After tilting the table, I cannot tighten table bolt on Delta drill press

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Forum topic by sotan posted 08-02-2017 01:28 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2017 01:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press table tilt

I just got a brand new Delta Drill Press (Model #18-900L), it’s an 18” press.
Anyway, as with all new tools I like to go through each function/feature to make sure everything works as it should.
Everything was going great until I attempted to tilt the table to either side.
For the life of me, I could not get that bolt to budge (The bolt that must be loosened to enable you to tilt the table)

I FINALLY got it to turn, and I tilted the table to each side, and NOW, I cannot get that bolt to tighten back up! There is an index pin to reset the table to a flat 90 degrees, and that is the only thing preventing the table from tilting to either side (The table would be unusable if it weren’t for that indexing pin)

The bolt just turns and turns and turns, never making any purchase in a threaded receptor (Like a nut).

Does anyone know how in the heck you tighten this bolt? There HAS to be some kind of trick to it – all I did was loosen the darn thing, and now I cannot tighten it back up! I have written to Delta Support, and am awaiting their response, but I thought I’d check here – I am sure there are more knowledgeable people here anyway!

The Table Bolt is labeled (TT) on page 14 of this manual:
I am VERY upset and worried about this. I don’t have a lot of money so a machine like this is a BIG deal to me, and to have broken it after only 2 days – makes me almost sick to my stomach. It’s also a 260 lb machine. I had to bother a friend with a truck to get it home from the store. I can’t exactly just plop it in the trunk of my car to bring it in to a repair shop.

-- Doug - St Paul, MN

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 02:09 PM

I don’t have one of these but from looking at the manual, it is possible that you loosen the bolt more than a 1/4” and it came off of what it get screwed in. If that is what happened, then I would try and put the index pin UU in first before tightening the bolt. The index pin might help adjust the position of the bolt to the thread it needs to connect with. A little bit of wiggling around and so on it should get you there.


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