Yankee Drills

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north brothers yankee hand drill

I enjoy collecting a few old vintage and antique tools. The Yankee drill is one of my favorite antique drills. I can remember when I was a child my dad had one of these and I loved using it. All of these are the No 41, which was one of the most popular Yankee hand drills every made. These are hard to find in our area but all of these I found at garage sales.

north brothers yankee drill

As you can see they are in fairly good shape. What’s great about these is that all three of them still have all of their bits.

Yankee hand drill bits

All three boxes still had the original paper listing all the Yankee Tools that were available at that time.

yankee drill wax paper insert

You can read more about the history of the Yankee style push drills here.

If you have a Yankee drill or collect them, let me know.  If you have any for sale, I might be interested.

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Millers Falls Hand Drills

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millers falls and goodall pratt hand drills

Over the years I have picked up a few old and antique tools at garage sales. I really like hand drills made by Millers Falls and Goodall Pratt hand drills, these are the best hand drills ever made. I do have a few made by other manufacturers like Red Head, Craftsman, etc. but they are not the same quality. Goodall Pratt and Millers Falls hand drills are the best hand drill that were ever made and collectors love to find them, especially if they are in good shape.

antique goodall pratt hand drill

Goodall Pratt Hand Drill

All of the hand drills I have are all in working order and I occasionally use them on projects. Most of them have a little rust but like I said they all work fine so I have not bothered to remove the rust, it does add character. Many of the Millers Falls wooden handles have a hidden compartment for storing the drill bits in the handle.

millers falls 5A hand drill

Millers Falls 5A Hand Drill

The 5A was introduced in 1957.

millers falls No 85 hand drill

Millers Falls No 77A Hand Drill

The no 77A was introduced in 1948.

millers falls No 980 hand drill

Millers Falls No 980 Hand Drill

The No 980 is a two-speed hand drill that was introduced in 1913.

millers falls and goodall pratt hand drills

If you are interested in reading more about Millers Falls hand drills, here are a few resources.

http://oldtoolheaven.com/hand_drills/drill1.htm

http://www.georgesbasement.com/mfno2typestudy/mfno2types.html

http://www.georgesbasement.com/gearwprs/oldno104.htm

http://oldtoolheaven.com/related/goodell-pratt-hand-drills.htm

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