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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill, Radial
Machine Size: 6" stroke
Submitted By: Dave Potts
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: RAM Radial, Model 15-120
Date of Manufacturer: SN/ 1754881
Serial Number:
Last Updated 2/12/2012 10:48:23 PM

Comments:
In 1981 I landed a job in a patternshop and was quickley introduced to a Walker Turner radial drill. I used it with a Wagner safety planer, drilled holes in Nichrome heating element bands at super slow speeds, and chucked a precision chuck in the regular chuck for the tiniest holes in a variety of materials-- What a great machine! About 1983 I was lucky enough to stumble upon a nice one and gave it a work out for the next 20+ years. The only limitation I endured was the short 4" stroke. Seldom a problem, but because I knew there was a machine with a 6" stoke, it was added to my *Quest List*. My local dealer knew I had an itch for one and even called me near the end of the '80s because Rockwell was offering 50% pricing on Rockwell-tagged machines following Pentair's decision to change the name back to Delta. For $3500 I could have a brand new machine.... the pricing then was over $8400 for these machines.

In the fall of 2004 an OWWMer indicated that he had an extra Rockwell Radial Drill and would be glad to release it. We worked out the logistics and met at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike (No Lie!). 2x10s were extended from my truck to his, liquid dish soap was applied to the planks, and the 900-lb. beast was slid from his truck onto mine.

Once in the downstairs shop, the first order of business was to get it into a mobile base. I still need to locate a 1-phase motor for it and I'll keep the LVC package intact. Appropriate heaters have already been installed for the higher-amperage motor.

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Comments: A new addition to my basement shop
Source: My lower shop
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Comments: 6-inch stroke
Source: My lower shop
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Comments: My mobile base and the speed chart inset
Source: My lower shop
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