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Canadian Buffalo 21" Drill Press


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Old 10-28-2017, 09:03:56 AM
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So I just bought one of these for next to nothing. It works but the scrap man was about to get it! The pics aren't of my machine but exactly the same, I'll send pics once I uncrate it. There's a couple broken gear teeth in the back gearing. I hope to find parts or I'll machine it down and shrink a ring over and cut a new gear I guess. I've used these before and they're a sturdy drill also nice and old looking
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That will be a great machine if it has not been abused too badly. I prefer those old drill presses to the newer ones, much more rigid and capable of heavy drilling.
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It needs a little work but I'd seen it in action a while back. The power feed needs a repair on the shaft where the small step pulley mounts. It was run loose and dickered the shaft a bit. As I said the back gear has several broken teeth so it was being used in direct only for years. I'm pretty sure I can repair that but I'll have to dust off my dividing head as well as my brain for that of course the table has the obligatory couple holes drilled into it near the center. I was thinking to chuck it in the lathe and pocket it for an insert about 1/2" thick and 3" OD which would remove all the nasty. Hopefully unbox it next week and get a better look at things.
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Here is my drill press, I bought it in 1972, added the motor and chuck and it runs great. The table is pretty good for a machine probably over 100 years old. The only markings are: "Pat. Jan 83" on the handle. Checked that date and it is for the feed handle/worm assembly by Barnes. Don't know if the whole drill press is Barnes or just the handle.
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Forgot to say that none of the holes or divots in the table are mine.
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I have it's little brother, a #15 bench top model that was made from 1957 to 1962 which I horse traded a small bit of simple machining for a local company. I have a suspicion you'd have to spend a lot of money to buy a new drill today to match the quality those old ones had...and have.
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This is one acquired by my brother from a machine shop in Bardstown Ky. I wish I had taken a better look at it. I did not see any readily accessable data plates. Biggest drill press I have ever seen, over ten feet tall, belt driven, obviously. Did not measure the plate but guess it go be about 24 inches diameter and at least 2 inches thick. We will get to it after all of our woodworking stuff is up and running. Giant collet was in different part of shop and I did not get picture of it. Will be sometime before I get back to examine it. Meantime if anybody knows manufacturer, pleas let me know.
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That's pretty sweet it's hard to see well on my phone but I did see pics of similar machines while searching buffalo drill press, Kitchener blower and forge, Canadian buffalo and such. Search and switch to image they should come up. Maybe file names or further links will shed some light on the manufacturer of this drill. She's a real beauty though, would be cool really running from a line shaft!

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Might just do that someday when we make room.
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Here's a pic of a baby Buffalo for comparison that's been in the corner of my shop for years. 8" reach on a heavy cast iron slab that could mount the drill stand (or something else) in two locations. No height adjustment so it doesn't see much use. Motor looks lat 40's / early 50's and it runs well but not much power.



I think the last time I used it was to clean up some worn valve faces on a junk Briggs.
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Just un crated her. Needs a good cleaning and put my single phase motor on. Back gearing has broken teeth, I'll fix that someday
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