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    Drill press jack

    Saw this idea somewhere. Had to replace the jack on my trailer, it would jump gears at max load. So I took off the wheel, cleaned it up, painted it and mounted it to raise the cast iron table on my old drill press. Fun project.
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    That is a great Idea! I use a long stroke hydraulic cylinder that works better than having to physically lift/lower the table (no crank), but it is a bit of a nuisance.
    I like your idea much better. Way to go!
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    Iíve got the same thing on my PM1100. Works good, though luckily I donít have to adjust the table height often. Mine was about $30 from HF.

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    With that upgrade never lift then table without loosening the clamp first or it will snap off. If it binds even a little stop and free it up, do not force it with the jack or it will snap off.
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    I’ve added a counterweight to a couple of drill presses. I put the counterweight in the column and ran a small cable to the back of the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Delyster View Post
    I’ve added a counterweight to a couple of drill presses. I put the counterweight in the column and ran a small cable to the back of the table.
    I am going to have to try this on my drill press. What did you use for the weight? I was thinking a pipe filled with sand so I out add more till I get the right amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    With that upgrade enver lift then table without loosening the clamp first or it will snap off. If it binds even a little stop and free it up, do not force it with the jack or it will snap off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Anderson View Post
    Saw this idea somewhere. Had to replace the jack on my trailer, it would jump gears at max load. So I took off the wheel, cleaned it up, painted it and mounted it to raise the cast iron table on my old drill press. Fun project.
    DP Jack.jpg
    So cool! I hate my rack and pinion POS. Bows out, fails to rotate. Why does somebody not make an add on product to solve this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Anderson View Post
    Sounds like a man sharing experiences...
    No experience yet. I have been thinking about putting an electric motor on my DP to crank the table up and down.
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    I have looked at a linear actuator and looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    No experience yet. I have been thinking about putting an electric motor on my DP to crank the table up and down.
    Bill D
    I use a drill for the motor on my set-up. Your right about always unlocking the table. Mine won't break the table off but would strip threads in my lift system. It's actually fun to raise and lower the table!
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    I have a car window motor around that might have enough torque. I have to come up with an adapter for the shafts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Joiner View Post
    I use a drill for the motor on my set-up. Your right about always unlocking the table. Mine won't break the table off but would strip threads in my lift system. It's actually fun to raise and lower the table!
    Yup, you want a gear motor for the job and that's what a drill is. I removed the crank handle and bought an extra 20 volt Dewalt drill and hook it to the drill press. I can run the table up or down with the flick of forward or reverse. Works like a charm. Any old drill will do the trick. Always hated cranking the table up or down. I'll try to get a photo and post it.

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    I used an old fashioned window weight as a counter weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Delyster View Post
    Iíve added a counterweight to a couple of drill presses. I put the counterweight in the column and ran a small cable to the back of the table.
    That looks great, Mike. Another thing to add to the list of shop improvements I need to make. Thanks.

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