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Buffalo Model 15 bench top drill press

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A friend of mine had recently asked for some advice on restoring an old drill press he'd gotten out of an old house the bank had taken over to sell - they call him to come clean them out and do the prep work .

 

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It's an old Buffalo model 15 and not in bad shape . He had tried to remove the spindle and top pulley to check the bearings over as I had instructed , most times the grease has hardened into a solid mass and needs to be cleaned out . I had told him to rent a bearing splitter to remove the pulley - obviously he skipped that step and tried to pry it off , so I gotta try to track that part down . I believe some of the older Delta models used the same spindle pulley so maybe I can find one , not too many of these model 15's left around . One thing that is really odd is the table surface - it's perfect with not one mark of shame in it , odd for being a 1941 and most have a pretty good smiley across them - like my Clausing did ...

 

It will be awhile , but I'll try to get some more pics and better details . The clock spring is intact , which is also rare and I'm thankful I don't have to retrofit one from the list of generic springs available since they never seem to work quite right . Spindle feels tight and the main spindle teeth feel good so far - it would be nice if they aren't chipped or worn as so many usually are . He had already taken the old Westinghouse motor into a motor shop and had it gone through with a new switch and cord - it's in excellent shape including it's original labels which is pretty rare to find . Spindle handles are in great shape as well , again - rare to see that and maybe this old girl just wasn't used that much . Evidence shows it lived in someone's wood shop during it's recent life , a good thing as they get worked a lot easier overall . I'll probably go through it mechanically and just clean it up and use it on the welding table - it's a perfect size for that .

 

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Hope you can find what you need . If not do you know a guy who could make one. :)

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Just missed one the day I picked it up - a guy on the big auction site sold that exact pulley in nice shape and they don't show up often either . I think the shaft is a 7 spline so some of the older Delta/Dunlap/Sears and a few others shared those stack pulleys . Haven't had time to dig into it - need to find the drawings off the OWWM site and get some details on it as I'm not that familiar with the Buffalo line . Spent most of Turkey day in the shed putting the pump back in the D180 - will finish the rest of it today . I almost need to finish the Clausing first - it's parts are taking up a lot of space in the shop and I don't have the room to tear into another one , even if it is just a small bench model .

 

You should see some of the pulleys a few guys have made on the OWWM site - they are works of art . Do you have the means to cut the spline teeth to the internal bore ???

 

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