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Champion Hand Crank Drill Press

Champion Hand Crank Drill Press


Photos from Ted Mays, Tool Collection Tour   Champion Hand Crank Drill Press

I love these old hand crank drill presses and this is my favorite pattern. The smooth round flywheel is great for turning slowly by hand as well as braking. The automatic feed operates on a paw and ratchet principle turning the top feed wheel.

Most of these machines have a spindle with a 1/2" bore and took "blacksmiths drill bits" which came in sets with 1/2" shanks. Even the little 1/16" bit had a 1/2" shank. Sets of these are VERY rare. You can make your own with 1/2" round bar stock but it should be drilled on a lathe to assure the hole for the bit is centered. I prefer to fit a modern chuck on mine. I've put Jacobs chucks on several of these machines. You can buy 1/2" arbors to fit all the standard size Jacobs chucks.

To start drilling you preload the drill with the hand wheel then the automatic feed keeps the pressure on the bit. The auto feed is part and partial with being able to hold the work with one hand while cranking the drill with the other. On small bits the cranking is easy but above 3/8" you start to learn what HORESPOWER really is.


  • Marked Champion Blower and Forge Lancaster PA USA
  • Marked Warranted
  • 34" tall, 14" Wide
  • Table is 7" x 8"
  • 1/2" Bore Spindle Chuck.
  • OEM Shipping Mounting Board
  • Weight 85 pounds
  • Very Smooth

Champion Hand Crank Drill

The OEM Mounting/Shipping boards are a select grade of hardwood lumber, possibly chestnut. They have a neat little ogee routed into the front corners. Despite many decades of use it is very common to still find these machines on their original boards.

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