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Bill Bryson's Merkur Motorized Drill Press

Bill writes: "This is the Drill Press out of the Classic C01 set and it is a wonderful model. This is AS BUILT but I did deviate in the upper axel supports. The design in the line drawing was not giving enough upper support and caused the model to appear unbalanced. I added a 7 hole curve and a 2 by as support. It made all the difference in appearance and when the model runs it is finely tuned. This is a working model and could possibly be used as a REAL drill press if desired. It is a great model and the Classic Merkur continues to be my favorite all time kit.

I motorized the C01 Classic Drilling Press with the Merkur 2.2 Motor set. As I become more familiar with the Motor set I am getting better at mounting the motor. This motor was a snap to install on the Drilling Press as it is hole aligned to Merkur standards. I chose to mount it with a STRAP on the bottom flange with U shaped reinforcement on the top. To insure It all stayed in place I put a EXTERIOR U shaped mount between the supports. It resulted in a STRONG mount that I probably use in future motor installations. The motor realistically drives the Drilling Press with TWO geared speeds. All you have to do to change speed is move the motor shaft in or out by 1/4 inch. It is really a well designed motor and I like it a lot.

Motorizing the Classic models is a lot of fun and highly recommended. I personally feel that the installations go quicker with the Merkur designed motor. I would recommend this Merkur 2.2 Motor set to one and all who want to use a motor with Merkur Models. The Motor set also comes with a wide variety of gears and even differential mechanics for transmissions and axel models."