Restoring a 60 Y.o. Drill Press

Introduction: Restoring a 60 Y.o. Drill Press

This is a drill press I found in a closing shop. It has a 1962 date on a tag. I have searched for details or pictures but i haven't found anything. It appears its made in Greece but can't find any info on the brand. Anyway it seems to be well made and robust. That was enough for me to restore it plus i needed a drill press and it was the only one in my budget :)

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Step 1: First View of the Drill Press. It Is How I Found It.

Step 2: Body Disassembly

I start to disassemble every part and track the broken parts. The spring was broken, all the ball bearings where stuck, some teeth where missing from the main axle, the wiring needed replace but it still was promising.

Step 3: Motor Disassemble

I took the motor off and strip it down. I used my mallet to tap my screwdriver before i unscrew the bolts to get them out easier and not heart the bolt heads. Except the wiring it was in good condition.

Step 4: Scraping, Sanding, Polishing

Time for some cleaning... I started with scraping the ancient dust with a dull chisel. Then I sanded the parts with a sandpaper and then with a fine 3m sponge sandpaper and finally with a scotch brite.

Step 5: Derust

The parts that where rusted i used vinegar. Sunk the parts for a day. Then i used a brass brush to take the rust away and sealed the bare metal with wd40 and a scotch brite.

Step 6: Paint Remove

I used paint remover, and then i scraped it out with chisel, scraper and a steel brush to remove the bulk of the paint. Then i sanded all the parts. The wide surfaces with a sander and tight spots by hand.

Step 7: Painting Preparation

I cleaned everything with an oil cleaner to prepare for painting.

I masked all the surfaces that i didn't want painted and stuffed masking tape in all the screw holes

Step 8: Painting

I gave 2 layers of primer and 3 layers of enamel paint with a fine sanding between layers.

Step 9: Aluminium Parts

I sanded to bare metal the aluminium parts. filled the gaps with a body filler and sanded with a very fine wet sandpaper. Then i used a 2 part primer and finaly painted with all the other parts.

Step 10: New Stuff

I gave the main axle to a machinist to cut new gear slots and i bought new ball bearings, chuck, spring, belt and a few bolts i could not salvage.

Step 11: Assembly Begins

I assemble all parts on main body, then i close back the motor and grease all the moving parts.

Step 12: Final Assembly

I assemble the parts in their final position.

Step 13: Someone Found a New Home

Step 14: Tags and Stickers

I cleaned the tags with some wd40 and scotch brite and then with some spirit. One tag was missing so i made a sticker untill i make a proper one from brass or aluminium.

Step 15: Fin

This is almost done. Need to change the screwdriver with a proper handle. Handle is ready but i haven't found anyone with a woodlathe to make me the end balls, i have two pieces of olive wood root for it ;). The drill press runs very smooth and unexpectedly very silent. Hope you enjoyed my project as much as i did.

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    8 Discussions

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    75pilota
    75pilota

    Question 7 months ago

    Hello Alexander...great restoration.., I was wondering if you can help me out .,I am looking to buy a drill press that is the same brand like yours and was wondering if you have wired it from 3 phase to single phase power ? I think in one of your photos I see the addition of a capacitor and thats why I took the initiative to message you...If you have done the conversion could you please help me out and describe to me how you did it? ...also how is the performance of the drill if thats the case... I run only single phase where I am located and I am trying to find a solution
    Kind Regards
    Harry

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    -Alexander-
    -Alexander-

    Answer 7 months ago

    Hello Harry, thank you for your good words. I found one more like this one a few months ago. You are correct i have converted it to single phase cause i dont have 3phase in my house. It runs smooth with no overheating i dont know how much more power i would get with 3 phase current cause i havent used it with 3 phase. The capacitor is 35μF for a 380W motor. The motor is register as 220/380V and the connection i made is very simple. the switch has 3 posts, in one i put the phase from 220 and the one cable of the capacitor. The other cable of the capacitor gone to the second post and the neutral in the 3rd post. It will never run as it would with 3 phase but it will work. In a bench grinder i have done the same with different capacitor, the motor is overheating so i use it for a very limited time. I think the best choice is to use a VFD. I will try it to the bench grinder for sure cause it very common a burnt motor in these conversions. I am in no means an expert nor electrician so proceed with care. PS if you find an old drill press like this one make sure it has a table lift system or a very lightweight table my back will tell you the same ;) If you have more questions feel free to contact me again.

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    75pilota
    75pilota

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thank you for your reply and help...I also think after extensive reading and searching for the best solution.., that a VFD is the only way in cases like this...,I had the exact same issue like you did with a bench grinder when I turned it from three phase to single phase...it was overheating and never worked right...I think that with a VFD the drill will come alive and also give you that so many extra options as rpm control etc...I was looking at some at aliexpress for like 50$ up to 2hp motor...

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    -Alexander-
    -Alexander-

    Reply 7 months ago

    Yes i have seen them. They are on my list when i win the lottery :)

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    RobertW327
    RobertW327

    1 year ago

    Hi .nice restoration . for your handles I suggest drill and tap hole in your handle blank . find bolt with same thread as handle ,cut off head from bolt ,wind into blank . mount blank in your drill press and use rasps , files and sand paper to finish .

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    -Alexander-
    -Alexander-

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you. I have a steel rod for handle that i'll make 10mm thread at both ends and 2 pieces of olive tree root for the handles. I have bought some thread inserts for wood that will screw on handle i feel it will be more robust that way for the abusing it will take :) This is the plan im waiting for a friend to finish with his lathe restoration so i can use it to make the threads and the wood turning. Hope i'll post the final images soon.

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    ChrisS744
    ChrisS744

    1 year ago

    Well done! That drill press looks exactly like one I have that is branded Craftsman. Your belt cover housing suggests yours might be later than mine as mine lacks that stylish touch on top. Reminds me of the early KitchenAid mixers 4b is the model. Like wings on the 50s cars. Now when I look at mine Im going to want to give it the business too!

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    -Alexander-
    -Alexander-

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!! yes it's soooo 50's when the simplest thing was made to look, feel and work nice i love it!!!