Nü metal

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 @ 19:53 | MIT & Boston, Stuff

Over the weekend at Swapfest, some MITERS guys sequestered a large drill press to replace the one currently in the shop. I left before the festivities, but somehow they managed to lug it back to the shop.

I suppose it’s a misnomer to call it “new” metal.

And here it is. According to the dude who was selling, it dates to the 1950s, which I’m pretty sure is one World War after the MITERS lathe. All solid metal and cast iron as everything of that time seems to be. Otherwise, the layout is the same as drill presses now.

More detail of the head. It is extraordinarily smooth, and actually has a real Jacobs chuck, which is also extraordinarily smooth. The table adjustment lever appears to be missing, as is the chuck key, but I’m told there is indeed a matching key, unlike the old drill press, which required selective use of channel-lock pliers. No racks or worm drives or fancy stuff on the column, which makes me fear that I won’t be beefy enough to change up the table height like I consistenty have trouble doing with large drill presses.

Someone also snagged this thing.

I don’t know exactly what it is, but it appears to be capable of causing massive amounts of damage if used properly. The crazy milling tip appears to be removable.

Alot of new steel for MITERS this week, which should be grea tto get the summer building season starting.



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