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Topic tags/keywords: power tools original purpose edmond michel ah petersen ford motor company milwaukee tools skil skilsaw

Since some of the power tools that we know and love were invented during certain working enviroments, such as building cars or cutting sugar cane, I’d like to know whether or not these tools still are used for these early working purposes?

The original Skilsaw worm-drive saw was invented by Edmond Michel in 1921 while he had witnessed a bunch of people cutting sugar cane using their machetes that they held in their own hands. Originally, he had the idea of mounting a hacksaw (machete) blade onto a malted-milk mixer motor, but then decided on a round blade after learning of Tabitha Babbitt’s similar invention for table saws (to replace the hacksaw method of cutting big and long pieces of wood). Three years later, his invention evolved into the worm-drive design with its clockwise spinning blade… the model “E” which remained in production through 1939. So, I ask: was the model 77 Skilsaw ever used in cutting sugar cane trees?

Another invention was the Milwaukee “Hole-Shooter” end-handle drill. Invented in 1918 by A. H. Petersen while as an employee at Ford Motor Company, this drill was the first of its kind to be portable enough to be guided by one hand (Black & Decker’s pistol-grip drill, invented just two years earlier, still had to require the use of both hands), and it was in use to drill holes for car building. I ask this: Were any of the modern end-handle Hole-Shooters (red plastic housings, with some bearing the “Magnum” name) from the 1960s and thereafter in use at Ford (and other car manufacturers’) plants in those years?

~Ben


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