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Default New to Me Steel City 17" Drill Press

Yesterday I found a Steel City 17" Drill Press (DP) on craigslist. I went and looked at and it looked brand new. The DP was bought in Feb 2015 and was probably made in 2014. I got it home and did a little maintenance. I oiled and greased the drive pulleys to make sure they run smoothly. A dry shaft on a Reeves Drive is the kiss of death. The DP is a variable speed which means it has a Reeves drive. The Reeves Drive is using pulleys that change size to increase or decrease speed. The Shopsmith is a classic example of a Reeves drive. The previous owner had a table but it was small and poorly made. I made a big table and fence today. The thing about this DP is it has a 6" throw.

That is pretty good for woodworking.

My old DP is a benchtop Ryobi. That DP has served me well but it has a 2.5 or 3" throw and was just not enough. Earlier before Christmas I bought some Wrangler Pens from Craft Supply. The pen blanks were about 5" long. My little Ryobi could not get all the way through. I tried to very gently turn the blanks over but several were not properly centered. That problem is now solved. I can make the hole in one go with the Steel City.

Steel City products had good reviews but sadly they went out of business in March 2015. If you build a better mouse trap sometimes the world just does not beat a path to your door.

Now my only issue with this DP is full size floor standing DP is not really good on wheels and I need to find a permanent home somewhere in my shop. Purposely every tool in my shop is on wheels. I stash most stuff in the side of the shop and move what I need out and use it. Sadly I have too much stuff to give everything a permanent home.

Please do not shed any tears for me because I have too much stuff.
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Great score on the drill press, Guy! Is the chuck a good one?

I would love to have one like that, especially with the Reeves drive. I don't change speeds often on my 15" Boice Crane and one of the reasons is I don't want to mess with the belt. And I often have to drill to the center of a 16" Longworth chuck so a 17" drill press would be perfect.



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I’m sure you will get many years to good use out of it Guy.
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Congratulations on your new DP...but...having a hard time understanding "too much stuff"...

Over time, you will see that your brothers/sisters here on RF will help you to realize you don't have "too much stuff"...and will help you spend your money on more.

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Too much stuff is like too much fun. It's impossible to have too much stuff. Now you mat have too little room, that's a real possibility! He who dies with the most stuff wins!
Just saying.......I heard that somewhere and I believe it to be Gospel. At least I think so. Anyway that's what the sales clerk told me.
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"Too much stuff" ? You must be referring to the Mrs.' boxes of stored 'collectibles'...
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That's a nice DP. I have a General but your post is confusing to me. Could you or someone please shed some light on me as to the Steel City company being purchased by a Canadian firm ? A local Quebec firm (Normand Woodworking machinery, a distributor with 3 locations) is actively selling Steel City products and I recently bought an aluminum router plate with the Steel City logo and filters for my General air filter that they also sell a Steel City version ???

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You can never have "have too much stuff"!!!


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Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
"Too much stuff" ? You must be referring to the Mrs.' boxes of stored 'collectibles'...
Those are probably Christmas ornaments. Tote after tote of them. I built a shed so I could get some of my spare parts organized. She filled it with Christmas ornaments.

Steel City was supposed to be making some decent tools. They have started manufacturing again, at least someone is under that name, but not the total lineup that they had before as of yet. I wouldn't try moving it around unless it sits on a wide platform. They are very top heavy and also very heavy at somewhere between 250 and 300 lbs for the Delta 16 1/2" I have which is comparable.

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