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Old 12-18-2012, 12:41:42 AM
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I found this old drill press today or I think it is a drill press, looks like it could be bolted to a wooden beam or wall, it all works, you can turn the wheel by hand or just to get the thing started, it is belt driven. The chuck is modern. I scraped the crud off of it and it says "Champion Blower and Forge Co., Lancaster Pa." on the back side it says "Warented" These is also a number 98 on a lever. Has anyone seen one of these?Click image for larger version

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I have a couple of those out in the barn my dad used them once in awhile can't tell you much about it.
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There would have been a shaft coming down from the mounting bracket with a work support table. The original chuck was just the 1/2" hole with set screw, the modern one will likely come out if you loosen screw. You sometimes see a few of the old drill bits with 1/2" shanks and a flat spot that were used with these.
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Commonly called a post drill, they were bolted to a post in the barn or shop almost every where. I knew a guy that had one bolted to a plank, it was his portable drillpress, just leaned it against the wall.
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The first interview I had when I was out of college, was for a engineering position at Champion Blower & Forge.

They were located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, PA. and made a lot of the equipment we now collect.

Fortunately, I was also offered a job at DeWalt Saw in Lancaster for a few more $$'s.

The Champion factory closed and is now a row of resturants and small businesses.

DeWalt was purchase by Black & Decker which moved out a few years after the purchase.
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We preserve / restore quite a few antique tools for our collection and sometimes for others if requested. These pictures are from a post drill we restored. It had minimal use but the paint was essentially gone. So glass bead and POR 15 paint. The mounting board is original with the stenciling intact. I also have several rare beam drills in excellent origional condition.
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Here's an ad for this drill press:
Champion Blower & Forge Co. Drill Press

Also, here's the patent for your machine:
Patent #577,556

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