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    My father in law passed away a few years ago and left a drill press in his garage. I definitely want one for my wood shop and was considering the Ridgid DP1500....but since this one could be free thats a good deal. But I also want to make sure if something goes wrong with it I can get parts, etc. It was manufactured by Central Machine from North Hollywood, CA. Can anyone tell me how to find out if they are still even in business?...If its north worth my time I will leave it where it is and buy the Ridgid but if I can save money its something else I can buy. I believe it was made in the eighties. So what do you think guys?..Let it stay and make the small investment into the DP1500 or try to track down the company and see if I can still get parts for it. Thanks for any input.
    Goldenwing

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    Sorry..the name is actually Central Machinery...
    Goldenwing

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      Goldenwing If I remember right Harbor Freight still carrys power tool made by Central Machinery. The web sight is www.harborfreight.com if the company is still in operation they should be able to help you. I hope this helps you. [img]smile.gif[/img]
      Dan<br /> <a href=\"http://community.webshots.com/user/pepaw101\" target=\"_blank\">http://community.webshots.com/user/pepaw101</a>

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        Goldenwing,

        Harbor Freight does still carry the Central Machinery Drill Press. Reviews have ranged from great for the money, to total junk. One thing to look at it is whether the travel of the quil is straight up and down, and that there is not excessive run out on the chuck. It should use a standard morse taper, so you might be able to replace the chuck, depending on whether that is the source of the runout. Also make sure that there is not any play in the quil, you should not be able to wiggle it from side to side. If the runout and the quil are both ok, than I would definatly grab it. If not than I would pass, the DP1500 is not that expensive compared to the frustration of a drill press that won't drill a straight round hole.

        Just my .02
        -Rob<br /> <a href=\"http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/\" target=\"_blank\">http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/</a> <br />Damn, I hit the wrong nail again. Ouch that hurts

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          thanks a ton danomal....went to harbor freight and there it was....I appreciate you leading me in the right direction....but thats why I asked advice RRitch....figured someone could tell me what to look for....and even if its free if I have to start buying parts and/or it doesnt work right then being free is not such a great deal......and the price on the ridgid drill press like you said is very reasonable....I will go up and look at it this weekend and if it looks good it will stand in my shop...My father in lawwas a mechanic and I know he took excellent care of every tool he had.....so it may have many more good years left in it.....and he has a wall full of accessories to go with it....I cannot even imagine all that is there...enough of that talk...thanks to you guys for responding
          Goldenwing

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