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Edlund Machinery Co., Inc.
Cortland, NY

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill Press
Machine Size: 6" to 10" with 5" spindle travel
Submitted By: George R. Hoelzeman
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Edlund 1B sold by C.H.Gosiger Machinery
Date of Manufacturer: 1942
Serial Number: 1897
Last Updated 3/20/2007 2:27:31 PM

The monks of Subiaco Abbey gave me this machine in exchange for scrap lumber for segmented bowl turning. They had it for about a year and it remained unused. It was earmarked for the scrapyard when I offered to give it a home.

Several things of note: Table and head run on heavy dovetail ways and are operated by gears. The spindle head raises and lowers with the assistance of a counterweight on the end of a chain that runs down into the column. No spring mechanism. Speed is controled by a wheel on the front of the machine that moves a wide belt drive inside the tin "drum" fashioned by a previous owner.


Restoration went very quickly because the machine is very simple in construction and there were no missing or damaged parts. And I didn't break anything in the process. Several discoveries along the way.

- there is absolutely no indication of the true manufacturer. Inquiries about Gosiger in the OWWM.org discussion group revealed that Gosiger was a dealer, and there is a hospital in Dayton, OH named in his honor. There are a few casting stamps, but nothing which indicates who built this machine.

- there is a recess to drill a drain in the table trough, but it was never tapped. There was no indication that this machine was ever used for metalworking, although it did see use for woodworking.

- I removed the tin tub permanently. Its easier to be sure the belt is tracking properly and it looks cool IMO.

- No missing parts. Even the belt was in good condition. I replaced the fishing line lacing with alligator clips and it runs perfectly.

- I replaced the wiring to the switch and to the motor. The original wiring was not copper which makes me wonder if the machine was built during WWII rationing days.

- There is a Navy tag on the tray which is some sort of phenolic. Again, I wonder if this indicates WWII rationing of bronze/copper/other metals.

- Chuck is a Jacobs #34.

- Spindle travel is a full 5", at least the way I have it set up.

- sleeve bearings all around except in the pulleys where there are early ball bearings. All run smoothly, but sleeves leak.

- 11/16" wrench works perfectly as a crank handle for the table.

- table size is 12" x 13" but is ungrooved and has a drip tray around it.

- There is almost no wear on any of the parts indicating very minimal use.

A great machine which will see years of use. Best of all, it was free (unless you count the stripper, carb cleaner and paint). Paint is Rust-O-Leum Hammered black, bronze and grey.


According to Keith Fuller at Monarch Mfg. this machine was made by Edlund and sold to the Navy Air Corp in 1942. It was one of 264 sold to the Air Corps in that year. Edlund was the first manufacturer to work double shifts for the war effort and itself was bought by Monarch Mfg. in 1963. Keith also provided me a copy of a copy of a parts manual. This is the Edlund Model 1B single spindle borer. The model and SN are stamped into the tops of the table ways.

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Comments: One side as it was at Subiaco Abbey
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Comments: The restored Gosiger. An impressive and smooth running machine indeed!
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Comments: The Gosiger badge. There is also a Navy tag on the table, model #1B and SN# 1897 stamped into the tops of the table ways.
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