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Forum topic by 8iowa posted 02-17-2009 01:47 AM 1615 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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8iowa

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02-17-2009 01:47 AM

Even though I now have cordless drills, one of the handiest hand tools in my collection through the years is a Yankee screw driver. I found a nice one at a yard sale that I plan to put in my “Workshop in the Woods” this Spring. However I need to have the special slotted bits for this tool. Does anyone know where to purchase Yankee screwdriver bits?

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"


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#1 posted 02-17-2009 01:51 AM

You will get slammed on ebay.

I get them from an old Tool Store in Schenectady NY. I get slammed there too.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 02:06 AM

Yankees are nice screwdrivers. I have one and have several bits, but I would not have any idea of where to get the extra bits.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 02:09 AM

Good luck, and I fear the price will be high. Everytime I see a Yankee it always goes for about twice what I think it is worth. I know where there are two that will one day be mine, so I keep passing on them until Dad decides he doesn’t need his anymore.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 02:50 AM

pat;

Lee Valley does indeed have them for my #130 Yankee. I ordered a set. Many thanks.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 02:53 AM

If you use your Yankee screw drivers like I do, you might find these handy:

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/default.php?cPath=269_370&gclid=CL3UnPWq4pgCFRlcagodowHadw

I’ll keep looking. I recently saw Yankee bits for sale somewhere but I can’t find it right now. They are expensive but I think worth it.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 02:56 AM

Hey Dusty, Thanks for the website. I like those adaptors. I think I’ll get me one.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 02:59 AM

I found some at an Ace Hardware store – they were able to special order for me.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 02-17-2009 05:48 AM

Thanks for posting this and thanks for the info and sites. I got three Yankee’s for Christmas this year and will be ordering a couple of these items to be able to put them to good use.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 05:42 PM

The Yankee screwdriver is a very handy tool. It can reach into some tight spaces that a cordless drill and a regular screwdriver can’t.

Along with vintage Stanley/Bailey hand planes, the Yankee screwdriver is another item to keep on the lookout for when at antique stores, garage sales, and flea markets.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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