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01-20-2008, 01:32 PM
I just came back from a shopping expedition in some metal artists basement and returned with;
Harris V Series Steelworker - Classic setup
8" Heavy duty Vice
2' x 4' weld table 1/4" plate top
Orbit 16 speed drill press
all for $200:o
Can someone help me with the speed settings on the Orbit Press? It's an older model (1976) has a lever on the right side, but it moves ever so slightly:confused:
01-20-2008, 02:19 PM
Post some pics. Somebody here can probably help, even if they aren't intimately familiar with that particular drill press. The pics will make it easier.
01-20-2008, 02:24 PM
Can someone help me with the speed settings on the Orbit Press? Motor speed x (Motor pulley diameter/spindle pulley diameter) = Spindle speed
01-20-2008, 02:53 PM
Here is a pic of the drill press (not the actual one) but the same. The top lifts up and it has two belts on three pulleys, there is a chart that shows where the belts go to adjust RPM's. There is a lever on the right side that i thought would be a tensioner, but it barely moves. Any help would be helpful. Thank you.
01-20-2008, 04:18 PM
As far as I've heard, the Orbit is an older model JET before they painted everything white and branded it all the same. I'll bet if you went to Harbor Freight and found a similar model and downloaded the manual, the speeds for the same type setup would be pretty close. At very least, the chart in their will show you the progression of speeds and where to put the belts. You can always verify the speeds by measuring.
My el-crapo Speedway mill-drill has a similar setup. Three pulleys, each with four steps. Two belts, which both contact the middle pulley. The middle pulley has a little lever on the right, which just barely cams the middle pulley enough to allow changing the pulley steps and tensioning. Mine has 12 speeds.
01-20-2008, 04:48 PM
Thanks USMCPOP! I had to take everything apart, the prior owner had the motor jammed to the head( hence, frozen tensioner) and the middle pulley was rotated the wrong way as well as the belts were on the wrong pulleys. With your advice i went and retrieved a JET manual and found the speed settings.
did i mention i paid $50 for it.
01-20-2008, 06:05 PM
Did I mention you SUCK? :D
If I ever need another hole in my head, I'll be in touch with you. Keep your fingers out of those belts.