The wife ain’t gonna think so but I know I did.
In case you can’t tell, it’s a heavy motherfucker.
I went over to meet the seller this morning and he turned out to be a hell of a nice guy. Between the two of us the thing went right in the back of the rig by using a small movers dolly to roll the top half in on. Then we got to talking and wound up shooting the shit for about a half hour.
Not only did I get the drill press and the original motor, he threw in 3 more small electric motors for free and I couldn’t thank the guy enough!
That blue one is for the drill press.
Depending how you look at it, I either got this serious floor mounted drill press for fifty bucks and three free motors to boot or I bought three small electric motors for fifty bucks and got a free drill press. Either way, it was a hell of a good deal.
I have been looking for some of those motors off and on and they are getting hard to come by cheap anymore.
Once in a while I will see one go for twenty bucks but they are always clear the fuck and gone on the other side of Portland which makes it not such a good deal when you gotta take into account time, gas and the ever present clusterfuck traffic jams over there.
So 3 X $20 = $60 from where I am sitting either way.
It took me a good twenty minutes to wrestle the bastard out of the rig and onto the ground by myself because the damn driveway has such a slope to it, that little 1 ton Harbor Freight Cherry Picker has paid for it’s self over and over again at this point.
When I was talking to the guy, he told me that it used to be his Fathers and when he died this guy’s brother hauled this thing all the way up here from California to give to him and he’s like, Why?
He already has one and this thing has just been taking up space in his shop ever since.
Obviously not the sentimental type.
What I can’t hardly believe is that the thing has been advertised for two entire months and nobody else snagged it!
The cheapest I have seen something like this go for in over a year was $175 and it was a piece of crap.
Most of the time it’s $250 and up.
It’s a Jet, made in good old Jay-pan way back when so it’s nothing fancy but at least it ain’t made out of Chinesium*.
It is solid, the quill is in good shape, the bearings seem fine and it looks like it’s going to be fairly easy to put back together.
Even better, I actually had a Morse Taper insert with a 1/2 inch chuck on it that slid right in!
The table has seen better days, someone drilled a series of holes in an arc all the way across it but at least it’s big enough to put a damn drill press vise on.
So it looks like I have something else to keep me occupied for a while. I have been wanting one of these since we lived in the last place but there was always some reason that it didn’t happen.
Now to make some room and get after it. There is going to be a large expenditure of Elbow Grease here in my near future, plus several cans of WD-40.
I doubt that I will take it apart to get rid of the rust by soaking but I’m not going to rule it out. depends on how much work it turns into first.
I can’t wait to get this thing going.
*Raise your hand if you are an Uncle Bumblefuck fan.
If you don’t know what Chinesium is, it’s AvE speak for cheap Chinese steel or cast iron machine parts or tools that break under normal stress conditions and/or are horribly machined and ill fitting. The epitome of Cheap Chinese Crap.
Look up AvE on Youtube, the guy is seriously hilarious.
Thanks for stopping by and keep your dick in a vise.