variable speed drill press


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I have this need to make my drill press variable speed easer than doing pully changes. I have an old (1943) Walker Turner dp it is a bench top but by all means is no small machine. I have the low speed set up but it is real pain to swap belt positions. I was looking around at router speed controllers it seems like the perfect solution to get the low speeds I need easily. HD one seems to be perfect for what I have 2hp 115v motor on the DP. I am constrained on funds severely ( no job for 2 years now) so in the short term this seems to be doable.

thoughts ???
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Reading the description on the web page Say's it will not work with capacitor start AC motors which is probably what you have on your drill press.


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Find a treadmill at a yard sale or flea market or such and use the motor and controller out of it. I have one on one of my drill presses, one of my 1X42 belt sanders and my old Delta band saw. They are great and usually cheap....


Wayne Coe

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The "not cheap" way to do it is to buy a VFD from me ($355, including shipping) and a 3 phase motor from me ($200.32, including shipping). One guy that I was talking to at Quad State had a mill, lathe, and belt grinder so that he could plug each into his VFD so could run all of his equipment off one VFD (only one at a time, but he is a one man shop and can only run one piece of equipment at one time).


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yes not cheap way for that price i can buy a better DP here in the land of cheap machinery fora little more I can get a Clausing DP

I 'll be on the look out for free treadmills , when one is found there will be questions as I stated I am no electric inclined.