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Forum topic by Tim Kindrick posted 08-12-2011 09:47 AM 2062 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Kindrick

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08-12-2011 09:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource drill driver brace bits collets hand drill auger rare old antique

I saw one of my buddies blogs a couple of days ago where he was gloating about his recent purchase of three Braces. It reminded me that I have two braces and several bits that I have no use for. I sent my buddy a message to ask him if he wanted mine or at least some of the bits and we could work some kind of cheap trade but I haven’t heard back from him yet. I’m sure he’s just been busy.

I’m wondering if anyone actually uses these things any more? If so, WHY? Is there a specific reason why you would you these instead of a power drill other than the “COOL” factor?

As you can see in the pic above, one brace ratchets and the other doen’t. The ratcheting brace ratchets left, right and locks at center. They both work very well although they do have some surface rust. I also sanded the finish off of one of them and have not refinished it yet.

The brace that doesn’t ratchet has a straight head screw driver bit in it and it’s the only driver bit I have. As you can also see I have an adapter collett so the regular drill bits can be used with these braces. I also have two different looking bits that resemble adjustable spade bits. The adjustable cutter is missing from one :(

Most of the bits are the auger style except for one. Some of the other bits don’t actually go with this brace set but they were in the same box so if someone want them they can have them.

OK NOW, does anyone know the approximate value of all this stuff shown? To be honest, I can’t physically use it and probably wouldn’t if I could!!! I’m also not a collector or anything. These were left behind in a shop when my mom bought her last house. My main objective is to get them into the hands of someone who will appreciate them and may even use them from time to time. My buddy that I mentioned earlier has the first choice and I’m not in a hung hurry. I’m not looking to sell these for lots of cash and make a killing. I’d rather work out some kind of barter. I’m not even sure if this is allowed on LJ’s so if I’m doing something againsts the rules, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!!!! PLEASE, Send me a private message if you’re interested!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 11:19 AM

Why would you use them? Well I’ve used them before because the bits are long and I’ve had a deep hole to drill, because they come in bigger sizes thand standard drills (though spade bits have changed that a bit), and because they work where the power cords don’t reach (but cordless drills have changed that a bit since then too).

Good luck finding them a good home.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 07:27 PM

I use mine frequently.

Nothing beats a brace for slotted head screw removal and driving.

Also, you get a lot of control with one, so they work wonders when drilling holes that you would ordinarily use a drill press for.

If I weren’t so broke at the moment I would likely make you an offer for them.

-- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. . .

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 07:45 PM

I use mine all of the time, well I should say my boys and the cubscouts use them all of the time. It is like that saying “you can cut off your finger on a scroll saw but you may have to change the blade a few times.” With hand cranked tools the kids appreciate measuring twice and drilling once. With a power driver you end up with a lot of stripped screws and try again holes from an eager trigger finger. Message me if you are still looking to get rid of them.

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 04:33 PM

I got my grandfather’s old brace, but he cut the square ends off of all of his bits so that he could use them in a regular drill (he was an old farmer, and necessity ruled – tools were modified as needed).

I’d love to have the lot is you still want to get rid of them. How much?


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#5 posted 08-31-2011 05:57 AM

I use mine occasionally for critical operations when I want or need more control than I would have with a power drill.

Cutting the ends off old wood augers may get a few holes, but they don’t last long. Modern augers are a lot tougher and harder than the old brace bits. Trust me ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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