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weathersfuori

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06-06-2019 03:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press craftsman column rack parts restore

I moved into a new house last week and the previous owner wasn’t able to remove all his belongings, so I have acquired some older Craftsman machines that I have no reason to keep. One is a 17” floor model drill press 113.213170. It is in pretty good shape and I’d like to sell it, but the column rack is broken. I’ve done some googling and searched on ebay for a replacement rack with no luck so far… everything I’ve found says no longer available.

Anyone have any resources for replacement parts that aren’t obvious in google searches? I know many of you like to restore these things, so I’m hoping I’m missing something. I’m not sure the worth of the drill press without being able to adjust the table height, though aside from the broken rack it seems to be a pretty good machine.

Thanks,
Mike

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#1 posted 06-06-2019 04:13 PM

I would suggest some pictures to show the drill press and the broken column rack. Frankly, I’m not even sure what a column rack is and I HAVE a vintage Craftsman drill press. Good luck selling it, I’ll bet you can find a buyer locally.

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 04:29 PM

That column rack can most likely be mended by welding and a little grinding to clean up the teeth. Would need pics to be able to say for sure though.

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 06:19 PM

Does the rack look like cast iron? Or machined steel?

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weathersfuori

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 09:12 PM

Here are a couple pictures. The existing rack is bent and broken. Looks like previous owner tried to force the table down and broke the rack

The rack is the type that wedges into collars on the column to stay in place. I feel like this is a pretty common feature and I’m wondering if I could get a part from a different brand that would work. Not really worth the time and money to weld it back together since I can’t do that myself.

Thanks for looking!

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 10:26 PM

Look at other brands. Most are similar. Try e replacement parts.com

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 10:31 PM

Check Sears Parts Direct website.

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#7 posted 06-06-2019 10:35 PM

Any good machine shop can make one

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#8 posted 06-07-2019 12:07 AM

Try JB Weld. Can’t hurt anything. There’s not much force at all applied to that rack and never a constant force since it’s fully released once the table collar is locked.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 06-07-2019 02:52 AM



Try JB Weld. Can’t hurt anything. There’s not much force at all applied to that rack and never a constant force since it’s fully released once the table collar is locked.

- HokieKen

I would probably JB weld it as well. But here is what I would do. Try to hammer it as flat as you can and then see how good it fits together, cleaning up and nubs that may prevent it feom fitting together. Then on the back side, with an angle grinder, grind a groove in the back, maybe 6” long or so, and deep enough to fit some small steel rectangular solid bar(maybe 1/8×1/4 or so). Cut bar to fit in groove, dry fit, then jn weld it all together and the bar. After jb weld cures, grind flat and smooth. Then remove rust on column and oil it.

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#10 posted 06-07-2019 03:00 AM

This could probably be brazed together using a MAPP gas torch and bronze flux coated brazing rod. Fairly easy process without expensive equipment.

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weathersfuori

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#11 posted 06-07-2019 10:52 AM

Great ideas everyone, thank you! I’m going to give the JB Weld ideas a shot. Will try to remember to post an update on how it works.

-Mike

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#12 posted 06-07-2019 12:39 PM

When you get 1 installed, add a hose clamp or 2. Lots of those racks move sideways when you move the table up and down,hose clamps prevent that.

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#13 posted 06-07-2019 04:02 PM

If you try Sears Parts Direct and all you see is “no longer available”, start an online chat with them. I just went through something similar with my lawn mower. The website, and several other websites too, all said parts not available. But the guy I chatted with found them in just a couple of minutes. So instead of having to spend $300-400 on a new mower, I was able to get mine repaired for $25.

Oh, and maybe try OWWM.

Wayne

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#14 posted 06-07-2019 06:36 PM


When you get 1 installed, add a hose clamp or 2. Lots of those racks move sideways when you move the table up and down,hose clamps prevent that.

- hairy


Sorry. I must respectfully disagree. This type of rack is designed to “scoot” around the column as the table is moved side to side. Putting clamps on it will likely put stress on the rack as the table gets moved preventing the rack from moving with it. This might be the cause of the break the OP is now dealing with. Something kept the rack from moving sideways around the column.

Also, something doesn’t look right in the OP’s photo. I think there should be a support ring for the rack at the bottom as well as the top. Without it, I don’t think it is going to work properly even if the repair is successful.

Again. Sorry to disagree. But I don’t think JBweld will do the job. I think the only way to repair something like this is by welding, brazing or replacement. However, no harm in trying.

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#15 posted 06-07-2019 06:40 PM

Mcmaster-Carr has racks of various sizes in their catalog. Check on line.

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