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Forum topic by Edwardnorton posted 08-28-2016 05:08 AM 1108 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2016 05:08 AM

I have a 17” floor model drill press & it has worked like a champ for the 12 years I have owned it.

Recently I was using it and discovered that it will not come down all the way for some reason. It travels about 3/4 of the depth stop now rather than all the way down.

The spring isn’t broken or at least it doesn’t appear to be as when I let go of the handle it goes all the way back up. I have searched the net and about all I am able to find is “broken spring” in comments from dozens upon dozens of websites.

Anyone else ever have this problem?

-- EdwardNorton

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#1 posted 08-28-2016 05:20 AM

Love your movies, I have had springs that just wear out from years of use. I would replace it with a slightly higher tensioned spring and see if can get another 12 out of her.

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#2 posted 08-28-2016 05:24 AM

Does it have a rack and pinion for the shaft that extends spindle? I know that may not be the correct terminology, but some thing may be in the teeth, or a broken one.

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#3 posted 08-28-2016 12:04 PM

Can you take the cover off the spring to see if it is wound solid at the point where it stops of if there is something in the spring that would stop it as it was tightening up on the down stroke. You might just have to take it off to do that if it is like mine where the cover is also the keeper for the spring.

Once the spring is off, cycle the quill all the way down and see if makes full travel . If it does, the problem is in the spring. If it does not, look at the top of the shaft or any obstruction on it that might stop it.The next thing to do is to take out the quill to check the rack gear inside. The shaft with the arms should pull straight out the right side of the drill press once the spring is removed. Then the quill will side out the bottom. Check a blow up drawing on E-replacement parts to see if there is a keeper in there somewhere too. That should show you how to take the top pulley off the quill shaft to let slide out the bottom.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 04:24 PM

Tore into it and found debris up around the spindle. All is good again…


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