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FLOTT type TB 6/II Drill Press - Restoration & Finding Parts

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Old 09-12-2016, 11:13:52 AM
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Default FLOTT type TB 6/II Drill Press - Restoration & Finding Parts

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:
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: 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!
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Default Re: FLOTT type TB 6/II Drill Press - Restoration & Finding Parts

Maybe I'll follow up and ask this: The drill has a taper-fit chuck which I believe to be a JT1 industry standard. Currently it has a Rohm Prima DIN 6349 chuck that accepts bits between 0.5mm-8mm or 1/64"-5/16".

Where might one go to find out more about tapered chucks, the standards, sizes, other chuck sizes that fit what I have, etc. etc. Not looking to reinvent the wheel, just ideally don't want to be limited to 8mm or 5/16" bit size. Thanks.

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Can't edit. Also looking for info on things like what types of grease to use to lubricate the press shaft, bearings, etc.
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