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Carlosra

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01-15-2019 02:03 PM

I have the opportunity to buy a used Crafstman 15in, 1hp drill press… delivered to my house by the seller for $240. It is a bit dirty and has some surface rust from being in the guy’s shed, but it runs, belts look good, and comes with a drill vise. I couldn’t measure the runout on the chuck, but I didn’t see anything obvious. For those of you that have had experience with these drill presses or the like, do you think this is a good buy for a general garage (mostly woodworking and some occasional metal working)? Any drawbacks or issues with this machine that I should be aware of? It is an older model (model number 113.213151). Spindle speeds range from 250 to 3100 RPM. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 01-15-2019 02:11 PM

the seller should be able to tell you about run out if he or she has used it. It should be a big ol’ boy, you got room for it? Should handle nearly anything in your garage.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 01-15-2019 02:28 PM

That should be an excellent drill press. I have an older Craftsman 15” drill press I bought new back in the late 1950s that is still going strong. Not much to go wrong. Mine has a couple of features I wouldn’t do without: (1) a quill lock, (2) a depth stop. What I wish it had is a crank up/down table! If yours has these things, GRAB IT! Truthfully, I leave it in a medium speed and only change the speed for large hole saws and the like.

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#3 posted 01-15-2019 05:23 PM

+1 on previous advice. We may have paid less 60 years ago, but the Craftsman drill press is nearly indestructible.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Carlosra

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#4 posted 01-17-2019 04:18 AM

Well, I went ahead and jumped on the drill press! This thing is heavy!! The guy who I bought it from helped me load it into my pickup truck and I was on my way. The guy even threw in the vise attached to the table. My poor wife had to help me unload it! Haha!

As I mentioned, it does have some surface rust, but I should hopefully be able to clean that up with some scotch-brite and some oil. Any recommendations on how else to bring back its luster?

It may be a week or two before I can really get to cleaning it up, but once I do, I’ll post some additional photos.
I’m excited to get it cleaned up and put it on a mobile stand so I can tuck it away when not in use and roll it out when I need it. Any ideas on a good way to make it mobile?

Stay tuned…
Thanks!

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ThinkFr33ly

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#5 posted 08-13-2019 08:52 PM

I know this thread is old, but how heavy was this thing? I’m a pretty big guy (6’ 3”, 240lbs) – but I’m worried about loading this into my SUV myself. Doable or not?

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#6 posted 08-13-2019 09:59 PM

Lower the table to the bottom and remove the three feed handles. Those are the easiest to break. It is top heavy so it will tip fast. I picked up the head of my steel City and lifted it onto the post alone, which I wouldn’t try again, but if you put some padding in the SUV in case it gets away from you, it might work.

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ThinkFr33ly

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#7 posted 08-14-2019 02:06 PM



Lower the table to the bottom and remove the three feed handles. Those are the easiest to break. It is top heavy so it will tip fast. I picked up the head of my steel City and lifted it onto the post alone, which I wouldn t try again, but if you put some padding in the SUV in case it gets away from you, it might work.

- ibewjon

Thank you! Any idea how heavy this is? More than 150lbs?

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#8 posted 08-14-2019 04:46 PM

I bought a bench top drill press and it damn near killed me to move it. A floor model I would want help with. In a truck is one thing but in a SUV you can really scratch or dent a surface if you try to grunt it in or out by yourself.

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