Very cool. How do you know it's from 1941? I have the same press, but from a slightly different vintage. Rockwell bought Delta in 1945, and sold it in 1981, so mine is of that era. I inherited from my grandfather. He lived in Brooklyn, NY from the depression into the 1990's. I love how the retailer riveted a metal plaque onto the machine.
I confess I don't know how to use the press to its fullest extent. I know that if I move the belt to the larger pulley on the motor, and correspondingly smaller pulley on the other end, the bit will spin faster. I assume that means there will be less torque, and the bit will bog down more easily? But maybe it cuts cleaner at a higher speed?
Currently, I already have trouble with getting enough power to it. When I turn it on the lights flicker. I can bog it down really easily if I don't clear the bit frequently. I'm going to run a 20a circuit out to the shop, which will help. But more knowledge about how to best use the press might also.
Hi ya Dylan,
That there riveted metal plaque on your drill press is from the venerable Rudolph Bass, Inc. which had their showroom on 175 Laffeyette St in Manhattan, NYC. I made my first good quality power tool purchase from them, a Porter Cable 690 router made in the USA. I still own it and the only thing that wore out was the cord relief/cord set and the screw that held the motor in the base and fixed the depth of cut (the latter wasn't the best design and was improved in later incarnations of the 690). I too live in Brooklyn.
Rudolph Bass was located just east of SOHO in an small area populated with machinery stores, used machinery showrooms (lathes, mills, drill presses, etc.), industrial tooling, metal working and woodworking supply stores. SOHO directly to the east was comprised of lots of industrial lofts housing business, fabricators, factories, and run down warehouses and was taken over by poor artists in the 1970s ... eventually attracting art galleries and collectors, fashion stores, and restaurants. Now even the art work has moved away replaced by mostly extremely wealthy tenants with renovated lofts and absolutely overrun by Euro tourists on fashion shopping sprees ... like a huge mall.
Around the turn of this century the area where Rudolph Bass was located become increasingly gentrified and the last holdouts were like dinosaurs (for ex. Victor Machinery Exchange a metal tooling store and one or two used machinery stores) a throwback to another era. Now it's all high end fashion stores, cafes, pricey restaurants, swanky furniture and design stores, slick surfaces, hipsters, and jet setters. I liked NYC when when tool and machinery stores were a part of its culture. Low and behold Rudolph Bass appears rtf be still around, now in New Jersy (http://rudolfbassinc.net
I keep an old Rudolph Bass catalogue (likely from the late 1980s) in my book collection. Rudolph Bass sold all kinds of tools including lots of big artillery. The catalog is over 400 pages thick. Here's a few pics: