Been a lot of activity on drill presses here lately. New Steel City Tool presses, Kermit, other old iron restores.... Here's my old iron restore candidate. I got this as a package deal; Atlas drill press, Delta scroll saw and Craftsman RAS for $35 on a local online ad. The DP belonged to the family's grandfather. There is an Atlas #53 on the Old Machinery site that states a manufacturing date of 1945.
The press is in great shape, with nothing broken or missing. It also has the cool lamp, original I would imagine. I need to find a motor for it, maybe 3/4 or 1hp? 115/240V would be nice.
Says Model #53
This is probably going to be a "little bit at a time" project, as I have to find the motor, make sure all is working (should be no problem there) and then wait till it's a bit warmer to paint. I'll mount it on a Craftsman stand with a Herc-U-lift mobile base. This won't take the place of my new SCT floor press...just for a quick drill, or maybe a sander?
Here's one restored: