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Columbia post drill

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I just bought my first post drill for $30.00. Its a Columbia but there are no identifying numbers anywhere on the drill.  It is stuck pretty solid at this point but I have gotten some of the smaller parts moving and the set screws loose.  I think I can get the rest moving with more work, lubrication and time.  The drive wheel for the self feeder is broken but a prior owner forged a piece of similar size stock to complete the circle then encased both pieces in a ring of metal that looks similar to a mini wagon tire.  I just need to cut or grind the teeth into the new semi circle so the actuator arm will move the wheel.  I also need to make the actuator arm which I think I can accomplish.  There are a couple of gears missing that appear to have been mounted on a 1/2 diameter x 10 inch long shaft.  The shaft is missing as well.  It should be mounted between the main shaft and the fly wheel.  I have no idea what they two gears might do but I have seen a picture of a similar vice from a post on this site from several years ago. Does anyone have any of those parts for sales in the parts box or have any ideas what those gears are intended to accomplish.

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Are you still working on this project? pictures would really help but I came into a similar post drill recently. it has a sort of lever operated clutch on the left side of the main shaft as you are facing the tool that looks like it engages and additional system to lower the main shaft. it has some other hardware on there as well. mine needs a few parts as well but I'd be happy to compare notes if this sounds similar to what you have.

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