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I am a retired sheetmetal worker. I am helping (trying to anyway) a friend to operate a Chicago Power Tools drill press, model DP-558-2. It is going in reverse.

Facing the press, on the right side of the body, just below the pulley section, is a handle with a rubber end-cap. Is the a forward/reverse lever? I can't budge it? Is it just rusted, or is there a something I have to push to be able to move the lever?

I'd like to get a manual.

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I know nothing of those..wish I could have helped...but maybe someone here does...without something obvious..button, lever etc, to unlock the lever for forward/rev,, just a thought..but is it possible that the lever can go in or out to unlock so no accidental movement...like if you push the whole lever inwards or pull outwards to activate the forward/rev...only thing I could think of other than jammed/stuck pin etc type thing..hope you know what I mean by move whole lever in or out to engage??? in or out may engage the lever on the shaft?, have seen similar on other type machines,, good luck and welcome aboard...

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H Joseph.

If you posted a photo of the drill press showing the lever, that may help.

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Welcome aboard Joe. I'm not electrically inclined, but it almost sounds like the polarity may be reversed. It's not really likely that there would be a reverse on most drill presses. Any time i add an outlet i have to look up which terminal gets white/black, and it's also possible that somebody did some work on the motor and reversed a connection. If it's a 110/240 motor, make sure it's not wired for 220 with a standard 110v plug--a prior owner may not have switched to a proper plug.

As for the lever below the pulley cover--i'm attaching a few pictures of mine. The larger lever is most likely to draw the motor in/out for belt tensioning. You may find a smaller lever near it, and a similar one on the other side--on mine those are set screws for the motor mount shafts. Once they are loosened, the larger lever on the right (facing drill press) slides the motor in/out to loosen/tighten belt. On the left side, opposite the rods, is an adjustment for the return spring. I've never seen a manual for mine, but the return spring adjustment procedure is the same for many drill presses. Same with chuck/spindle removal--same for a lot of them. I struggled for months to find a manual for mine--no luck, but finally read enough other manuals to figure out that these are really fairly simple machines and many share similar characteristics. Good luck.

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Hi Joseph and welcome to the forum. For the drill press to be manual reversible one of two conditions have to be satisfied. There either has to be a gearbox or a switch that is marked Forward/Reverse. If it is neither one of those then the motor is the wrong motor rotation or it has been wired wrong as some motors can be wired to go CW or CCW depending on the connections made in the connection box on the motor. The cover to the box will have wiring diagrams on it.

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A manual is probably available at Harbor Freight, but you'll have to dig a bit for it. Probasbly the lever is a belt tensioner. Did you even look at the belts?
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From the look of the manual I saw for another model drill press, it sounds like the belt tension lever.

If the machine is running backward , it sounds like an electrical issue.
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