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jmhoying

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I picked up a Clausing variable speed drill press from a Craigslist ad. I offered the guy $200.00 and he accepted. The drill press was in decent overall condition, and had a new motor on it. I disassembled the machine and cleaned up and painted everything. Mechanically, it was in very good condition, and the only real repair work I did was to straighten a few of the handle arms. One really nice feature is the table lift, which works great on that heavy table (btw: the table doesn't have a single drill mark in it!)
This is my second Clausing variable speed drill press. The first one is in my metal shop, this one will be in my wood shop.
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You got an awesome deal. Those never come up for sale here in Hawaii and I've been lusting for one for years. VS, angular contact bearing in the quill - built the way a good DP should be.
 

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Yes that was an awesome deal. That is a very nice press, glad you rescued it and tuned it up!
 

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Very nice restoration. Well done. I love the table lift.
 

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Only rarely seen in my parts, those machines are always priced beyond the depth of my pockets. I would dearly love to own one of those drills. You did a smashing job on the restoration too!

Please share, to clean that column you chucked it into a lathe and used a steady on the outboard end didn't you?
 
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rwm

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Very nice find and beautiful result!
Is is just me or do the spindles look small on those machines? Any issues with that?
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Great work. Those Clausings are fabulous drill presses. It should last you a couple of lifetimes.

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Great job ,looks better then new. Around my area they want minimum $800. Even wrecked at $600. Guess they don't know steel ain't gold. Good luck nice paint job .
 

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Here are the badges on my two Clausing drill presses. The first one (originally green) is in my metal shop and I wanted to use it for tapping, so I put a 3 phase motor on it and a VFD. It will smoothly go from forward to reverse in less than a second. I paid $100 for this one at an auction.
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The tag from my latest drill press (the one in the original post)
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rwm

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Man, those are great deals. I wish I could find one nearby.
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That thing is awesome! Great job and on price too! I would have bought it in 2 seconds at that price. A variable speed drill press is on my want list.

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Hey guys- I have a Clausing 1672 drill press arriving by freight on Saturday. I am not sure I can easily move this beast. Since y'all have some experience with these how easily will it be to take it apart for moving? Can I easily pull the head off the column if I lay it down? Any other tips?
Thanks in advance
Robert
 
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