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  • It is a sad day for me.

    My 30+ year old Ohio Forge Drill Press is dead..... The motor is seized up solid. That was the oldest tool in my shop, next to my 25 year old Sears radial arm saw.

    I do know if I will send it to the scrap medal place or have it mounted on the wall for its devoted 30+ plus years of faithful service....

    Rest in peace old buddy.


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    Sorry to hear that Pete. You don't think it can be repaired? I've never done any restoration/major repair work, but based on comments I've seen on other Woodworking sites, the folks over at OWWM know all there is to know about fixing up old machinery. Maybe post a question over there and see what their brain trust thinks. Worth a shot to save a great old machine like that.

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    • #3
      Sorry to hear about your drill press Pete. I agree with Bill, you will probably be able to replace the motor with a few modifications to the mountings. You may be able to remove the motor and have it re-wound. In my career as an industrial electrician I have had many motors away for a re-wind and the cost is not as much as you think. Either way when something has served you well for 30 years I reckon you should find it a quiet corner where it can watch over you.
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      • #4
        Just give him a new heart. All ya need to do is lineup a spinning shaft and tape it down.
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        • #5
          Tis a sad day for sure. Perhaps sparky can breath new life into it, but after 30+ years, maybe he needs to retire as well and make room for one of the next generation.
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          • #6
            30 years old? That's just beginning its life of service!
            I've got a Walker-Turner drill press I bought used 30 years ago, and it had seen plenty of usage (and I think some mis-use) before I got it.

            I have not been able to date it accurately, but my guess is it was made in the early 1940's. It is one of the most used tools in my shop. There's not much to a drill press. If the quill is in good shape, everything else is relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. The only exception might be the bearings if custom bearings were used.

            They don't build 'em like they used to - breath new life into this one - you'll be glad you did.

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