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Manufactured/Badged by:
Atlas Press Co.
Kalamazoo, MI

True Manufacturer:
Atlas Press Co., Kalamazoo, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery & Metal Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill Press
Machine Size: 15"
Submitted By: Erik Sandell
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 63-1M
Date of Manufacturer: Early to mid 1940's?
Serial Number: 018871 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 11/20/2019 10:06:42 PM

Comments:
I purchased this 15" Atlas drill press off of Craigslist for $350 in 2019. The drill came as a bundle with various other attachments and tools including: an Atlas cross slide vise, mortising bit set, numerous shaper bits collars & adapters, pin punches, and router bits. All this came inside a cool old tool box that also contained some original instructions and sales brochures from when they were purchased. Everything is vintage, most are unused and inside their original box, some even include their sales price tag still attached, imagine $1.50 for some high quality steel shaping bits!
One Stanley brochure is even stamped with:
C.W. Marwebel
Tools Metals Industrial Supplies
1235 Mission St.
San Francisco 3

Is that a single digit area code!?

Based on research I think my machine dates in the early to mid 1940's as this is when Atlas starts to advertise a 1M series to their model 63. It also has the earlier version of head that Atlas produced with sweeping lines instead of the more "boxy" style that distinguishes models of the late 1940's and onward.

Some of its distinguishing/interesting features are:
3 hole arrangement on base, square on/off plate, knurled depth stop, original paint in good condition, missing spindle cover, arc of shame, 1 phase 1/2 hp Reliance motor.

Some questions I have are:
I think 1M models were supposed to come with a morse taper, mine seems to have a Jacobs style chuck?

Are Atlas serial numbers chronological?
Mine seems to be fairly low in the range of serial numbers stored on the database here. Could this potentially date it more accurately or as an older model?

I believe I have a 1/2hp Reliance motor, should I upgrade to a more powerful motor?

Any additional info people may have related to the drill or accompanying bits would be greatly appreciated!
This restoration project will be my introduction to vintage tools. I am looking forward to cleaning and getting this beautiful machine up and running again in my shop.

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Comments: Atlas 63-1M
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Comments: The "extra" of the bundle
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Comments: Model badge on base
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Comments: Square on/off plate
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Comments: unknown motor
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Comments: Jacobs style chuck? Not a morse taper?
Source: Erik S.
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