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Markgee

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Hi there,

I'm new here but I'm really impressed by the information available on the forum.

This weekend I picked up a Walker-Turner floor drill. It's old and a bit rough around the edges but it works ok and seems to do what it should. It also came with a free chunky vice!

The previous owner thought it was 1940-50's but that's about all he knew about it.

I wondered if anyone here could give me any more information about it?
 

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Hi Mark

Welcome to the forum. You've done well with that drill - looks a beaut.

Andy's the best for old tools and I'm sure he'll be along soon.

Can't make out the name on the vice though. Is it NB Wood or something else?

Martin
 

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Thanks Martin. I'm pretty happy with it.

The vice says "AB wood" I think?
 

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Hi, nice drill!

Despite the flattering things people say, I'm more into hand tools and don't know much at all about old machinery. :(

However, the usual advice is to visit owwm.org - there seems to be lots of info there, with 5001 hits for this search

http://www.owwm.org/search.php?st=0&sk= ... rner+drill

so I expect yours is in there somewhere!
 

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That looks like the floor-standing version of the bench drill I have had for the last thirty years or so.I'm guessing they found their way over here in the forties and I suspect mine will last almost forever.The only issue I have is that the chuck speed is too fast in every pulley location,so I use only the slowest.I have no idea whether the motor or pulleys are original.

If you ever find out how the chuck comes off,I'd be interested in learning about it as mine is worn to the extent that it won't grip a drill bit smaller than 2mm.I do have a pin chuck to use for tiny drill bits but it is less convenient.
 

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worn thumbs":1ilhgica said:
If you ever find out how the chuck comes off,I'd be interested in learning about it as mine is worn to the extent that it won't grip a drill bit smaller than 2mm.I do have a pin chuck to use for tiny drill bits but it is less convenient.
Just guessing here, but looking at the photos I see two rings with holes in for C-spanners. Maybe the lower one retains a tapered arbour on the back of the chuck and is screwed onto the upper one, to stop it dropping out? Have you tried putting a C-spanner on each ring and undoing one from the other?
 

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Can't help with the drill, but the vice is an Abwood milling vice. Highly regarded, solid, nicely made, and sought after if in good condition. Well worth stripping, cleaning and adjusting, provided it hasn't been abused to the point of being reduced to scrap.

I think Abwood are still in existence, but their products have changed; specialist grinding machines now being their main business. They're located in Dartford in Kent.
 

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worn thumbs":381equxj said:
That looks like the floor-standing version of the bench drill I have had for the last thirty years or so.I'm guessing they found their way over here in the forties and I suspect mine will last almost forever.The only issue I have is that the chuck speed is too fast in every pulley location,so I use only the slowest.I have no idea whether the motor or pulleys are original.

If you ever find out how the chuck comes off,I'd be interested in learning about it as mine is worn to the extent that it won't grip a drill bit smaller than 2mm.I do have a pin chuck to use for tiny drill bits but it is less convenient.
 

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Pete's Coronet lathe site - Boleyn Workshop - is worth a look for photos/info on W.T. drills.
 
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