I inherited is when my Dad passed away back in 2002. It has been idle and in storage and went through a fire in 1993. It still runs and functions as it should but, it is worthy of restoration and will go back into operation. Now that I am semi-retired and recently had a work shop build, I am going to dive into learning woodworking beyond by novice life time experiences. I’m not brand new and have done some woodworking but, again, its really novice and there are miles I can go in learning. It’s long been a passion and now I am going to make it a reality. I am very excited. I have contacted JET for anything I may be able to get to help me restore this machine and make it last for decades more and pass along to my son…hopefully later than sooner!! ;>) thanks for the most helpful information. I was at a loss given the age of this drill press and knowing nothing about it’s origin other than it was my Dads and he did a lot of work with it.

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#12 posted 04-06-2019 10:07 PM

I just received this older jet OR-1412 drill press as a gift and it did not come with certain parts. Chuck key, belts ect…
Retiredtrooper I’d love to hear if you got anywhere communicating with jet for help. I’ve contacted them as well but I have no experience interacting with this company and wondering if you have had a good experience or not.

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#13 posted 05-08-2020 12:00 AM

Southlandshop or retiredtrouper did you get anywhere with replacement parts ? In need of a few myself, thanks

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