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Champion 200 1/2 Post Drill

A very large post drill with the patented mechanism for engaging the self feed or the hand lever, allowing instant return of the drill spindle after the hole is drilled. This is Henry Keiper's patent of Aug 9, 1904. The frame is marked "Champion Blower & Forge Co., Lancaster, PA., USA, PAT No 767282, Aug 9, 1904, No. 200 1/2". The 9" throat provides an 18" drilling circle. 12" table, very heavy 25" flywheel with 5 S spokes. A novel two speed gearing mechanism allows easy speed changes by simply sliding a gear pair up or down and pushing a keeper into a groove in the upper position or allowing the gears to fall to the lower position. The crank handle throw is adjustable. Despite its size, this machine is hand cranked only. The flywheel could be removed and replaced with a flat pulley, but this would do the machine a great injustice.

All gears and bearings are in good working order. The chuck, like almost all post drills, takes a 1/2" round drill shank with flat side for the set screw. Modern adjustable chucks with 1/2" straight shanks can be used in a post drill chuck to enable the use of modern drills. The entire machine has an old coat of black paint and shows pitting from prior rust on the hand lever and flywheel. Still a beautiful, impressive, and highly usable machine.

This machine is quite heavy, however, it can be broken down for easy transport in a car trunk.

the two speed gears note the keeper on top of the top gear and the groove under the bevel gear.

the right side of machine

the flywheel side

front view

the self feed and auto return mechanism Turning the lower wheel a few degrees engages or disengages the feed nut.

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