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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 09-18-2020 11:28 AM 358 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2020 11:28 AM

The tale is rusted into place but works well other than that

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 01:13 PM

photos of the name plate so we can see the manufacturer and other info.
a photo of the belt configuration would help too. (and what size motor).
that looks like a floor model DP that someone cut down for a possible bench model.
it looks similar to one I just sold that was six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds.
I got a $100 for it because it had a few major worn out parts. (that were fixable).


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#2 posted 09-18-2020 02:04 PM

Like John, I’d be lost on value without knowing it’s name brand.

In terms of the rusted in “tail” I am assuming you mean chuck taper? Anyhow the best answer to rusted in parts, fittings and whatever else is made of metal, is Kroil. Give it a shot before going in for the day, and the next morning you own the stuck part. Usually they come out without tools, just grab it and pull.

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#3 posted 09-18-2020 02:15 PM

Drill presses can get expensive because there are some really well made ones for metalwork. It might be a real nice model but without knowing more about it I wouldn’t pay more than $100. Assuming it runs, that’s not a bad deal for a press that size.

Sometimes a table has been turned to swiss cheese by abuse which is a bargaining chip. Ugly though.

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#4 posted 09-18-2020 02:22 PM

I wouldn’t pay more than maybe $50 for that thing in the condition it’s in. And that’s if I had to have it.

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#5 posted 09-18-2020 02:58 PM

There are a lot of other things that need to be considered that could potentially reduce the value. How is the runout of the chuck shaft, does the chuck work smoothly and operate freely, does it have a depth stop, can you raise /lower the table? It’s a unique height. Almost too tall for a bench and too short for a floor model. $50 is more than I would pay. If you are trying to sell these items that you are asking questions about, which apparently you are, move them over to the Trade & Swap forum.

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#6 posted 09-18-2020 03:22 PM

That looks suspiciously like an 80’s model Harbor Freight model I have (‘cept mine is green). I paid about $50 back then.

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#7 posted 09-18-2020 05:03 PM

It’s a generic Taiwan drill press from around the late seventies or eighties although it’s hard to tell the date because they haven’t changed hardly at all. Value in current condition is probably somewhere around 60 to $75, in working condition somewhere between $100 and $150. Most common name brand from back then was Orbit, it was the brand imported by Jet in early days.

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