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  1. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    Thanks for the info, time for a road trip.
  2. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    I see you are in the Knoxville area, which Ace Hardware did you see them displayed in? I may have to make a run to K-Town.
  3. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    I've been to two Ace locations but they did not have any in stock or on display. Northern is a pretty good distance from me but I plan to try to get over there to see what they have to offer. Tractor Supply and Rural King were no gos as well. I managed to complete my current project today with a hand drill and vice with reasonable success. I now have a little time to find parts, modify parts or buy a replacement. I appreciate all the suggestions and input from board members. This is why I like TGO, I got a lot of good suggestions and input and no smart--- remarks. If I can't fix mine or stumble into an older American made unit in good shape or restore-able I will probably go with a Craftsman or WEN 4212 like Hozzie, DaveTN and Grunt67 spoke of. They were top of my list from what I researched at a price point I wanted to pay. I was just trying to look at them in person before purchase but no one near me seems to have either on display. I my just have to order and pick up at store in case return is required. Thanks to all.
  4. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    Xtriggerman - I really appreciate the offer, it is very generous. I looked at the 10 inch Ryobi at HD and decided to keep looking. It is probably as good if not better than some others but I think I will wrestle this pig for a bit. Thanks. Ronald55 - I really appreciate your efforts. If they make parts available I guess they wouldn't sell near as many units. Grunt67 - In light of recent developments with Sears, there is no Sears anywhere near me that has these on display. Lowes and Ace are selling Craftsman products but don't stock drill presses. I am Old School and want to walk in and look at the product before I buy, but those days seem to be going away. Craftsman makes one that I think I like but I wanted to actually see it first. I guess we as a society are killing the brick and mortar stores with the on-line purchases.
  5. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    The pulley is not currently available at Renovo and listed as discontinued. I am now looking at other pulleys trying to find something close that may be modified. As I dig deeper into the web I find where many others had the same problem and a few were able to modify parts they had found. I appreciate you taking the interest and your effort to seek parts.
  6. tacops

    Clueless teens, 17, baffled by a rotary phone

    Man, that is a really old cow.
  7. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    I appreciate the offer and the effort. Other than this pulley issue this has been a good machine. I was able to fix it once by drilling and re-tapping a set screw port. This time the pulley came out in pieces...I'm glad it had a metal housing enclosure around the pulleys rather than the plastic housing a lot have now. I don't need anymore metal in me. I went to Lowe's and HF today and was able to look at a 10 inch Porter Cable (5 speed with 600 being the slowest, better build quality than HF but just not quite there). Went to HF and looked at the 8 inch and 10 inch Central Machinery units. The 8 inch had broken plastic parts sitting on the display shelf. The 10 inch had 1/16 inch or more of lateral movement in the arbor when lowered, among other things. I just couldn't bring myself to pop on either. Went by HD and they had a Ryobi 10 inch sitting on the shelf with a broken plastic stop rod collar. I may just have to start hitting estate sales in search of drill press gold. In the mean time I guess I will be using a vice and hand drill. I apologize to all for my verbose drill press drama.
  8. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    It seems that this aluminum pulley was the common fail point on these machines. The below pulley is also used on the DP350 Motor Pulley Part Number: A08514 which is the replacement for the 904166 Retaining Ring Part Number: 904160 Set Screw Part Number: 1243339
  9. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    Thanks for the input folks. I have been looking at all that are mentioned. It seems that stores don't keep them in stock and on display so you can look at hands on, you have to order and find out what you have after purchase so to speak. My DP250 was a variable speed unit and has been discontinued. The pulley that disintegrated can be had for $189 dollars which is more than the DP cost and as it turns out, was a known weakness in them. I have also been watching Craigslist for any older ones of good quality but none have been listed. From all the reviews I have read it seems that nearly all of them are a hit or miss roll of the dice unless you drop a lot of cash.
  10. tacops

    Drill Press Advice

    My Delta DP250 10 inch bench top drill press went toes up. A 10 inch bench top suits my needs just fine and I don't use one enough to warrant a high end DP. Does anyone have any suggestions/experience with any of the currently marketed units. I have spent way too much time reading conflicting reviews of various models. Thanks
  11. tacops

    Cetme or PTR

    Between the two you mention, I would definitely go with the PTR.
  12. tacops

    The Blacklist

    For those that may be interested..."The Blacklist" premiers tonight @ 2200 Hrs eastern.
  13. tacops

    ad closed Ruger PC Carbine

    I said it before and I'll say it again...Tennessee is a reeaallly long state. Wish I was closer.
  14. Set (4) Toyota Wheels off of 4runner and fit Tacoma among others. 6 lug 5.5 inch or 139.7mm Medium Offset. With Firestone 265/65-17 tires that have a little tread left but not a lot. The wheels are currently coated in matte black plasti-coat that can be peeled off and returned to alloy aluminum silver. They were in good shape when sprayed, my son just wanted them to be black. TPMS sensors are not installed but I have 4 new valve stems that go with them. $200 obo or trade.
  15. tacops

    The Mule

    I really want to see this one so I may see it when it comes out on DVD rather than waiting for it to hit netflix. Clint may be gone by the time I see it. I don't do crowds much.

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