Rockwell No. 15-017 Drill Press

Rockwell No. 15-017 Drill Press

Rockwell No. 15-017 Drill Press

Delta Rockwell Model 15-017, 15" Floor Model Drill Press, 7.5" Throat, 10" x 10.5" Adjustable Work Table, 12" x 8.5" Work Surface on Base, Hand Quill Feed, 4-Step Pulley Spindle Speed Change. This was originally a bench model drill press, but was switched with an older column and base from a floor standing press.

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Sep 21, 2023
Speed ratios NEW
by: Kevin Shellman

Just got my drill press working again. Replaced the v-belt and noticed that on the front and rear spindles there are 4 different size pulleys. Can anyone tell me the speeds for each set of pulleys? Currently the belt is on the bottom set of pulleys and I’d like to know the speed of the chuck.

Jun 04, 2023
Drill Press Quill return NEW
by: Andrew

Sorry to get back to you all so late. Thanks for the advice, I haven't taken it apart yet - from the manual - the pinion shaft looks like it is all one piece. If it separates and a threaded rod is all that is needed - that would be easy to fix.

May 29, 2023
Quil return gear NEW
by: Jeston

Actually I made a while return gear, not the spring, from an acme threaded rod. eBay is probably your best bet. If you can spec out the coil spring you may be able to just find one close enough.

May 29, 2023
Make your own quick return spring NEW
by: Anonymous

I made one out of a piece of acme thread rod. Worked great. I still have some rod I could send you a chunk

May 29, 2023
Quill Return Spring NEW
by: Andrew

I see that someone was looking for a quill return spring for their drill... did you ever find this? I too have the same drill (recently purchased) and it needs the same. Please post if you did or if someone knows of where to find a replacement.

Jan 22, 2023
Owners Manual
by: Pau

Looking for an Owners Manual. Links in comments below no longer work.

Jan 06, 2023
Jetson NEW
by: Anonymous

It's not really a screw. It's a worm gear.

Oct 08, 2022
Quill Adjustment Screw
by: Jeston

Can anyone tell me the diameter and thread of the quill adjustment screw P/N DP-527? Just grabbed one of these drill presses and it is the only functional part that is missing. Is also missing the original switch plate so if anyone is parting one out I would be interested.

Oct 16, 2021
missing table email NEW
by: Richard

I purchased this when I worked at Woolco in sporting goods and we used it to drill bowling balls..if anyone remembers wool o you know that was a long time it never had a regular table......anyway I have held on to this for almost 50 years and still want a table anyone got one.

May 26, 2021
Rockwell 15-017 Drill press spindle thread NEW
by: John

I’m replacing old chuck with Jacobs 44-33C33 chuck. Had a terrible time getting the old chuck off. Damaged threads on spindle. Will have to use die or thread file to clean up threads. What is the thread size on spindle? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Feb 17, 2021
Quill replacement spring
by: Anonymous

Does any know the length of the quill return spring for this drill press. Need to replace mine and haven't been able to locate a replacement spring. Where can I purchase a new spring and housing? Thanks, Dean

Feb 06, 2021
Missing manual
by: Andrew in Portland

Comments here going back 10 years indicate that there is a PDF of the manual floating around. I would love it if someone would send it to me! Better still, is it not possible to post it here?

Please text me on 203 903 1669.

I just bought one of these presses. After 50 years, the runout is less than .002. I just wish that there was a rock and pinion on the table; mine has a clamp and a smooth post.

I’m going to add an up-front magnetic switch with a big STOP button. Right now the only switch is a tiny toggle on the motor.

Apr 13, 2020
new to me 15-069
by: MIke

I just got this drill press from a friend and have to d some maintannce. Does anyone have the link or can email me the pdf manual. Thank you

Sep 14, 2019
Urgent part
by: Kelli

I am looking for the collar and/or table assembly for the 15-017. If you can help me please let me know ASAP. I will take pricing on new and used.

Thank you,

Feb 25, 2017
15-017 manual NEW
by: Jason

Hi folks,
I recently purchased this drill press. Looking to get it taken apart and fixed up. I'm having zero luck finding a manual though. If anyone has a manual for sale or would be willing to sell me a pdf, please email

Jan 30, 2017
Quill Tension screw NEW
by: John

Since I posted the question i bought a tension screw. The gentlemen sent me two. If you need one let me know.


Jan 30, 2017
Quill tension NEW
by: Anonymous

Mine is missing the adjusting screw that mounts up through the bottom of the housing that would turn the spring tension housing using the gear teeth on the outer rim. The jam nuts do not do anything but prevent the housing from working loose.


Nov 24, 2016
mechanism for raising drill NEW
by: John

I bought this drill press and tried to adjust the spring tension for the handle. When I loosen the double nut arrangement, it just binds. It seems like the spring adjustment mechanism should connect to the housing to work properly. Does any one have ant pictures of how this should work?


Nov 12, 2015
Answer to Phil's Request for a Wiring Diagram 15-017 NEW
by: Clay

Dear Phil, why would you need a wiring diagram for a 15-017 drill press? Well, OK. Let me just give you a verbal on it, because all it is is this. The three wires in the cord, white, black and green go to the switch. The black wire goes to one side of the switch. The green wire is grounded to the metal of the press. The white wire is wired direct to the white wire that it in the same kind of rubber cord that goes to the motor connections. The black wire in the motor cable goes to the OTHER SIDE of the Single Pole Single Throw switch. The green wire in the motor cable goes to the grounded connection on the press to the motor grounded connection, usually a free screw in the motor connection box. Man, that's all there is to it unless you are dealing with something I can't figure out.

