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Benchtop press problem

I have a benchtop drill press at the moment, can't afford a floor model, and I was going to build a better table for it. The problem I have is that the elevation crank swings beside the metal table and in order for me to install a wooden table it would have to be 2 1/4" higher to allow the crank to turn. By doing this I cannot put some of my longer bits into the chuck.

Just wondering if anyone, having had these problem, devised a way to reposition the crank. I was thinking of some way of putting a sprocket and chain type of thing onto the shaft and then locating the actual crank under the table. Sure is a lot of hassle to make the darn press more usable

Wonder if you can replace the post of the press with a longer one..effectively making it a floor model?

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Why not just rotate the head of the drill press 90 degrees to miss the existing table and then you'll have additional height by just using the bench top. By sure to clamp the existing table to the bench.
Another solution get a longer piece of column as you asked. No problem if you can get the correct diameter. These are machined tubes so it may not be easy.
Your table attachment should only add 1/2" or so to the existing table so that shouldn't affect the height that much. Unless I'm missing your idea. bill

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I may try that idea of rotating it, Bill, might be a good solution for the time being. I met a machinist the other day, maybe will chat him up about that column idea...otherwise not sure where to look for one of them.

Here's a pic of my press table, you can see how far forward the crank comes, so in order for a wooden table to clear that cranks rotation, it would have to be 2 1/4" higher than the surface of the metal table.

If were to put a longer column on it, would also have to find that gear track as well.
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It's the crank!

Just modify the crank, extend it or use a ratchet with an extension that you can remove. Never mind all the other bad ideas I suggested! Too expensive! bill
You know those flat side ratchet wrenches that you flip from one or the other to tighten or loosen the nuts....maybe that will work on a hex type shaft.
Oh, just attach your cordless drill and have power up and down....

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The machinist should be able to make a shaft extension to move the handle out a bit further.
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How about just notching the wood table the amount needed to allow the crank to move? It would take a little work to crank, but that would be the minimum mod.

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How about just notching the wood table the amount needed to allow the crank to move? It would take a little work to crank, but that would be the minimum mod.

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If I notched the table it would interfere with the fence that I'd like to have at the back of the table.
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Just FWIW, My floor model DP cost me $75.00. Shopping used, they aren't that expensive...

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I just removed the crank, cut a round piece from 8/4 red oak, drilled the side, put in a threaded insert for a set screw. A few "notches" around the perimeter for better grip helps too.
It's not fast in use but, then, I've never had a time limit to adjusting my table height.
You can make the knob (?) any size you desire just as long as it clears your table.

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I've got this exact same problem, burnt blade. Did you come up with a solution to this?

I had considered removing the crank and extending it out the side more (on some kind of supported shaft), but if there's a better solution I'd love to hear it.
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Drill Press lift handle

beelzerob, I have the same press, with a round cast iron table. I'm looking into an extension for the handle. I'll post when I find a solution.
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