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Tomlee Tool and Engineering Co.
Minneapolis, MN

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill Press
Machine Size: 12"
Submitted By: JB Lenzi
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Model 75 Drill Press
Date of Manufacturer: 1940's
Serial Number:
Last Updated 11/2/2004 3:56:00 AM

Comments:
In case you didn't think they existed except on dirty paper, here's the first photo of an actual Tomlee tool to be submitted. This was the first real machine tool (I use the term loosely) that I bought for myself, so it sort of has sentimental value, like my American Flyer train set. As a teenager, I traded some junk to my older cousin for it (he got the better end of the deal, but I really wanted that drill press). It came without a motor, which he had already pulled off to use for something else, and it was available because he had just bought a brand-new Craftsman King-Seeley 15" drill press. How long have I had it? Well, I bought the 1/3 hp old-gold Craftsman split-phase motor for it from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. All kidding aside, it's not a bad tool and saw lots of use before I got my 14" Delta 989 DP. After that, it got used frequently on job sites, as it was light enough to carry around easily, but mostly it's been retired to a corner of the shop--not quite a rat-hole. Posting a picture of it gave me a reason to clean it up a little and I even drilled a couple of holes for old-times sake. Non-tilting table (no divots:^), speed-range 875 to 3450 rpm. The pilot-wheel feed is a nice touch--rarely a standard item except on much larger units. Very smooth and quiet-running. It may be a real lightweight by old 'Merican machine-tool standards, but it will probably beat most of the Chiwanese drill press toys.

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Comments: Front view
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Comments: Maker's tag on base
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Comments: Motor tag
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