Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

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Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Erik Johnson » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:07 pm

Is anyone familiar with this particular type of bar clamp and if it has a special purpose?

Is it missing anything?

The large crank and hand wheel/lock wheel has me stumped. It doesn't look like any of the varieties I have seen before.

I'm helping a fellow who is going through his father's collection of junk.
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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Herb Iffrig » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:26 pm

I don't think it is a bar clamp per-se.
It is a sort of drill press I think.
Look at the end of the shaft where the round hand wheel is. Is there a square socket there?
That would be for a square tapered end drill bit to go into.


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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Erik Johnson » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:49 pm

There is a square socket (see photo) but I think it may be missing a part or two.
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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Mark Gregush » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:13 am

It is a bench top drill. I have one all most exactly the same except, I would have to check, mine has feet. The wood was placed against the movable backstop and drilled by turning the crank to spin the bit and the hand wheel is the feed. Not sure that it is missing any parts, was more then likely held in a vice to use. Might have used a clamp to hold the piece to the backstop.
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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Brian D » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:48 am

Found many similar, Google vintage blacksmith hand crank drill press.
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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Erik Johnson » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:35 am

I'm familiar with hand crank post drill presses with the hand crank 90 degrees to the arbor. Those are a dime a dozen.

The only way this would work as a drill press is if it were mounted on top of and parallel to the workbench surface so you would drill horizontally. However, there are no brackets or feet with mounting holes to do that - unless you clamp it to the bench with a C-clamp.


This is closest thing I could find - note the holes that would allow you to screw it to the workbench surface:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/vtg-antique-ir ... 3888504290


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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Wayne Sheldon » Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:32 am

Maybe a portable drill that clamps between the bit and the "table" which has adjustable positions to fit different thickness frame rails and boards. Fit the "table", spin the wheel to apply pressure from the bit to the board, and start cranking! Holes needed to be drilled to mount bodies and frame spreaders.
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Re: Can anybody ID this bar clamp?

Post by Grizwaldo » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:57 pm

I've seen a very similar unit,although bigger and more complicated,to push a fitting into a hydraulic hose. Working about the same,the bar on this one would be clamped horizontally in a vise,the outside coller would be pushed or screwed onto the outside of the hose,then the hose just behind that collar would be pinched and pushed into the fork. Then this thing with the correct tool in it,would push and spin the inside piece tightly into the hose completing the installation.

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