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Got this in a multi-unit trade, made right here in my city. Designed for precision drilling, and I'm suitably wowed. Weighs over 150 pounds, has .001" runout at the drill bit, it's a hulk of a drill press.

It is 24" tall from the bottom to the very top of the guard. The pulleys are Bakelite (I presume to keep the weight down for runout purposes), and the belt is like a giant o-ring. I had to have a new one made, so I did it myself out of driveshaft urethane belt material, I fused the ends of the cord together and it works superbly.

I mostly drill woods and soft plastics, so it is overkill, but overkill is underrated.

Let me know any thoughts on age, the High Speed Hammer Company is still around, multiple rebrands later, and they had nary a clue for me.

(If this should go in the Antique Machinery section, please move the thread)

Have a great night!
Patrick
 

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That is a beautiful old drill press that will be perfect for precision light work. Nice score!
 

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What a fantastic machine. Thank you for sharing.
 
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