Oct 09, 2015
inquiry on 15-017 rockwell drill press NEW
by: Somer

Hey everyone, I came across this thread the other day while trying To find the owners manual for my newly purchased, vintage, rockwell 15-017 drill press. I was wondering if any of you guys still had the pdf file and would be willing to send it to me?

My email is

Thanks in advance for any help!

Sep 03, 2015
Chuk removal/replacement NEW

Can anyone tell me how to remove and replace the chuck.

Aug 13, 2015
Need a part NEW
by: Chaz

Where can we get parts? I need a gear that is driven by the pulley with the arbor going thru it.

Jul 18, 2015
Help with replacing chuck NEW
by: Snoopydad

Could someone emsil me at instructions on how to change the chuck on the rocklwell model 15-017? Also if anyone has a PDF of the instruction manual that we be very helpful.

Jun 13, 2015
Spindle RPM NEW
by: San Gab woodworker

Does any one know the Spindle RPM for the Rockwell 15-017 drill press? Also where can I buy the manual?
Many thanks,
San Gabriel, Ca woodworker

Mar 20, 2015
Drill press repair NEW
by: Jerry

Thank you for all of your help in making repairs to my Rockwell drill press. I would not have been successful without your assistance. You guys are wonderful,Thanks again jbr

Mar 20, 2015
Parts NEW
by: Greg

Where can I get replacement parts please parts

Sep 11, 2014
Thank You to all NEW
by: Anonymousjbr

Thanks so much for your help in repairing my drill press. You guy's were so helpful and I

really appreciate the professionalism of all the people on this board. You were great. Thank you to all.

Sep 11, 2014
Remove chuck NEW
by: Rod Healey

Can any one explain to me how to remove the chuck on my 15-017 drill press Please E-mail me with this info Thanks a million Rod

Aug 15, 2014
15-017 NEW
by: Randy R

I acquired one of these within a house I bought. What is a ballpark price for one of these. The one I found is in nice shape and works great.

Apr 26, 2014
Wiring NEW
by: Jbr

I had repair to motor and the person removed wiring tags on wiring I need help reworking the motor to the switch and power cord. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Help please

Apr 26, 2014
Wiring NEW
by: Jbr

I had repair to motor and the person removed wiring tags on wiring I need help reworking the motor to the switch and power cord. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Help please

Nov 21, 2013
Have one of these NEW
by: Rudolph

I have a drill like this one. I'm looking for more info on using it and restoring it.
Where do I get matching paint like the one posted?
Is there a source as to maintenance? How and where to lube it, etc.

Feb 25, 2013
15-017 drillpress NEW
by: mike k

looking for work table driven gear? any ideas who mite have 1?

Feb 07, 2011
Rockwell 15-017 Drill Press For Sale - What's it Worth?
by: Gerry

I have one of these for sale, but don't know what they may be worth today. It's in excellent shape and working like a dream.

Jan 05, 2011
Owners Manual Rockwell 15-017 Drill Press
by: Bobby

The link provided by Phil on March 23, 2010 will take you to a copy of the owners manual.

Jan 05, 2011
Need Copy of Owner's Manual Rockwell 15-017 Drill Press
by: Don

I inherited this drill press from my late father's estate, and wish now (like so many sons) that I had paid more attention to the old man's ramblings about learning to use and maintain it while he was still alive.

In short: does anyone have a copy of an Owner's Manual for it?

Dec 26, 2010
Need Spindle for Rockwell 15-017 Drill Press
by: Bobby

I need to locate a replacement spindle. Does anyone know where I can find parts? I have tried several websites but none include this model. If I can't locate a spindle then I am willing to sell the rest of the press. Thank you.

Sep 16, 2010
Need Parts
by: Big Daddy

I have this drill press and need to locate the
on/off switch and a table w/clamp. Any help on
were to find parts would be great. Thank you.

Sep 14, 2010
removing speed pully
by: Jeff

Dose anyone know how to remove the pully from the spindle have losened set screw under it but it will not come off dont want to break any thing. If you can help could you email me at thanks for your help

Apr 06, 2010
delta rockwell 15-017
by: boilermaker

I cracked the collar on the table. lost piece,do you now where I can find a table to replace it? thanks

Mar 23, 2010
Rockwell Drill Press
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much. That will be a huge help.

Mar 23, 2010
Rockwell 15-017 Drill Press Manual
by: Anonymous

The manual can be found here
Good Luck. Also try for parts and manual.

Jan 19, 2010
Rockwell No. 15-017 Drill Press
by: Phil

Anybody have a wiring diagram?

Dec 26, 2009
remove and replace existing chuck
by: wayne

My goal is to rebuild an old rockwell 15-017. I need any information that will help me to that end. The dial indicator shows the shank of a drill bit to be out by .006 . I hope to find a parts catolog and owners manual. Please email me at Thank you

Dec 02, 2009
Replacement parts?
by: Mary

Does anyone know where we can get replacement parts for this model?


Mar 22, 2008
removing the chuck
by: patrick o'dea

i recently purchased this drill press. all other drill presses i've owned simply required the tapping of a forked wedge between the spindle and the chuck, to remove the chuck.

this one doesn't want to come off and i'm afraid to use too much force. is this one different? if so, what do i do to remove the chuck?

please email

thank you.

Mar 17, 2008

Do you know where we can find replacement parts for this model?
Thank You

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