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Forum topic by rdjack21 posted 12-14-2012 04:49 AM 1763 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2012 04:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press

Just had to share this deal I could not pass up. Friday of last week found a posting for 4 powermatic 1150 drill press’s and wait the seller only wanted $200 for all 4 of them! Called the seller and talked with him a bit these came off a four head table and he wanted to keep the table but was just not using the heads. 3 of them were in working condition and 1 was non functional. The bad news was that they are 3 phase. Told him I would still love to take a look at them. We agreed to meet at his shop on Monday (he was out). So here I am trying to figure out what the heck I would do with 4 of them when I only want 1 and he refused to only sell one he wants them all gone. I mean man these 1150’s are far better than anything else I can afford to get true I may have to clean them up and such but for $200 I’m more than willing to put some sweet into them.

The seller calls me up on Monday and asks if I’m still interested after having thought about it all weekend. I tell him I am but I’m having a hard time figuring out were I will put them. It seems he has had another caller that just wanted one as well and told me to come out and talk about it. So I show up take a look and man I want them bad but man they are big and where can I put them. Then he drops the bomb “Tell you what take two for half price I’ll sell the other two to the other guy”. Of course I really can’t say no to that seeing that I’m going to get two working units :)

And Yes It happened and to prove it:

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As you can see one of them is missing the chuck and both are missing the depth gauge but that is a minor issue that can be resolved. Other than that every thing seems to be working. True I will have to either get a 3 phase converter or replace the motor’s. I’m leaning toward replacing the motors at this point. But any way you look at it when I get thes cleaned up I will have one heck of a Bench top Drill press that will do every thing I will ever need a drill press for.

Oh on these drill presses the head moves instead of the table you can’t see it in the picture but they have a hand crank on the back side used to crank the heads up and down.

Now I just need to find the time to clean them up and make a cart for them.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 05:18 AM

Wow what a story and a real cool score.

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 07:12 AM

Good score – clean them both up and resell one, and you end up with one for free at least.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 08:02 PM

Yea that is what I’m thinking. clean them up sell one and keep one. Now the question is when cleaned up how much can I get for one? Because I’m going to at a minimum have to replace the motor (currently 3 phase) so the question is it worth investing in the second one in the hope that I can get my money back out of it.

At this point it does not matter I have a unisaw I have to restore/upgrade first.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 09:06 PM

Nice score

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 10:59 PM

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 09:27 PM

If you change out the motors, you may have a problem with the speed changing device. 3 phase motors are variable speed, but I don’t know if the DP is running off a single speed motor through an adjustable cone pulley set-up or a variable speed motor. Check this out before you buy.

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 02:57 AM

Those usually have a mechanical variable speed drive. I have seen a few that are single phase but they are far more elusive and more expensive too. Check out the old New Yankee Workshop series, he had a single phase delta drill press that was variable speed.

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 06:19 AM

They have some kind of variable pully mounted to the spindle. The motor is a single speed 3/4 hp 1725 220V 3 phase. So getting a replacement motor should not be a issue. You can get decent 1 hp 1725 motors on ebay all the time for resonable amounts of money. Or if you really want it you can get a Balder or Lesson.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 11:35 AM

Drill baby, drill!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 01:35 PM

I’d look for a junker floor press with the same diameter tube and make it a floor model with crank table. Wait to sell the other unit until you get at least one sorted out for yourself – you may need a part or two off the second unit. You never know.

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 02:52 PM

Building on dhazelton’s idea, has anyone ever seen or conceived of two heads on a single post?

It seems kinda weird in my mind, but having two setups at a time seems attractive enough to consider it.

[I have two available daily, and I like, at times, leaving a setup in one and using the other.]



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 02:44 PM

That’s a holiday score!

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