Help with my AFF Drill Press
I have an AFF drill press that I was given. It has a 3 digit model number. I am trying for the life of me to figure out how to tilt the table. If anybody has the manual or knows how to do this can you please help me out?
I have attached a couple of photos.
Last edited by rfc1931; 06-09-2012 at 02:56 PM.
Reason: photos are in wrong place
Determine the axis of desired rotation.
Sight down that axis, looking for an adjuster nut/screw, clamping nut/screw, etc.
If you cannot locate that axis of rotation, it doesn't exist.
Please remove the key from the chuck, it makes me nervous.
this looks like a standard taiwan/china cheapie to me.
The table usually has a taper pin, usually at six oclock, that holds it in the horizontal position. You have to yank this pin, then loosen the lock bolt, and it will swivel. Some of them actually have an allen screw in there- you will have to look, with a flashlight, to be sure. I guess they figure that since 99% of your work will be in horizontal, they make it stay there a bit more firmly than just the locking bolt.
here is a grizzly manual for a similar machine, which has an allen screw-
there are variations on the theme, like this Jet that has a pin, but its threaded at the end, and you tighten the nut to pull the pin-
I have a really old one that just has a pin hammered in, and I had to use vise grips and liquid wrench to get it out.
The key is not really in the chuck....just was when took the photo. LOL
there is a very small nut that looks like it could be it but I was thinking it should be more practical than that...like a lever or something.
I think you are right...These manuals helped...the second one looks almost exactly the same as my set up. I will give it a try.
These drill presses are very cheap. Depending on size and hp and number of speeds, retail in the USA can be as little as 80 bucks to maybe 200 or 300, max. Figure 50% for the retailer, 10%-15% for the importer/wholesaler, another 15% for freight and packing, and the out the door price at the factory can be as low as fifteen to fifty bucks. For that, you dont get levers.
A real industrial drill press, made in the USA or Europe, nowadays runs between $3500 and 12 grand or upwards, depending on size and features. You pays your money, you takes your chances.