Shawn if the drill press is beyond repair, I have a small benchtop DP you can borrow until you get another one,no rush.
I'd try to find a cheap DP and swap the tables. if it's an import the crank mechanism should match many different brands.
Another option is to heat it and pound it with a hammer to close the gap then use 2 or 3 heavy duty hose clamps .
That's very generous Ken, thank you. I don't think it's necessary tho. It's a delta drill press. Not the good old ones but the somewhat newer Chinese ones. I'm not terribly heart broken over this. Since I have the mill now, I'll likely do any of my metal drilling there. I did most of my woodworking drilling on the delta.
So, pound, braze, hose clamps, rinse, repeat?
I also have an arc welder and ONE ni-ci rod. Which I had previously read can be used on cast...?
Or is brazing the safer option?
I'd just try to braze it back together. Had good luck doing that sort of thing several times in the past. Probably stronger than the cast iron and fairly easy to do.
Just how DID you manage to do that?
In a moment of ignorance, intolerance, and frustration, I used the drill press as an arbor press seating a bearing. Which was working... but the round spacer I was using bottomed out a shoulder and everything stopped, I push harder, then harder still, then, *PINK*.. oops
Again, I'm not heart broken. Irritated, if anything. Once I feel the need to fix it, I'll try brazing it with some good clamps. Probably use a muffler c-clamp, stronger.
It can be welded using your welder and ni rod provided that yours is D.C. (A.C. may make a mess). And depending on the quality of the cast. I'm about 35 miles East of you, (Colborne); if I'm ever scheduled to be in your area I can stop in and fix it up for you with my mobile. Take about 2 minutes and a good chance to say Hi. Don't feel too bad, either. The old Delta held up pretty good. I've busted cheap Chinese vises just trying to install U-joints.
There you go Shawn, joncooey,s offer is your best option if you can wait.
You also mentioned you have a Nickel rod and may want to try to weld it yourself, how about a torch to heat the part? an Oxy/acetylene torch would be great to have or borrow.
Let us know how you do your repair if or when you do it.
I think I'll give that nickel rod a try. I've welded cast a few times before.
It's an AC welder. Ya the nickel rod is a bit messy with the AC, but it works.
If it all doesn't work and I flub it all, I'll part it out, or put it on the curb, or keep it and use it for some kind of project. I use this drill press pretty seldom. If anyone wants this for a project, gimme $40 bucks. I'd rather a pedistal drill anyways. The mini mill just took the spot on the bench the drill occupied.
I wouldn't waste any time welding that up. Like cathead said, make a weldment or make a new one from a solid piece of aluminum or ductile iron. Be an easy lathe project, wouldn't necessary require a mill but make it easier on the tapped holes and making a split cut in th piece.
From my experience with an 18" delta drum sander, delta no longer offers replacement parts in Canada, if at all, to my knowledge. But, there are a few parts websites that make after market parts. I'll check it out.
OK. Now that Hukshawn finally said what everybody else was thinking, just what where you thinking?
I'm glad that I haven's ever done something so ...... well OK, I probably have, but still.
I really think that your little goof is quite repairable and as I have found when such a thing happens to me, you will learn
not only from the (insert your own chastisement here) but also from fixing it up. You will look back on this and smile
on many occasions and have a good chuckle and admire the fact that you triumphed over catastrophe.
I suppose I should set the record. I was doing something stupid on a machine that wasn't designed to take that kind of force, mainly because, at the time, I really didn't care. It was likely a choice of hammer the bearing in place and risking ruining a brand new machine, or risk breaking a machine I barely use and likely bought for less than $100... I made my bed...
I posted cause I figured you guys would get a bit of a laugh out of such recklessness... I assure you, however, I don't treat the lathe or the mill to such recklessness. If I did something like that to either of those, you're likely to see the deplorable sight of a grown man reduced to a teary pile of pathetic on the floor.
Last night was garbage night. I got a little carried away with tossing some crap to the curb in the spirit of tidying up. I ALMOST put that drill press out there as I have currently no intention to fix it and it's just in the way.... buuuut I decided I better not do that... but the scrap guy who stopped by as I was putting an old working stereo by the curb was fairly happy to take my refuse and scraps.
We all have had to make do with what we have on hand. I'd much rather see a bearing seated using a drill press then when I see photos of guys using their lathe. Pushing the bearing in-place with the tail stock. I don't see how that can help the spindle.
AND it would have worked if the work didn't bottom out
I'd just weld it. It's likely just mild steel. If it's cast or something else, if you have a TIG or know someone who does, it can be welded just about no matter what the metal type is . Weld, flap disk and re-paint it and you'd never know the difference other than it'll be prettier than the rest of the DP.
I've used my Taiwan (old but not good) drill press as a press before, really pulled on it too to where I was sure the quill feed gear would break. Hasn't tho, the wretched
thing just soldiers on, with it's saggy table and wiggly quill. Must be about a '73 or '74 vintage. Ugg. I actually kind of admire it now.
Back about 1978, dad sent me and my brother to one of those traveling tool sales in Houston to buy two drill presses. We came home with the two, both the same model, a floor model, both had No. 2MT spindle taper with a drill chuck. All made in Taiwan. Tables were not flat on either one. And one had the slot for driving out the MT drill chuck and the other did not. Who ever has it now, it's probably still like that today.