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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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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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Old 07-26-2009, 07:27 PM   #21
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I can't imagine that there's enough rust on that column to justify trying to replace it (which would probably cost several times what you have in the machine.) Just get a "shop roll" of 2", 120 grit emery cloth and tear it into stips about 2' long and start working it back and forth around the column. You'll have it clean in 30 minutes.


QUOTE=RodStRace;4159883]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.[/QUOTE]
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Only reason I knew that would work is cause I did the same thing when I picked mine up to find out the vintage....

Second the emory cloth idea...it'll work well, hit it with some gibs afterwards or if your really into it some clear and call it good....
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:16 PM   #23
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Nice unit. You might try some metal prep and a scotchbrite pad to get the surface rust off. Then something to keep it off or slowed down.
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I've got one just like it and it was old when I got it in the 60's.

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http://www.roseantiquetools.com/id116.html

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I'll say late 50's early 60's. I have one just like it that was my Dads, it was in my folks house as long as I can remember. He built the house in '62, maybe it was to furnish his new shop. I came along in '64 and it was always there. A good quality unit.

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It also seems like some parts are still available from Sears!.
The Clausing company, same one that makes industrial mills etc, has a service center dedicated to supporting old craftsman stuff. Sears will likely refer you to them. Good luck
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Bought the cabinet, all the stuff in the drawers and the drill press Friday for 40 bucks! Any idea what vintage it is?

i have one like that at my shop in a floor model its a really good press
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Second try, Do you know where I can get the manual for the Industrial type Drill Press-1956? My Drill Press went swimming when Sandy invaded the Basement. Salt water doesn't mix with metal very well. I have been able to get most of the rust cleaned and oiled. But I still have to get the top pully off. The motor is dead, but I will send that out for repair or replacement. I miss my Drill press bought it 1975 used, and have used it ever since. Worked great on any type of metal. Most important is the diagram as to where and how to take the guts apart for cleaning. Appreciate any help you can give to get this OLDIE up and running again. Thanks Lori
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I have the floor model of that its the oldest and best piece of equipment I have
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I have the bench model, and it's still very solid and tight- just doesn't get used as much since I got the Bridgeport- you get spoiled after drilling on the mill
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Second try, Do you know where I can get the manual for the Industrial type Drill Press-1956? My Drill Press went swimming when Sandy invaded the Basement. Salt water doesn't mix with metal very well. I have been able to get most of the rust cleaned and oiled. But I still have to get the top pully off. The motor is dead, but I will send that out for repair or replacement. I miss my Drill press bought it 1975 used, and have used it ever since. Worked great on any type of metal. Most important is the diagram as to where and how to take the guts apart for cleaning. Appreciate any help you can give to get this OLDIE up and running again. Thanks Lori
If you're talking about a Craftsman drill press like the one in the original post, go to http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex...x?id=222&tab=3 and look through their index of reprints. There should be a Craftsman part number on it somewhere that will help your search. Also, they made that same drill press for probably 20 years so you don't necessarily need a 1956 manual. I have a similar drill press but mine is late 1940s or early 1950s, I found the manual there.
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If you're talking about a Craftsman drill press like the one in the original post, go to http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex...x?id=222&tab=3 and look through their index of reprints. There should be a Craftsman part number on it somewhere that will help your search. Also, they made that same drill press for probably 20 years so you don't necessarily need a 1956 manual. I have a similar drill press but mine is late 1940s or early 1950s, I found the manual there.
Thank you for the instant help. I will try there next. HAPPY NEW YEAR
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HI, I am in need of help for my 50's-60's drill press. Thanks to this forum I was able to get the press freed and able to work, but the motor needs a good cleaning. It works but sounds lousy . Was partialy under salt water for a few hours. I can't find any motor repair shop in the New York area that will even consider looking at it. Everyone says " Get a New One". Any ideas???? All help much appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi, this is a cry for HELP again. Thanks to your forum I was able to get the manual and free up the drill . MY problem is the motor. It works,just sounds lousy. It had been partially under salt water for a few hours and I would like to have it cleaned and checked out. Trouble is there isn't any repair shop that will do the work in the New York area. I keep getting told to replace it with a new one. Any ideas that will help is much appreciated. This is just the first vintage craftsman I have to repair, the other is a 6x48 belt sander I haven't even looked at yet.
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but the motor needs a good cleaning. It works but sounds lousy .
How about cleaning it? Can you take it apart a bit and see what it looks like inside? If just dirty/gritty and not rusty, I'd give the individual components a quick bath in clean water, then instantly pour acetone (to disperse the water) on them. Then blow them totally dry with compressed air. Then lube anything except paper products/wrappings with WD-40 to prevent rusting. Regrease the bearings with fresh grease, wipe off any excess lube/WD-40, and reassemble.

If it still sounds bad, you'll probably need a shop to rebuild or you'll need a replacement.
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Thanks for the information. I thought the motor was not running, when I hit the reset switch it ran. MY mistake was I thought it was running rough. WRONG, it was the table I had it sitting on, was shaking from the vibrations. I got up the nerve to run the motor for 20 minutes, didn't overheat, no sputters or stops. Put it back on the press today, forgot to tighten the pully and had a scare that something else was wrong. Just forgetfull me, tightened the pully and SHE ran Beautifully.. Now my new craftsman band saw is another matter. Not a fan of this new stuff.
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