Model #351264270 CRAFTSMAN Mortiser

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Attaching Craftsman Mortising Chisel Kit to Craftsman Drill Press 351.264270

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I couldn't get an answer from Sears on this at all. After being passed to at least five different departments and speaking with people who, though quite polite and well-intentioned, knew nothing about Craftsman tools at all, I just started looking on line. I hate to use the internet to find an answer like this because who can you trust, really? But this video shows how to attach a Delta mortising chisel set to a drill press and it is the same as the Craftsman instructions. However, at the point in the installation where the Craftsman bit is too long to do what the manual instructs, this man says that if your auger bit is too long, just cut the non-cutting end with a hacksaw. I thought about that at one point, but figured a drill bit was harder than a hacksaw blade and that we ought not have to custom fit a Craftsman kit to a Craftsman press in that drastic a manner; but after all of this run around with trying to get an answer, I think that is the most reasonable thing I have heard. See the video at about the 3:00 minute point to see and hear how this man says to handle it. He just mentions it and doesn't show the cutting of the auger bit, because the Delta kit actually fits as is. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxyWfze3qzQ. Craftsman tools are good tools and I prefer them to what you can purchase at stores like Lowe's and Home Depot, but the knowledge of the customer service representatives is about nil. No one kows a thing about tools or using tools anymore; and Sears is just a big retailer that moves merchandise and not a store that maintains people knowledgeable in their products or the use of them. The sad thing is there doesn't seem to be a store around that hires anyone who knows a thing about their products except for electronics and computers. Tools and working with one's hands are just ignored today; and that's a poor indicator of where our whole country is headed. I miss that old blue-collar initiative and mind set.

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Gary -
December 19, 2014
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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I suspect that the mortising chisel kit is not compatible with the drill press based upon your description, but without a model number of the drill press provided, we cannot verify. It sounds as though you've followed the steps correctly up to inserting the bit, but sounds like the step may be referring to another design. If your drill press also starts with 351, then I would say it is likely to fit, but if it starts with 113 or 137, it would be made by a different manufacturer and meant for another design. 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
December 22, 2014
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Thanks for your response. The only place I could find a Model Number on the press is on the motor and I don't know if it applies to the motor only or the whole press. I don't remember it exactly at the moment but I'm almost certain it is not 351. I don't understand what difference it would make because the height of the housing and the length of the chisel must determine the length of the auger bit. Perhaps, another model press has a shorter chuck--that is, extending not as low in the housing, or has a deeper chuck that can accept the bit. I kind of doubt it since the kit comes with three inserts to fit quill diameters of multiple presses. I purchased both the press and the kit way back in 2001 and have just never attempted to use the kit until now; so, I can't return it. It held up real nice though in the case it came in, nor rust at all. Anyway, I cut a little over an inch off the auger bits, keeping them as long as possible, and it worked fine on this press. The bits weren't hard at all and a regular hack saw blade easily cut through them. All the other parts fit the press; only the bits were too long. I cut my mortises and am on to other things now. Thanks again for the answer.

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Gary -
December 29, 2014
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