Routing with a Drill Press

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Old 02-23-09, 09:41 AM
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Routing with a Drill Press

I have a ToolKraft 17” Drill Router (Model 453 – Bench top) which I purchased in March of 1976. This tool has an auxiliary Spindle (1/2” by 20) which is intended for routing and shaping with the use of adaptors (ADP-R-17 for routing/ ADP-S-17 for shaping).

I’ve always used the tool only as a drill press, but I’ve gotten interested in using the router function.

ToolKraft no longer has the Router adapter, but I do have a ½” Jacobs drill chuck which fits the auxiliary spindle. I’ve put the chuck on the spindle and run it with no load.

Is it safe to use the chuck to hold a ¼” router bit for limited use?
 
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Old 02-23-09, 10:00 AM
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Yes, it will hold the router bit. The drill chuck grabs on 3 points, whereas a router has a collet that grabs almost all the way around the bit.
HOWEVER: Routers operate at 15,000 - 25,000 RPM's
I've never seen a drill press come close to the speeds needed for a clean router cut, so I would never try it!
KEEP ALL YOUR FINGERS, BUY A ROUTER!
 
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Are you sure the spindle bearings can take the radial load? Routers and mills usually have needle bearings, as opposed to ball bearings in drill presses. Very limited use may be ok, but I would not throw anything heavy at it.
 
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Routing with a Drill Press

The Drill Router is variable speed.

The auxilliary spindle can go up to 21,000 RPM, and it was made for routing and shaping.

I have a B&D Plunge Router (Commercial Grade) and a Stanley Rout-about.

I just want to have the use of the Drill Router for small jobs.
 
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