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Offline keykeeper

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Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:34:11 AM »
So, I'm just getting around to posting last weeks flea market grab.

Found this almost hidden under some table saws and scroll saws on stands, at a vendor's area that is usually a good source for hand tools. The place was getting ready to close, so I found the seller and got a price. Don't think I could have done much better for $35. So glad I bought a truck last fall, this wouldn't have fit well in the wife's little sedan!

Everything is there, included a HUGE old 1/3 HP Leland motor, which I will replace with a smaller, higher HP motor after I finish refurbishing this beast. Nice and heavy, this will replace my little Haba Flate benchtop in the shop. The model/serial number tag cleaned up nicely with a little simple green and an old toothbrush. Looks like a lot of the original grey paint is still intact on this drill, under all the greasy crud caked on it.

The only damage I see is a missing switch, a few drill marks on the table, and a broken thumbscrew to adjust the motor horizontal position. Most everything should be an easy fix once I get cracking on this. Missing the little spindle cover that mounts on top the pulley guard, but I can live without that for now.
-Aaron C.

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Wards Master Quality 1/2" drive sockets (Need size 5/8), long extension, & speeder handle.
-Vlchek WB* series double box wrenches.
-Hinsdale double-box end round shank wrenches.

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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 11:11:16 AM »
That's a great score! It will serve you well.
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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 12:35:11 PM »
Very nice score.
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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 02:50:30 PM »
That's nice, it would of came home with me too.
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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 04:50:23 PM »
To have that luck!  I'm drooling.  Nice find, Aaron.
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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 06:31:21 PM »
To have that luck!  I'm drooling.  Nice find, Aaron.

Derek!! Good to see you are live and well!

I don't know about luck, you know the saying.... even a blind pig will find an acorn if he roots long enough!!
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My vintage tool Want list:
Wards Master Quality 1/2" drive sockets (Need size 5/8), long extension, & speeder handle.
-Vlchek WB* series double box wrenches.
-Hinsdale double-box end round shank wrenches.

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Re: Atlas Drill Press Model 53 flea market grab!
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 02:15:59 AM »
Very nice find
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