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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Irish Scores a Barn Find, Well Actually In Sum Doods Basement Find... How Could I Not Buy This?


 From a serial number search it appears to be a 1971. Remember that when you look at the pictures.

I picked this up last Sunday from a guy that did woodworking. He bought it from the original owner that did woodworking.

Here's the closest manual I could find just to compare.




Now I ask you, how could I not give this a good home? Even if I drill one hole all year, I couldn't pass this up. Nothing built of chinesium can compare to these.



Original work light and Cutler Hammer switch.

Original belt?



Rockwell Motor

30 comments:

  1. It looks like it just came out of the box. I went to high school with the machinery dealer's son. It looks like they are still in business.
    My favorite drill press is made by Charles Allen of Barre, Massachusetts, but most of theirs would not fit in anyone's home.

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  2. if you buy a drill press buy a floor model like this. a benchtop drill press does not have the vertical space for a large drill bit, a vise, and the item to be drilled.

    when you drill, low speed and high pressure produces proper spirals of removed material. if you make chips you are spinning the drill too fast.

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    1. The old adage of “Half the speed and twice the feed”.

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  3. If you drill just one hole, it looks like you'll be the first to drill one. Yeah, it needs to be somewhere where it'll be appreciated. Buddy of mine gave me an early 70's floor model one that has two work surfaces, and the other one has an XY axis rotating vise. Not pristine, but very appreciated in my little shop.

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  4. Now that's a beauty! Certainly puts my little, benchtop Craftsman to shame............

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  5. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum!!!!! I has a serious case of jealousies.

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  6. You are one LUCKY bastich! I have a Chinesium Harbor Freight 30" high tabletop that... sorta works. Motor is weak.

    I'm green with envy!

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  7. Lucky SOB!

    -rightwingterrorist

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  8. Good work. When a real tool falls into a craftsman's lap, at least one thing in the world is right.

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  9. Sweet! 😆👍

    May I ask what you paid for it, Irish?

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    1. 200.00. Worth every penny to me.

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    2. I bet you find that you drill more than 1 hole a year. With a beautiful tool like that, you will be drawn to it, and will find more and more things that you want to use if for, just for the thrill of holding onto the handle, and fondling it. I won't go any further, I have already said more than I should have.

      pigpen51

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    3. I imagine that the line for 'assists' will form to the right...................;-) and likely be quite long as well.

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  10. The table is missing the usual arc of idiot holes. That is very, very, good.
    A couple of holes in the table is proof that we all are human.
    Well done indeed.

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  11. I like the art deco look of the switch box

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  12. Phil is going to be jealous as hell. This one is much better than the one he scored over the winter that required some serious repair work on the table. You should email him a pic just to tweak him a little. Nah. Kidding. He'll find it on his own.

    Nemo

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  13. $200 bucks? Geez. The seller didn't know what he had. Good job, great find.

    I spent a couple years working for a machinery dealer, buying, refurbishing, and reselling old machine tools. We usually didn't get a lot of the smaller tools like this one, because shops usually kept them forever, and the profit potential wasn't that high. We went for the really big stuff, the size of a truck. The smaller mills, lathes, and drill presses just seemed rare.

    Personally I bet you could shine that baby up and get ten times what you paid for it, to the right buyer.

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  14. That's handier than a pocket in a shirt! Helpful hint: We installed a foot
    pedal for the on/off. Works REALLY good because it leaves both hands free
    in the inevitable "OOPS!"

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  15. Solid find!!! That will last you a lifetime.

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  16. OMG is that sweet! Nice score for damn sure.

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  17. Nice score, Brother.

    Leigh
    Whitehall, NY

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  18. Very nice. I am somewhat jealous remembering i have a harbor freight drill press

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  19. Very nice find...I too love the older iron, especially when you get a deal like that! The previous owner new what he was doing and took care of his machinery....

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  20. "Nothing built of chinesium can compare to these" So Well said!!

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  21. I'm late to the party, but I agree with the others. You got a steal on it, and you will wind up using it way more than you think. Congrats!!

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  22. Dang Irish, You done good...That will last for years....and years...

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  23. That's made well enough to last several generations!

    SCOOOOORE!

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  24. It's about the only thing that'll drill through all of the rock-hard Jealousy Wood being sported by your visitors. Congrats, brutha.

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  25. Great find FI. I am a woodworker & have several DR pieces in my shop. Will run forever. Would love to see manufacturing of equipment BACK where it belongs, in THE USA. Enjoy.

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