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I have a older Craftsman Floor model drill press. Problem being, it has not got the crank to raise the table and was never set up with one. It is a large cast table, it is easy enough to let it down. But getting it back up. Have any of you had this problem and how have they fixed it ? I've thought of using a long ram jack. Then to attach it is something that has been something I have not been able to solve. Thanks for any help I can get.
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If it were me, i'd first check here:Craftsman Drill Press Parts : eReplacementParts.com

I'd figure out what was missing, if they didn't have it for my drill press, i'd work at finding a similar c-man model and call ereplacement parts to see what might interchange. Might be cheaper than dedicating a jack to it.
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Good Morning All,
I have a older Craftsman Floor model drill press. Problem being, it has not got the crank to raise the table and was never set up with one. It is a large cast table, it is easy enough to let it down. But getting it back up. Have any of you had this problem and how have they fixed it ? I've thought of using a long ram jack. Then to attach it is something that has been something I have not been able to solve. Thanks for any help I can get.
add a flat strap ratcheting crank handle winch like you find on boat trailers and the like...

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add a flat strap ratcheting crank handle winch like you find on boat trailers and the like...

10 bucks.. HF...
Thank You Stick, I'll have to look at that idea.
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Another way to consider as a table lift is to use an Acme threaded rod and nut, or even just a very inexpensive threaded rod and nut - McMaster Carr have about all you might need and I recommend as their rod materials are a lot better then the local hardware/big box stores McMaster-Carr. Of course, nothing is inexpensive any longer.

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Good Morning All,
I have a older Craftsman Floor model drill press. Problem being, it has not got the crank to raise the table and was never set up with one. It is a large cast table, it is easy enough to let it down. But getting it back up. Have any of you had this problem and how have they fixed it ? I've thought of using a long ram jack. Then to attach it is something that has been something I have not been able to solve. Thanks for any help I can get.
It might be worth it to get something like this...maybe one of these made for another model and installed on yours...?
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Gene, there are various links on google describing a pulley /cable system using a counterweight which rides up and down inside the support column. The rise and fall of the table is easily achieved by hand with little effort.
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Thanks for the help guys. You have given me a lot of ideas to think about.
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I have used a pulley and cable system and the springs from an overhead garage door to solve this problem in the past.
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I feel your pain. I have an Craftsman drill press with the T-slot table that was almost impossible to raise (it lowered just fine!). Sears made a lift for this that I bought around 1982 that works very well. Not sure where you might find one today but well worth looking.
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