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Offline jchast

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I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« on: September 15, 2012, 01:00:37 AM »
Hello everyone... long time lurker... I don't post much.  Today I was given a vintage craftsman drill press.  Its a Craftsman 335.25926.  The drill still works on this!  As you can see from the photos, it needs cleaned up... Does anyone know the best way to clean this up?  The drill has a bunch of dust and grit and grime in it... do you think it could be safely disasembled and cleaned?  Thoughts and comments welcome on this!

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I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« on: September 15, 2012, 01:00:37 AM »

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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2012, 03:08:33 PM »
Spent a couple of hours today cleaning it up..... I think it looks pretty good for something that was made in 1952!  I took the drill apart and got the gunk out of there and now it runs even better!  The only thing I couldn't clean up was the power cord.  Nothing I had in my arsenal would make that look good again. Ohwell, I am happy with the result. 

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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2012, 03:24:57 PM »
These were quite popular in the 195o's into the early 60's. Dedicated drill presses were very expensive (given the salaries of the day), and many homeowner could only afford a power drill. So manufacturers provided many option add-ons to make the single drill do multiple jobs; i.e., sand, saw, grind, polish, shear, etc. Your drill press stand was a very popular accessory.

Nice work on refurbishing it  :beerdude:

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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 11:29:31 AM »
Thanks guy!  I did the best I could with it.  Nothing like giving an old machine new use and life!

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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 10:24:08 AM »
Very nice job! It looks like it should be good for a few more years. Those style drills lasted a long time with minimal care.
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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2012, 07:08:04 PM »
Purrdy!   :billcat:
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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2012, 01:23:03 AM »
Thanks for the kind words guys!

I've been trying to get that power cord a little cleaner, but nothing will clean it, believe it or not.... I actually used it today to drill holes in a section of copper pipe for an experimental alcohol stove I'm building. It worked great!  Not bad for free!  :)  My dad always said "Nothing makes an old tool happier than being brought back to life and being put to use."

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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2012, 10:26:08 AM »
A very wise man. I always say tools that aren't exposed to grease get sad and rust away in loneliness.
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Re: I was bequeathed a vintage Craftsman Drill Press!
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2012, 04:52:44 PM »
For years I wanted one till I ended up getting a vintage atlas drill press from my then girlfriend now wife. I see them fairly often now and don’t give them a second thought. Nice to see it being put to use, and post up the alcohol stove project!
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