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    My new old drill press

    I just picked this 1950's era Craftsman up last week from a local carpenter. It's in pretty good shape, been painted once a long time ago but it was a good job. It needs to be taken apart for a good cleaning and lubrication, and new power cord and belt. I'm trying to decide whether to re-paint it or not. No rust to speak of, which is great. If I do I'll post some pictures but it won't be for a while as I'm up to my ears in other things.








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    I really like these old Craftsman drill presses. You might even say they tickle my funny bone.

    I wish I had one too.

    Carl if you paint it how about a wee bit of color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    I really like these old Craftsman drill presses. You might even say they tickle my funny bone.

    I wish I had one too.

    Carl if you paint it how about a wee bit of color.

    Well, a little red would match my tablesaw


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    Very nice, love them old drill presses!

    Cheers!
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    Humm, where have I seen that drill press??

    Glad to see your here posting Carl.

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    Thumbs up

    .... Nice press Carl, I belive a friend of mind had one like that. I notice even back then they didn't use sealed or close motors.

    Nice find .

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    Yes. Nice find. Keep us updated

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    Well I've finally got around to working on the drill press. I've taken the motor off, removed the paint, cleaned out all the dirt, and re-painted the motor and brackets. I'm ready to put it back together but need a new power cord. What size should I get? The local hardware store only had replacement cords (3-prong) in 16 gauge, called it a medium-duty cord. Will that work?

    Thanks,

    Carl

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    Technically, it should work, but I typically prefer to go a bit larger like 12 or 14g. (The pic of your motor states it's 8+ amp load)
    Also, I have used heavy gauge extension cords to replace old cords - just cut the female end off and tinned the leads.

    FWIW,
    Wes

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    Wes - thanks, I'll get one sized as suggested.

    Another wiring issue, the internal wire that runs from the switch and attaches inside the motor has the insulation worn through in one spot. Should that be replaced or just tape it up? It looks like the insulation is cloth of some sort and the insulation wore thru where it made a bend. (As you can tell I'm not too good on electrical stuff.) If it should be replaced what size wire should I use for that? 14g?

    Thanks,

    Carl

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