Drill press vise attachment

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Drill press vise attachment

Post by Grand_Wag_85 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:44 pm

Broke down and got a new drill press, Porter Cable 15" from Lowe's. It has the grooves in the table for attaching a vise but Lowe's doesn't sell a particular vise for this machine and the manual gives no recommendations. I purchased a drill press vise from Tractor Supply that seems ti be pretty good but I can not get it to mount securely to the table on the drill press in a way that's safe to use. Are there special threaded chucks that fit into the grooves on the drill press table? I've tried a few different sized bolts but the heads won't catch the grooves so there is no way to torque it down.
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Re: Drill press vise attachment

Post by rocklaurence » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:41 am

Grainger / McMastercar have T bolts for machine tracks/slots that are made just for this

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Re: Drill press vise attachment

Post by Grand_Wag_85 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:39 pm

Are they pretty much one size fits all?
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Re: Drill press vise attachment

Post by threepiece » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:11 pm

I suspect you have what is called a T slot on your table. You can use these slots to attach a variety of fixtures and work pieces securely.

The T nuts that fit will be specified by the width of the slot and the thread size. You can make your own by simply fitting a square piece of steel with a threaded hole but be careful; If the bolt bottoms in the slot before the head makes contact you could explode the slot flange. For this reason commercially available T nuts are not fully threaded through.
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