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woodtickgreg

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A little story about this one. A friend of mine in Texas works at a scrap yard and he knows I am always looking for vintage machines. This one showed up and after getting a freight quote I said screw it and i just drive down from Michigan to pick it up. So I left at 8:00 on Thursday evening, arrived at 2:00 Friday afternoon and loaded it up. Byrd it to the bed of the trade, taped it, and strapped it down good. Met with some friends on Saturday morning, left at 2:00, and was home in Michigan by 10:00 Sunday morning.
So I don't want to hear any of you guys boo hooing because you saw a machine for sale cheap but said its to far away! LOL. I drove 1200 miles one way without stopping except to pee, get gas, and more coffee. A little over 18 hours each way. For the right machine I would do it again in a heartbeat, it was an epic adventure!
This is what I went after to save from the scrap shredder. It's as tight as can be, needs minimal cleaning, a good oiling, and very little light rust on the bed to be removed.
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This was on the trailer at my friends house in texas and in my driveway in Michigan.
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I took it to my work to untarp it and use an overhead crane to lift it up and set it on a dolly I made to get it off the trailer at my house, it weighs around 700lbs. Look at the table, not a mark on it! It's gonna clean up great.
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Here you can see it sitting on the dolly and strapped down to the trailer again for the ride home.
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The set up at home to get it off the trailer, heavy 6" channels.
And a rope wrapped around the jack for a brake.
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Worked like a charm!
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This is an awesome drill press! Only thing that needs repair is the elevation crank to raise the machine head and ram up. It should be an easy fix.
I never see these around here for sale and if I do they are pretty beat up. I think this one sat in a warehouse for a long time forgotten about.
I'm very excited to get this machine, it's all the drill press I will ever need as a hobbyist.
 
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Great find! Good for you for having the gumption to do the 2400 mile round trip.
 

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Good find. No more whining.
 

woodtickgreg

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I think I got the model number wrong on this, it's a 15-126.
 

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Nice looking machine, like a small radial drill press -- Good for you -- Jack
 
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