I recently acquired it (free, was given to me by family member). Don't know much about them other than its a good name/brand. Don't know much about it other than it works, it needs a LOT of TLC and its missing a few things. Its grey and has a red "FLOTT" logo on the side and red down in the tray/base (where the drill shavings accumulate). It has a green motor that says "Sears" in the traditional little black rectangle and "quality pump" below it. The info plaque riveted to the motor is completely worn other than a single stamp "D 68".
Its got a little baby (I think 1/4" chuck). Normally I'd strip it down, tear it apart, clean, oil & rehab everything so in the end it looks new --however, I can't find any information on it. I know its not new. I know it works but its missing a few parts (cover that goes over the back side of the power switch & probably a ton of other odds & ends). Should I just charge ahead, tear it down and start cleaning? I say that I usually tear things down and refurbish/restore tools & equipment like this because not only does it make them look nice in the end, it also allows me to fully understand them --how they work, maintenance, safety, etc. I don't like the idea of plugging in an unknown quantity that looks poorly maintained.
I believe this is it: https://www.machinio.com/listings/13...-velen-germany
The top cover has the same little bump/notch on it and the plaques on the side match (Where it says "FLOTT" and "Type TB 6/II"). Has same on/off switch but slightly different press lever.
Other question I have is about the deck and attaching things to the deck. There are two grooves and I have several vises that vary in size from 4" down to 1.5" (picked them up at yard sales, etc.) They look like this: http://thumbs3.picclick.com/d/l400/p...se-Awesome.jpg
except they are stamped "INDIA"
So the question is how do I attach a vise like that to the deck of this press? Do I need a different style vise or do I need to start looking for attachment parts?
Thanks a lot. This forum has always been so wonderful with information and help. I can't wait to get to the point (someday) that I can be the one answering questions like this!