Now it's going to look like I am copying Stu. But I have been planing on restoring my two Craftsman Drill presses for a while now. Just so happens Stu was just a couple of weeks ahead of me.
Craftsman model 103.2314 Based on the other machines I got I am assuming this one dates to late 40's to early 50's. It's hard to date most craftsman machines. I do know it was made by King Sealy for Sears. I found what appears to be an identical machine in the '49 catalog.
This is what it looked liked today when I started disassembly. If you notice in the third photo this drill press had a jack shaft in it. I found it listed as an accessory in the catalog. Claims to be able to slow the spindle down to 200 RPM' or as fast as 15,000! Don't think I will test that and see if it true. I hate replacing smoked bearings.
I started taking it apart and that was rather simple. No real surprises. And Stu, your jack on the table trick came in handy! The column was loose and started out but would only go so far and stop. The jack was the ticket.
Here is it all in pieces. I still have more disassembly to do but this is the major pieces. I know the jack shaft bearing is worn out. Makes a horrible noise! I also found it is broken and not sure if I can repair it of not. If not, I may just swap the motor out for a 3 phase and then I could have variable speed and stil have the low speeds for the big forstner bits.
Here we can see the original color. Guess what? It was gray!
The head is currently in the tank being electrocuted. I put extra laundry detergent in there hoping it will loosen up all the dirt that was in there too. Thats the dirtiest machine I have ever torn down. BTW that is old rust in the tank from some previous project. I just add more water since the chemicals stay in there.
I think that is it for the day. I woke up extremely early and now I am tired.