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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 1721 days ago 4497 reads 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this the other day at an antique mall, I swear to you it called me by name, psssst hey Tim, C’mon man $20, how about it? I can remember using one of these when I was young…er. This one looked to be in decent shape and as it turns out is one of the models worth getting. So I thought I would blog the restoring of this gem.

It is a Miller Falls No. 2 type E or F, one of the last ones manufactured in Miller Falls Mass. early 1900’s

It is missing the screw that holds the main gear on.

Also missing the side handle.

Here are some more close up shots.

Next I will totally disassemble the drill.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.



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patron

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#1 posted 1721 days ago

what a great find ,
i would love to see it when you get it done .

many times i wish i had one for that intricate work ,
where the battery drill is to cumbersome .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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FirehouseWoodworking

622 posts in 1897 days


#2 posted 1721 days ago

You remember using one of these when you were young, you say?! Hell, I still do! That’s my cordless drill! All I gotta do now is find my charger! Damn, I wish I knew where that charger was!

Nice find. Very nice.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1721 days ago

Hard to find that level of quality these days…. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Tim Dahn

1467 posts in 2189 days


#4 posted 1720 days ago

I drilled some test holes and i didn’t have to charge it!
Autumn, yes the mushroom cap screws off for bit storage. It didn’t come with any bits but that ok, regular twist drill bits work good too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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stefang

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#5 posted 1719 days ago

I have one of these, but a more modern version. I bought it because I couldn’t afford an electric drill at the time. I can’t even remember the last time I used it. However, being tool obsessed like most on this site, I can understand your enthusiasm and joy with this old tool find and I look forward to seeing it restored to good mint condition.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sawdust2

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#6 posted 1710 days ago

This post made me go look.
I have a MF Model 2A that needs a chuck. Other than that it is in great condition.
I would appreciate a lead on where to get a chuck.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Tim Dahn

1467 posts in 2189 days


#7 posted 1709 days ago

Lee, give this a try, http://www.wktools.com/ he sell some parts, Also I found mine laying on the floor in an antique mall.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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