Help I picked up a portable drill press the other day, would like to know if this would be something I could use for bushing work on clocks

captainclock

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Hello everyone, this past weekend I picked up a portable drill press at my uncle's house that the drill press used to belong to my great-grandfather who was an all around handyman and I was wondering if a drill press like this would be something I could use to do some bushing jobs on clocks with.

Any help would be appreciated in this matter.

See picture below, the picture I have uploaded on here is one that I grabbed from the internet to show what I have, as mine is kind of in rough shape and needs some bolts freed up on it that are part of the mounting hardware, and the tiltable table table is also seized up on mine

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John P

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I don't believe that drill would work well for bushing work. Although i am sure you can find some use for it.
 

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I was wondering if a drill press like this would be something I could use to do some bushing jobs on clocks with.
Keep it for its sentimental value. It was your great grandfathers. Clean it up and display it.

Don't depend on it to do any precision work. It won't.
 
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Willie X

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I have one exactly like the one in the photo. It's really not good at doing anything and I've had it for about 55 years.

Ryobi makes two models of affordable 'bench style' drill presses. Both are good for clock work. I prefer the slightly larger one with crank operated table.

I would not recommend a drill press for doing bushing work.

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OK, I was just wondering because I saw on Timesavers that they had some bushing tools that were designed for use with drill presses, so that's why I asked and that's why I picked it up.
 

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I’ve been having very good luck with this small Proxxon drill press from Amazon. Got it plugged into a variac so I can get nice slow spindle speeds.

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Willie X

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You can buy a Ryobi DP103F (?) at Home Depot for $179. This is a conventional machine with a 1/4HP motor. Willie X
 

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