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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:04 PM

My neighbor dropped this off at my house today, I was in school when he came by but he told my mom it belonged to his parents. His father gave it to him since he had no use for it, then he had no use for it so now I have it. Its a Stanly drill on a Craftsman stand. It does not have a large chuck at all but thats ok. Even if I only use it to make pilot holes that will save me lots of work. Everything on it moves smooth and I drilled a few holes in a piece of wood to try it out. It worked like new! Here are some pics.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Nice old rig. Should last you a lifetime as that's quality stuff.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:12 PM

Ryan that drill may not have a big chuck but it looks like it is well made and should have lots of power judging by the size of the motor. That will come in handy when drilling small items. Just make sure you clamp your workpiece because if the drill bit binds it will turn the work and you can easily get cut or banged up.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:13 PM

That's nice Ryan! I hope it serves you well. That's the Company I used to work for. There old stuff was made to last.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 05:08 PM

Nice rig! Certainly a better outfit than I started out with. Like you said, get the pilot holes straight and your off and running.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 05:14 PM

Wow! Hadn't seen one of those setups in years! Glad it all still works.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 05:16 PM

That is cool! I bet you were surprised when you got home today. That is a really quality piece of equipment that will probably last for you to give to your son.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 05:42 PM

You can always change the chuck to a half inch. I have an old aluminum craftsman 1/4" drill with a half inch chuck on it. That old drill just keeps going! The unit you have there is a really nice setup.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 06:18 PM

That's a great piece of equipment to have around Ryan! It was very nice of your neighbor to give that to you.

...Just make sure you clamp your workpiece because if the drill bit binds it will turn the work and you can easily get cut or banged up.


I'll second that, and add that it's old enough that it probably doesn't have "brake" or clutch. Those older drills will spin with a lot of torque even after you've let off of the trigger! Just be careful with it and it will serve you well!
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 07:20 PM

Thanks for the words! I figured this one will last a long time also. I can't wait to use it!

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 08:32 PM

I have my father's , about that size and it sure comes in handy , you'll find lots of uses for it . Al
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 09:47 PM

That sure is a great gift your neighbor gave you. It sure looks like it was made well. Good for you.

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Posted May 17, 2012 - 09:28 AM

Good Deal Ryan! I would be completely helpless without a drill press. And a personal oddity is I get a real charge out of fixing and using tools that were used by previous generations.

And JD Brian and Caseguy are giving you some good advice! A drillpress is a simple devce that we too often take for granted.
Yet it can be one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. If you don't believe it look for that post by Cvans about his broken window. I've seen many people hurt with a drill press, especially when the bit breaks through a piece of steel and catches, the torque tends to throw whatever workpiece your drilling. Get yourself a drill vice and bolt it down (a $10 harbor freight vice will do) or improvise holddowns . Whenever you feel the bit breaking through reduce the downpressure till the burr cleans.
Kind of funny but not the least bit funny was the hippie I knew in the factory machine shop who drilled a hole in his hand. Held his hand up to the light and said WOW.

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Posted May 17, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Old school, man. If the drill you have (or get) has power, then don't rule out the larger holes. Because steel has gotten better, you see a lot of bigger drill bits in 3/8 chuck even.

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Posted May 17, 2012 - 02:00 PM

Dean, I dont have any of those stepped bits. All of mine are one size the entire length of the bit.

I have one drill that has a 1/2 chuck and it quit on me a few weeks ago. How hard is it to switch the chuck?




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