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Manufactured/Badged by:
Montgomery Ward | Powr-Kraft
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True Manufacturer:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co., Pittsburgh, PA
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Metal Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill Press
Machine Size: 11"
Submitted By: Mike Fendley
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 2535A
Date of Manufacturer: 1950s
Serial Number:
Last Updated 12/2/2012 12:01:53 AM

Comments:
Acquired this drill press at a garage sale for $20 several years ago. Completely rusty brown with a burned out motor. Cleaned, polished, and painted the press and gave it to my machinist son. In the process of disassembly, the quill return spring housing seemed stuck (it wasn’t). So a hammer ended its life as I gently tapped from the opposite side to “loosen” it from the rust. After shattering it, I then discovered the spring plunger pin below it that allows you to pull the pin, dial in the spring return rate you want, and release the pin. Beautiful design and functioned perfectly until my misguided “percussion tuning.” So I had to machine a new housing out of aluminum. A fender washer acts as the spring retaining plate, and a brass coated steel ring, slit open sprung to just slightly over size of the bore. Pressing it in holds the washer and spring nicely and the whole unit functions perfectly the way it was designed. Power switch is also on the left side. Note the quick disconnect for the motor. Makes it easy to service the motor without digging into the head to disconnect from the switch. Just make sure the motor has the male plug, and the switched part the female receptacle. The right side shows the handle (missing from the original press). I threaded each end of a rod and screwed on brass insert plastic balls for handles. Note the knurled black knob in the center allowing you to lengthen the arm for more leverage if needed. Also, if you look close to the top of the motor mount on the right side, there is a cast part of the motor mount with a hole in it, perfect for the chuck key. The added Master Craft XY table and vise are covered in another section of Vintage Machinery under “other.”

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Comments: Front
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Comments: Left Side Close up
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Comments: Right Side Close up
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Comments: Master Craft XY table & vise
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