Millers Falls No.2 Eggbeater
Drill Type Study
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Type A, updated February 2, 2009.
we are, at the pinnacle of eggbeater drill development, the Type
frame is die-cast pot metal, not malleable iron any more, yet sports
same (actually thinner in places) dimensions as the iron frame of the
types. The Star chuck is gone (even though that fine feature was
long after the original Star chuck patent had run out) and now the
chuck is the "modern" generic variety whose jaws so easily
get messed up. The logo on the crank has
what vestiges of design remained in the Type post-E's logo. This
no jaws at all, which is why the late Chuck Zitur all but gave it to me.
contrast to all principles of collecting (not just the collecting of
this is the nearly the most sought-after of all the No.2 drills that
Falls made, only eclipsed by the original, wrap around frame No.
it's the shiny lacquer that brings 'em in. That's OK. It saves
I love from the ravages of inflation.
I've been recently asked to make a set of chuck springs for a drill like this, and I couldn't find a good set of instructions on the Internet, so I made a webpage with appropriate instructions right here.
What follow below are:
1. Some history about the manufacturer of the Type A;
2. A selection of various incarnations of the Type A; and
3. The Best of The Line: the military issue version.
|Steve Brackett has done some on-site research on the company that made these drills:||
Business Daily, October 6, 1998
||COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY ISSUE OF OCTOBER 6,1998 PSA#2195
GSA, FSS, Tools & Appliances Center (6FES), 1500 E. Bannister Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131
51 -- AWL, SCRATCH POC Howard L. Innis, 816-926-7587 CNT GS-06F-J0013 AMT $67,825 LINE Line item 1 DTD 110198 TO Echo Industries, Inc., Sogard Division., 61 E. River Street., Orange MA 01364 Posted 10/02/98 (W-SN257915). (0275)
Echo Industries Celebrates Division’s 100th AnniversaryEcho Industries, Inc. has announced the centennial anniversary of its Adell Metalforming Division, located in Orange, MA. Founded by John Adell in 1903, the division continuously has developed its deep-drawn metalforming capability, increasing that capability today by using the latest multi-cylinder hydraulic presses, according to company officials. Echo purchased Adell in 1997.
|ECHO Industries, Inc. - Metal Forming & Deep Draw Solutions||
|GSA - Federal
Supply Service: R.I.P.
|PRE-INVITATION NOTICE/MARKET-SURVEY (December 20, 2002)||
Standing Price Quote
(expired March 30, 2005)
5110-00-293-3411 - Drill, Hand
|Here is a
selection of the various Type A drills that I have in my
They are all patterned after the two-pinion version of the Millers Falls No. 2 eggbeater drill.
three main chuck types represented above. The one at
extreme left among the three illustrated has the same spindle thread as
the earlier Millers Falls No. 2 drills, but the two at right have a
smaller thread, meaning that the two types at right will not screw onto
the earlier Sogard and Millers Falls spindles. All these chucks
have the generic three-jaw, three spring arrangement first patented by
Goodell-Pratt in 1895; their springs are not protected from damage by a
carelessly inserted bit or by pinching when the jaws are completely
closed. They do have spanner holes for easier repair ...
At extreme left is the handle that is on all the cranks in the lineup.
The next three handles are closeups of the smaller size of side handle used at various times. The left-most one is held on with a carriage bolt. The middle one of these is molded plastic. The two at right are painted wood.
|The two handles at left
apparently represent an attempt to make this drill function like a
breast drill. They are shown approximately full size. Note
that the side handle's atttchment screw (a carriage bolt) runs through
the entire length
of the handle, making it quite strong. The crank handle's axle is
just riveted to the crank, however.
|The Best of the Type A
line: The military issue No.2 drill