I just scored an old blacksmith's post drill at a flea market. I was
curious about its age and history. Anybody out there know anything about
Buffalo Forge products? I Googled and didn't find much onmy drill.
What I have is a Model 61R. It appears to be hand cranked with the
option of handling a belt drive. It curerenly lacks the table, but
everything else is there and works. I am hoping I can find a table on Ebay.
Any help would be appreciated.
I also bought one of the old post drills at a flea market, several
years ago. I don't have any info about your particular drill though.
Goog search term "post drill" with quotes
The designs of various models go back to the 1800s. I wasn't able to
find out any info on my drill, since there are only casting numbers,
but no company name.
They're very nice primitive machines. I was surprised how well they
drill holes in steel. Another surprise was that the spindle runs true.
I turned and threaded a drill chuck adapter/arbor on a lathe and
installed a 1/2" Jacobs chuck, since the spindle just had a 1/2"
straight socket with a set screw for holding drills.
My drill has two speed ranges, with one handle shaft acting as a back
Not too much info available to me but I have a note which says the
first two digits of the serial number will indicate the year of
manufacture. Example: 57Y-6051 was built in 1957; 73Y-22162 was built
in 1973. Hope it helps.
Ive got (2) Buffalo Forge "table top" drill presses, Id like to sell
someone cheaply enough. One has been stripped and partially repainted,
the other has not. Both sport (1) hp electric motors.
I really want these to go to a new and good home.
"If I'm going to reach out to the the Democrats then I need a third
hand.There's no way I'm letting go of my wallet or my gun while they're
"Democrat. In the dictionary it's right after demobilize and right
before demode` (out of fashion).
-Buddy Jordan 2001
Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen mention of one of the nicer features
of some of these old post drills: the fact that as you turned for drilling,
the spindle was indexed downward, providing considerable drilling pressure.
The few times I've used one, I found them to be as fast, or even faster,
than a drill press. I passed one up last week ($5.00) but didn't buy it
because the table was gone and I couldn't figure out a suitable vertical
surface in my shop on which to mount it.
Mine doesn't seem to have come with a serial number. Adding a serial
number to the casting sand must have been a bitch 8^)
I only have 35 bucks invested so far, so even if I never find a table,
it is no biggy. Judging from past sales the table will cost me another
35 or so.
It is a great old primitive machine. Kinda fun just spinning the crank
and watching it index. It came complete with part of the old beam and
some very old lag bolts holding the drill to it that look like they were
smith made many years ago. I'm guessing it is well over 100 years old.
It sure would be nice to get some details.
Thanks for the responses
Serial numbers are generally stamped, sometimes in the most unlikley
places. In all the years I bought and sold machinery I never saw or
heard of a machine which had a cast serial number. Doesn't mean there
weren't any though.
I did find that site earlier in my search. It was interesting but there
was no info on my drill.
I was hoping there might be some group of antique tool collectors on the
net that might be able to shed a little light
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