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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 01-17-2014 07:41 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2014 07:41 AM

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Hi. I’m new to Lumberjocks and also to woodworking. I’ve been acquiring hand tools, and see that being the direction I take with woodworking. At this point, I don’t need a post drill (I don’t even have a bit brace yet!), but I saw this on Craigslist and didn’t know how scarce these things are. Also, does it look like it’s complete and would be functional if cleaned up and lubed? Is this a fair price? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 02:57 PM

It’s a good price, though it doesn’t look complete unless I’m not understanding how that model works. Can’t tell from that picture. Usually that big flywheel is on the left side and theres the crank handle on the right. I don’t see any crank handle and I don’t see a place for that flywheel on the left so maybe this one is different. There also doesn’t seem to be the table for whatever is getting drilled. Try asking for more pictures. These things used to be in every barn and complete they go for $200 and up. Not something you find every day, shipping from ebay is what usually kills the deal.

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 05:00 PM

The crank handle should be on the wheel. This is one of the simpler versions, and you would have to build
your own drill table. It is worth the price, if the chuck and gears work.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 05:04 PM

Check the chuck. A few are your standard type chuck but most take a straight shank with a flat and you will have to track down bits with the correct size flat-shank in the cutting diameter that you want. Here’s a pic I borrowed from fleabay:

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 02:03 PM

Thanks for the info! I think I’m going to pass on this one though.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 03:36 PM

I would not consider a post drill a great woodworking tool. As mentioned before the bits usually as pictured half inch with a flat are not super common. Finding a wide range of sizes would be difficult. Also the depth between column and bit is usually shallow. I have a couple for black smithing and they work ok for that application. I would get a brace or an egg beater style drill first

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