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jusfine

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754 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: drill miller falls question

I turned the page on the Lee Valley calendar the other day and noticed the Miller Falls hand drills.

I remembered seeing one my dad had given me years ago, found it in my shop and sure enough it matches the one on the calendar.

Anybody have one like this?

There are only two of the “bits” left in the head of the unit, but they don’t seem to fit. Maybe they are from a different model?

It has been in my shop for probably 20 years, and I have never used it, but kept it as it was from my dad.

It pays to look at the calendar once in awhile.

Appreciate any info.

Thanks!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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Don W

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#1 posted 754 days ago

Mine was a recent gift from a LJ friend.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 754 days ago

Dont know much about Miller Fall tools.

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#3 posted 754 days ago

My dad swears by their hacksaws.

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RGtools

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#4 posted 753 days ago

I am not a millers falls expert…but I will say this, the type of bit you have there is for a different style of chuck (several companies adopted it, even though it is somwhat goofy…I have one myself). In the picture from lee valley it looks like one has the goofy version and one matches yours. Yours looks like it’s prepped for modern bits.

Have you tried a tiny twist bit in it yet?

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Don W

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#5 posted 753 days ago

i find that twist bits don’t like to come back out of the wood like the fluted. They often pull from the jaws instead.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 753 days ago

I’ve had the same issue. The design of the chuck for the fluted bits is highly resistant to pulling out…which might be why they went through all the trouble.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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bandit571

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#7 posted 753 days ago

That tip is for a different MF drill, a Yankee style 61A

Of course, the tip on mine is a little bent..

Most Yankee style chucks take that notched tip. The jaws on yours look more like a regular drill chuck. You might try a normal drill shank, to see if it works.

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Don W

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#8 posted 753 days ago

I saw one last weekend that looked just like jusfine’s and mine but it was stamped Craftsman. It was $15. I almost bought it just for the bits. I also saw another MF’s but it also didn’t have any bits. It was $12.

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#9 posted 752 days ago

I have the M/F eggbeater one, came with a few bits, as well a Craftsman Yankee type and a wack of ol’ yanks..
those fluted bits work justfine (oooh) but I don’t have a set, just a few of these and those ..
Lee Valley used to sell them, but after an extended search with a great lady in their customer service dept..nope, not any more. Aparently, not confirmed, Stanley does but they’re $$$$..L/V sold them as “Drill Points” they are selling repacement screwdriver bits for the whole yankee line, adding what wasn’t there then I think, Robertson, or square recess bits.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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jusfine

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#10 posted 743 days ago

Thanks for all the info guys!

I think I will just keep mine as a momento from my father…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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