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corpmule

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743 days ago

Does anybody know what this is?

I know it’s an “egg beater” drill but, I can’t find any markings on it and, I haven’t found anything on the Internet like it. I don’t think it’s anything special, I’m just curious.

Any hints or clues will be greatly appreciated.

While it may not be anything special, it is functional. I was surprised at how quickly it drilled an 1/8 th inch hole through a 2×4!


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blackcherry

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#1 posted 743 days ago

My guest is Miller Falls

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 743 days ago

I was surprised as well at the hand brace boring an 1.25 hole in maple for a
mallet I’m making.

I have an egg beater similar to yours and like the proficiency as well.

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racerglen

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#3 posted 743 days ago

Sure looks like my Millers Falls…

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 743 days ago

Egg beaters rock

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corpmule

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#5 posted 743 days ago

I haven’t seen anything on the Millers Falls web sites that look like this one, with the holes in the big gear like that. So, I’m not so sure it’s a Millers Falls. racerglen, can you post a pic of the one you have?

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AndyDuframe

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#6 posted 743 days ago

While it may not be anything special, it is functional. I was surprised at how quickly it drilled an 1/8 th inch hole through a 2×4!

You know it!! Not sure if I’d want to attack hardwood with one of these, but for quick pilot holes in pine, I know for a fact these egg-beater drills work great (especially after forgetting to charge the cordless).

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madts

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#7 posted 743 days ago

Best thing is that it run on one sandwich a day.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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bent

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#8 posted 742 days ago

that color red looks like a goodell-pratt drill that i have.

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 742 days ago

I used one of these for years drilling holes in steel gutter for rivets. They work well but are tiring to use. Replaced it as soon as they came out with cordless drills.

-- In God We Trust

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knockknock

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#10 posted 742 days ago

Any hints or clues will be greatly appreciated.

Not to put your egg beater down, as it is built better than many of the new ones being sold today.

But the gears look like they are made of a zinc based pot metal, and it uses a lip on the ring gear to hold the pinions in place (see how the millers falls has a cage holding the pinions in place). So your egg beater is possibly a low budget one, and may be a no-brand make.

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DaveFFMedic

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#11 posted 742 days ago

Wow! Thanks for posting! I’ve had this old egg beater drill laying in the bottom of a box of hand me down tools for years. I never gave it passing glance until now. I never knew the end cap screwed off to reveal bit storage. Here are pics of mine!


An interesting thing about this, is the handle is clearly stamped Made in USA, but the ring gear is stamped with the letters “GB”. Not sure how old this tool is, but could probably guess.

- Dave

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#12 posted 742 days ago

Hey… i got one to…in the south we call them yankee drills..mine is a sherifield

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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corpmule

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#13 posted 742 days ago

@knockknock, I understand what you’re saying. You might be right. Someone told me yesterday, it may be made by a German company (shrug). I didn’t think it was anything special. :) I’m just looking to identify the maker and model if possible.

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Woodbum

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#14 posted 742 days ago

The red handwheel makes me think MillersFalls. My old hand drill (WWII vintage) is similar but smaller. It was used to drill holes for aircraft repairs. My dad used it and then liberated it from the Army Air Corps.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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lunn

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#15 posted 741 days ago

A little story about the egg beater drill . I worked at a hardware store, did the ordering. A lady came in and wanted to order 200 of them. I called several suppliers and no one stocked the open geared as in the picts. I finally asked why it had to be open gears and and so many? She replied so it can be steralized and put into a tray for drilling through the skull for brain trama and swelling. I guess the surgeons wanted to save on the electric bill.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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