Power Drawbar

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Re: Power Drawbar

Post by Bill Shields » Sun May 02, 2021 8:28 pm

You are going to have to build a frame to support it.

Most Bridgeport's type mills have the belt system between two bearings...and there is a frame around and above the pulleys onto which this type of unit can be mounted.

Most mill drills have the belts as the upper most part of the machine with no frame above the pulley to which you can mount a power drawbar.

Yes...it can be done but is going to be a lot of work
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Re: Power Drawbar

Post by c7z06 » Sat May 08, 2021 8:47 pm

I use a right angle impact driver along with a right angle drill adaptor with a 3/4" socket. It was cheap and works, plus you can use the impact driver for other work, as needed. The trigger is up against the mill head, so a slight pressure activates it You can hold the driver near its bottom.
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Re: Power Drawbar

Post by NP317 » Sun May 09, 2021 10:34 am

THAT's a creative solution!

I've found several inexpensive power drawbar devices online.
But decided it is good rehab exercise for my rebuilt shoulder to manually do the job.

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