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  • Walker Turner Drill Press

    another adventure away from the beaver herd!!
    walker turner drill press, 900 series i believe

    picked it up this morning from steve(schor)

    same as this one, except in a few pieces!!

    not quite as big as the big beaver, but certainly a well made dp

    my shop is a beaver lodge
    steve, sarnia, ont




    1940's Craftmaster Lathe

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    Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

    I resemble that remark! I have an Identical, and notice particularly the large size ¼ hp motor typical of the time. They are actually the ~1935 model, which was continued until the war. To my knowledge they were continued shortly after the war until they retooled. I have a user manual of them. I'd love to see the history of that. Ours was purchased in 1948, but not sure when it was manufactured.
    Start slow; wind down gracefuilly

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      Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

      one thing ive already noticed is that the front belt guard is an integral part of the main housing and the bearings for the pulley are meant to be pressed in there, top and bottom.

      on mine the quill is not assembled into the press, neither is the pulley
      my shop is a beaver lodge
      steve, sarnia, ont




      1940's Craftmaster Lathe

      https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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        Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

        I have a few of those, I like them a lot. My floor model seems to have stripped the drive in some way so I bought a bench top for parts. Then I got a real nice one with a Baldor ''stream cooled'' 1/2 hp motor. All three have no serial numbers making them very early examples according to the experts on OWWM. The one I stripped was my go to press mostly used for metal and I have a 1.5 hp motor on it so not it's fault. I used it a lot because the return spring was shot so I could use it without having it shooting back up to the top of it's stroke.
        Rob

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          Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

          i looked the press up on vintage, really odd, there's one in california with the same serial number1 1 944!

          the one in california is a a floor model, mines a bench top

          900 series, 15 inch, im guessing 1940's, whenever they started with serial numbers

          im missing the belt cover and the return spring is either broken or unhooked

          the bearings run very easily, so either repack them or replace them
          my shop is a beaver lodge
          steve, sarnia, ont




          1940's Craftmaster Lathe

          https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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            Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

            i started disassembly, pretty straight forward since it was already in pieces!

            pulley bearings are pretty far gone, but i cant figure out how to remove them. it appears that the inner race is extended quite a bit(1/2 inch?) and that area is what is pressed into the pulley. they are open bearings so i could clean them and repack

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            my shop is a beaver lodge
            steve, sarnia, ont




            1940's Craftmaster Lathe

            https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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              Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

              Steve,

              I had one of these, the one in the picture you used as a matter of fact, and I cleaned it up and sold it. I put a better motor on it with a proper pulley and you are correct, they are from the 1940s. I believe that the bearings you are looking at are non-standard so hopefully in good shape. I didn’t need to replace mine. They are a nice little press.
              Erik

              Canada's Island Paradise - Prince Edward Island

              Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club

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                Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

                the pulleys bearings look pretty decent, just full of greasy sawdust!!
                i'll soak the whole thing in varsol several times, cleaning and drying in between. they shpould be ok
                i would rather replace them, far quicker and less messy
                my shop is a beaver lodge
                steve, sarnia, ont




                1940's Craftmaster Lathe

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                  Re: Walker Turner Drill Press

                  Finally got a couple of pics, the rest of the press is in a box!!

                  i did get the pulley bearings cleaned out and repacked, very smooth now, the upper bearing felt like it was full of sand! i just soaked the pulley/bearings in paint thinner, blew them dry and repeated 3 times. then pack the bearings with grease.

                  started getting the castings cleaned up for paint, and take the quill assembly apart.

                  all said and done, actually in pretty good shape

                  it came with a ge 1/2 hp motor with a drum switch, i've already been rebuilt and painted it

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                  my shop is a beaver lodge
                  steve, sarnia, ont




                  1940's Craftmaster Lathe

                  https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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