Do you know anyone at a freight company?
Look, I'm dreaming.* This is ridiculous, but there's a nicely-motorized camelback drill press on [an auction site] that's "local pickup only" and it's already cycled through once with no takers. Worse yet, it's in a basement; the seller writes, "bring some strong backs."
These things are H-E-A-V-Y, 500 pounds (American!) in this instance; they were built for factories where power was delivered to the machines through an overhead line shaft and you started up a drill or lathe by sliding a wide, flat belt from a free-spinning pulley to a drive pulley.
I shouldn't even consider it; it'd take major rearrangement of "The Roseholme Works," a/k/a my garage, just to fit it in.
But hey... Any ideas?
(I do hope this drill press finds a home. While it's crazy heavy compared to a modern drill press, it's also a lot more stable. If the bearings are good and everything is true and square, you can bolt a cross slide vise [linked example illustration only!] on the table and have a nice "poor man's milling machine" for brass and aluminum.)
* My fingers originally typed "dreadming." Yeah, that's about right.
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