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Forum topic by russes posted 01-18-2022 10:11 AM 350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2022 10:11 AM

Hi can anyone tell me if the head on a Delta 17-965 drill press can rotate 180 degrees.
Thanks Steve

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#1 posted 01-18-2022 01:23 PM

Most drill press heads just sit on the column supported by a stop collar. You could turn them, but my concern and caution would be them tipping over. The heads are always centered with the floor base. Drill presses are notoriously known to be top heavy.

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#2 posted 01-18-2022 03:54 PM

No it does not rotate, however it looks like the table does.

-- John

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#3 posted 01-18-2022 06:29 PM

I’ll warn you ahead of time, what jkm312 stated is accurate, drill presses are top heavy and if it starts to go during a process it won’t end well. The drill press base is designed so it can be bolted to the floor or and oversized base, do this before you do anything else.
The manual for this drill press is here:
You can rotate the head on the column, but it is a PIA. And, if you want to switch back an forth, alignment can be a pain as well.
Just curious, what are you trying to do?

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#4 posted 01-18-2022 06:35 PM

the only reason i could think of for doing that is if your drilling something tall or long,in that case just swing the table out of the way.or as stated,disaster.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-22-2022 03:05 AM

Hi thanks to all who replied to rotate drill press head 180 degrees.
The reason I asked was this was this was being assembled in a very tight space from a horizontal position on the floor
Glad to say it is now upright with the head in the right position

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