|Forum topic by Don Broussard||posted 02-11-2014 03:24 AM||1435 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-11-2014 03:24 AM
I picked up this breast drill this weekend. It looks a lot like the Millers Falls No. 50 in the colors and the mechanicals with a two-jaw chuck to accept square bits. I disassembled it in the hopes of finding some markings to ID and date this tool. The only thing I’ve found so far is a part with raised letters cast into this piece:
Left hand handle. I suspect that this piece was originally a shaped wooden piece.
Here are a few other pictures:
Two speed gearing. To change speed, the main gear is dismounted and repositioned in the other hole. The slow speed is a 1:1 ratio. The high speed looks to be at least 2:1 I haven’t counted the teeth on the larger ring yet, but all the teeth are intact.
The handle attaches to the back side of the main gear via a dovetail and retaining screw. There is no screw driven through the arm securing it to the gear. I haven’t seen another one with a similar handle mounting.
I need to finish cleaning the drill. I’d like to know what it is before I repaint it to as close as original colors. The large gear has some remnants of red paint and the breast plate and most of the tool have remnants of black paint. I will also need to turn the drive handle and a new steady handle. If you need any specific pics of certain areas, please let me know. I’ll get the requested pics posted ASAP. Thanks in advance for the comments!
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