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Old 07-26-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default How old is this Craftsman drill press?

Bought the cabinet, all the stuff in the drawers and the drill press Friday for 40 bucks! Any idea what vintage it is?
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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i dont know but my dad scored one just like it the other day, its nicely made so its gotta be old
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:42 PM   #3
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The coffee cans make good wall hangers.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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Check out the garage journal. Someone over there will know.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:53 PM   #5
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Looks to be from the 60's to me.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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Mid 60s. I got 1 just like it I cut a drive shaft and spliced it to make a floor model. If you do this just remember to bolt it down to the floor !!! >>>>.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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It has a serial# and a model#
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:03 PM   #8
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Looks like the one I got from my grandfather when he died back in '76. If I remember correctly, he bought it about 1955.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:09 PM   #9
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Very Nice, looks like all my other old Craftsman stuff by the color and script. At least these are still pretty much repairable if a bearing or something else goes out.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:12 PM   #10
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It has a serial# and a model#
Ah Ha! Yes I took a shot but it came out blurry, so I didn't include it.

103.23130 on a tag riveted to the base.

There is a tag on the motor, but it still needs cleaning. I can get that too, if it will help.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:22 PM   #11
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1956

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Old 07-26-2009, 04:35 PM   #12
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I've got one that is a gold color, thinking it's older?
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:58 PM   #13
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1950

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Old 07-26-2009, 06:12 PM   #14
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great score the older drill presses where more rigid in the quil and dont move like the new one,s do great find
and it has 4 bearing,s instead of 2 that the new one,s have
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:16 PM   #15
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Agreed, great find,

I thought I got a good deal, I found a 1975 Craftsman floor press for $100.

All ball bearing, no bushings, and you can rebuild the entire unit when you wear it out.

Though when I got it, it had a layer of dust over it....once I cleaned that off, It looke NOS....old dude that passed was a woodworker , near as I can tell he never put steel under the chuck, nary a scratch on the table.

It's been one of my best tools that I've ever gotten thus far.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:39 PM   #16
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I have one, I hoped it up with a bigger motor.
Its one of three things I have that are from my friend thats now gone. I thank him when I use it.
I have a craftsman bandsaw and 48 x 6 beltsander of the same vintage also.


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Old 07-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #17
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Thanks!!! I usually try google for stuff, but didn't think a serial number would bring up anything.
Lots of interesting stuff, like the manual free instead of the guys on E$$$ selling them for 8 bucks plus, and that it was made by King-Seeley.
It also seems like some parts are still available from Sears!
I'm going to check into a new column (#27611) since this one has so much rust. Mine also has a light built in, which doesn't show on the stuff I've seen so far. The guy removed the wiring from that and the OE switch when he mounted it on the cabinet and ran the wiring up to the switch in the yellow box, but I may redo that.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:58 PM   #18
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I have the same drill press, it's a great tool and very well built. Craftsman sold the same basic drill press for a number of years, from the early 50s up until I think the early 60s - the color and nameplates changed some, but the rest stayed the same. If you look around the Old Woodworking Machines page, they have catalogs from different years so you can see how it evolved.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:01 PM   #19
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that guy really saw you coming! the ad says it was only $83.50 Brand new! you paid half that for a 50 year old drill press! what a sucker!!! Just kidding! nice score!
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:19 PM   #20
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cool old drill. what I always find interesting is old guys junk drawers. I used to see a lot of them when I went to estate sales. drawer after drawer and jar after jar of mismatched hardware of all kinds. I always liked to sift through the junk to find the good stuff.
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