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by chief
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 1179

Re: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?

Yep, that works well, if you keep the column clean, and a little dry lube helps a lot.

I've added a motorized table lift mechanism to mine with hardware from an old hospital bed. I also switched to a DC motor with speed control and a tach readout.

Terry
by chief
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 1179

Re: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?

P.S. I forgot to mention, just as a reminder, that this drill press is like most consumer presses in that era, and does not have a cranking system to raise and lower the table, just a clamp to loosen, then gravity and muscles take over. Usable, but not nearly as handy as newer machines, and the pote...
by chief
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 1179

Re: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?

I have a similar Craftsman drill press, mine has a more industrially oriented table, with tee slots and coolant channels, but it shares the 8 speed pulley system with a 1/4" wide vee belt. I bought mine new in 1970, and can truthfully say it has never given me the first lick of trouble. The most ama...
by chief
Thu May 30, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Shared air and electric line
Replies: 28
Views: 4100

Re: Shared air and electric line

I'm with RussN, when Harold said he built a castle, I had no idea he meant it literally! LoL

Terry
by chief
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: machining should square
Replies: 14
Views: 2518

Re: machining should square

Well, the smart folks here will most likely tell you I'm crazy, but if it were me...... If your lathe has enough swing, I would just mount the entire motor, cover the cooling holes with tape, and turn it in place. It would probably be best to run the lathe in reverse, with an upside down tool, so th...
by chief
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Great service
Replies: 18
Views: 2434

Re: Great service

There's one more great thing with MCM for any of you who use CAD software. You can import parts from their online catalog directly into the software. I do it with Fusion 360, but I suspect they have the same arrangement with other software companies.
Terry
by chief
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milling machine vise/CNC vise
Replies: 3
Views: 1170

Re: Milling machine vise/CNC vise

As Glenn says, means different things to different companies.

In relation to the lack of ears on the CNC vises, they are generally milled square so the vise can be laid on it's side for clamping odd stock.

Terry
by chief
Fri May 11, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shaper forum??
Replies: 20
Views: 3086

Re: Shaper forum??

There used to be a shaper fourm on yahoo, but I don't know if it still exists, I don't visit yahoo much any more, but I'm sure you could search for it there.

Terry
by chief
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach owners
Replies: 29
Views: 16630

Re: Tormach owners

The mill looks great, you should have a lot of fun with it.

Terry
by chief
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach owners
Replies: 29
Views: 16630

Re: Tormach owners

John,
Yes the Y motor does stick out, actually, about 8 inches, from the stand. So you do need to leave it proud of the wall a bit, but not totally a bad thing, there is a panel on the back for access to some plugs and such, so having it away from the wall helps to get into that.

Terry
by chief
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Tormach owners
Replies: 29
Views: 16630

Re: Tormach owners

Hi John, If by standard splash walls, you mean what Tormach calls the "deluxe stand", then yes, it can go against the wall. The power switch and a couple of aux plugs are on that end, but they are 8 or 9 inches inside the stand. There is a small sheet metal panel covered opening in the stand on that...
by chief
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saving the hole.
Replies: 14
Views: 2631

Re: Saving the hole.

+1 on the hole saw. It has the added advantage of not having the loose puck in the hole causing problems when it comes free from the plate. Also using a mill with a secure setup means you can do it without the pilot drill on the hole saw, if you prefer not having a hole in the puck.

Terry