A brief history of hand drills


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#3

My Yankee Handyman drill is perhaps the most loved tool in my box.

That sounds vaguely dirty, somehow…

But srsly, it’s the best.


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“Drawer Number 04”: the ‘Passer Drill’ just caught my eye recently.

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Warning: Slightly Boring


#5

Brace and bit is the way to go in hand drills (well probably only for wood).


#6

I have a Craftsman push drill much like the one shown. I can testify that it’s ideal for pilot holes and small holes in general, not least because it only takes one hand to operate, unlike a hand-cranked drill.

As a bonus, it fits in my “general household tools” box, which my Milwaukee cordless certainly won’t.


#7

Hand drilling was the standard for years and is still quite common in equipping rock climbing routes with anchors. No fancy gears though, just a bit holder, a hammer drill bit, and your hammer. All while perched tens to thousands of feet off the ground. Whack, turn, repeat till you have a 1/2" hole a few inches deep in the rock face before you. Then you can install a bolt, clip in, and relax.


#8

The craftsmanship involved in making some of these drills is superb.


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That’s the model I have as well, I inherited it from my late aunt, so it’s gotta be at least 30 years old, and it still works fine.


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My father owns one of those. I’ve always lusted after it, but it appears I’ll have to pry it out of his cold dead hands…someday.
On a lighter note, this is the same tool that Harry Tuttle used in the movie “Brazil”. I have proof!


That’s it in the foreground, slightly out of focus. I recognize the swivel-chuck there on the end.


#11

Love my Yankee Drills! Work like champs and never run out of battery life.


#12

A very handy tool indeed.


#13

Oh. Hand DRILLS.


#14

De Niro must have had a ton of fun doing his scenes!


#15

We’re all in it together, kid!


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