Old Craftsman drill press belt tension handle jammed

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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 04-18-2018 12:52 AM 2789 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2018 12:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press

(Yeah, I know clockwise loosens the tension.)

Craftsman 113.213850 drill press.

I’ve WD40-ed it and given it a few taps with a hammer, but it’s still jammed. Any suggestions? I don’t want to break anything, but I’d like to set it to a faster speed.


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#1 posted 04-18-2018 01:19 AM

try a 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid as the penetrant.
if you can get to it safely with a hand bottle torch, heat may be necessary.

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#2 posted 04-18-2018 01:42 AM

Probably a stupid question, but did you release the two lock knobs (handles) first?


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 04-18-2018 02:07 AM

Not a stupid question, Brad. I didn’t realize there are two of them, just the one next to the handle!

Will check.

Thanks John Smith. I do have a heat gun, if that gets hot enough, but I’m afraid to break the thing.

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#4 posted 04-18-2018 02:32 AM


Well, Brad…

You know, I’m happy that the problem was my being a dope rather than a broken drill press. :)

Thanks again.

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