Walker Turner Driver Line DP-101

by Bryan

I had been looking for a Dp-101 for a few years. My Grandfather had one when I was young that he would let me drill holes with while he worked in his barn. When he passed away in the mid 70s, it went to an uncle who used it for a couple years then gave it away. A few years ago, I started looking but all the ones I found were either missing parts or updated. Finally, about 6 months ago I found one in California that was 100% original and looked in nice shape. ( see Picts).With all the free time I’ve had due to COVID, I disassembled it and restored it. I was amazed how well it had been taken care of. I started with the motor, completely disassembled it, cleaned and painted it. Everything was there except the cord.The same thing for the body of the drill press. Not only was every nut and bolt there, nothing was broken, or had much wear for that matter. I cleaned off the oil and grease, sandblasted some rusty spots, a little light sanding and matched the paint as close as I could. On the bare metal parts, I took a wire wheel to them and buffed the smooth parts. To my knowledge it’s 100% correct except for the paint. I’m not sure what year it is, I’m guessing the early 30s. If anyone sees something that isn’t original or anything missing, please let me know. In the mean time I’m looking for an old 12” or 14” band saw to restore.

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