North Brothers "Yankee" 1530A Question

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Forum topic by CarterR posted 11-15-2012 03:58 PM 2406 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2012 03:58 PM

First time posting on LJ’s. I recently acquired a North Brothers “Yankee” 1530A on craigslist. After reading many blogs and my growing interest in hand tools I was curious to see why so many other hand toll enthusiast love this drill. After receiving it and using it, I understand. It is super smooth and the double ratcheting feature is cool.

My question is, has anyone seen one in bronze like mine? After looking online I cannot find information pertaining to my specific model.


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#1 posted 11-15-2012 04:44 PM

Likely WWII production – “YANKEE” tools were not plated in order to conserve nickel which was a war-essential commodity. I have owned “YANKEE” ratchet screwdrivers of wartime manufacture with the same finish.


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#2 posted 11-19-2012 02:45 AM

I would have to agree with Jamesicus, I also have a couple war time Yankee screw drivers, one of them being a North Bros and it also has the bronze finish.. It could also be that some one went a little crazy with the sand paper.. most of the pieces were coated bronze to begin with.. all though that one looks to good to be done that way.. I know that just hand wear on some pieces with show the bronze through the nickle coating..
Either way you have a very nice egg beater, use it, enjoy it, and remember that its been doing its job for a long time.. Papa

-- Papa...

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