Advice needed on Walker-Turner drill press

I just had a quick look at a Walker-Turner floor standing drill press and I'm trying to decide whether to buy it.
The model number is "1316 32", SN 0000024. On the side of the headstock casting, it's embossed with what looks like "1DP700". It has a 4 step pulley, no speed reducer. The column looks like 2 1/4" diameter. I think it's a 1/2 hp motor, but there's a scratch through the label so I can't be 100% sure.
The machine has been mostly idle for years, so it's got surface rust over it all, but it seems to run fine. With about 3" of drill bit out of the chuck, there was no visibly noticable runout. Everything works, but I'm sure it could use a decent restoration.
Can someone let me know the size (looks like maybe 15", but I'm not sure). When would it have been made? What's it worth?
Many thanks, Bruno (brunoh at pacbell dot net)
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You can easily measure the size with a tape measure. The size of a DP is the distance from the upright column to the center of the drill chuck, times 2. If it's a 15" drill press that distance will be 7-1/2".
You can often get comparative pricing from ebay.
I wouldn't pay more than $150 for it. It's old, US and cast iron, but it won't have a lot of features you might want.
Check out http://www.tinyisland.com/htbdrillp.txt for a few tips on buying a drill press.
GWE
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Grant Erwin wrote:

What kind of features might it not have?
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On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 22:03:08 +0000, Unisaw A100 wrote:

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that all important laser guidance system, of course....
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I forgot to measure it when I saw it -- I was hoping someone would know based on the model.

I can get it for a little less than that, but still a hard job convincing myself. I've got an old K-S Craftsman 150 which is very nice, but a bench model and I'd really prefer a floor standing model. Also, neither has the speed reducer, which would be better for metal working. So, maybe not worth the trade (which is what it would basically be).
What other features are you thinking?

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Bruno wrote:

Morse taper spindle, table raising/lowering crank, quill stops, jackshaft (center pulley so you go from one belt to two) for more speeds, integral work light, slotted table, things like that. These are all standard on the modern import drill presses. And you will use every one of them. You can certainly get by without them, too, of course.
Grant
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Walker Turner is good iron. They tended to use nonstandard bearings. Shrug
If you need speeds from slooooww to FZT!!! stick on a 3/4hp 3ph motor and pick up a cheap VFD from Ebay. Dial your speed and for really low end low rpm torque, simply change the belt on the pulley. This gives you infinite speeds at all torque ranges.
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For less than $150, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I've never seen one that cheap, even in bad shape.
If it has a standard NEMA 56 frame mount, a new motor is $50 or less if needed.
Brian Elfert
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I don't recognize the model number, but I have a WT 900 from the '50s. I've had it for around 25 years and I used one just like it in production over 30 years ago, drilling many thousands of holes with it in aluminum and steel.
Mine is still going strong, although I will have to replace the bearings soon, if I can figure out how. The model I have does have provision for a jackshaft and I have one I bought at the time I got the drill press.
Since they were built less than 5 miles from my home, I have a warm spot for them. The shops in this area are loaded with old WT's.
Ed Huntress
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Bruno wrote:

According to a catalog I have, a 1316-32 is a Standard Speed, Bench Model with a 6" spindle travel. BTW the motor is standard at 1/2 hp.
What shape is the floor base? Floor models were round, Bench models, rectangular. It could have been converted..
Tom
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Thanks to all who responded here.
Thanks, Tom for spotting this in the catalog. The one I saw had the large round floor model base. I did measure the column and was surprized that it was 2 1/4" diameter, not 2 3/4".
I contacted the seller and he measured the spindle to column at 8 1/2", but I don't see that there was a 17" model then, so I'm not sure where he measured (maybe to center of column).
The machine was posted for sale locally at $150 (in "mint condition") but when I saw it there was light to medium rust all over it. We live near the ocean, so that had me concerned. While it worked, it would still benefit from serious cleanup and I had to consider all the effort for that. He offered to sell if for 100 if I'd take it then, but something held me back. Anyway, he later had someone commit for $125 and gave me first right of refusal back at $150. I said no.
Thanks, Grant, for getting me to think about other features. One of the things that really held me back in the first place was the lack of speed reducer (since I do metal work). But I realize now that a cranking table would be very good to have.
-Bruno
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Bruno wrote:

I omitted the obvious, it is listed as a 15" machine..
Tom
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Bruno wrote:

I omitted the obvious, it is listed as a 15" machine..
Tom
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I have a benchtop model at the end of my welding table. If it sounds good, runs good, little run out, I'd buy it for $150 any day over an import. MANY easy upgrades you can do to it, Jackshaft, VFD etc. If it has a Morse taper spindle you can easily put a nice chuck on it....mine had a JT33 with locking collar, wasn't hard to find a good chuck for it, but not as easy as a MT spindle
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