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Another Way to Slow Down Your Drill Press


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Default Another Way to Slow Down Your Drill Press

I have an old Craftsman 15" (I think) drill press whose slowest speed was about 550 rpms. I needed to go slower.

I know there's lots of talk about VFD's these days and I will soon go that way with my milling machine, but about 25 years ago I did this to the drill press:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LftCTaBj7gM

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I restored an old Craftsman DP like that a few years ago for a friend. In researching it I found an old catalog/brochure (probably at vintagemachinery.org), it showed an optional intermediate pulley which mounted in the column for getting lower rpm's. Easy enough to fabricate, just have not gotten around to it,
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