drill press return spring problem or quill?

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Forum topic by coachbryan posted 12-29-2013 12:46 AM 1579 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2013 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press troubleshoot tool set up question spindle quill spring tension

Hi fellow jocks!
Yesterday I purchased a brand new skil bench top drill press. (You know the one from the home center…) Today when I unpacked and assembled it I noticed that the quill meets some resistance along its travel. When you release the lever the spindle stays down and I have to manually move the lever in order to retract the spindle. The manual states that the return spring tension is factory set and shouldn’t need to be adjusted but I don’t necessarily trust that claim. I have an email into to their customer support but they are of course closed. Is there any other troubleshooting I can do before opening up the spring housing and fooling with the tension? Thanks everybody!

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 01:47 AM

Maybe some lubrication on the quill?

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 02:19 AM

If it is new and the quill does not retract back up, either the quill spring is not attached or does not have enough pre load on it to lift the quill. The resistance may be the spring rubbing on the quill instead of being attached.

I’d take it back and ask for another GOOD one!! It should work out of the box. Don’t waste any time on it!


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#3 posted 12-29-2013 02:39 AM

Jakosh is right on,I have repaired the spring return of an old drill press,it wasn’t very hard to do but why would you even consider fixing a new DP and ruin the warranty in the process ,just take it back and get a new one,test it at the store first.

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 02:46 AM

is there a quill lock that hasn’t been loosened?

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