Millers Falls No.2 Eggbeater Drill Type Study
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Type L0
Updated September 18, 2007

Millers Falls No.2 eggbeater drill Type L0

Here's the first stage of the Type L model of the No.2 drill.

The hollow main handle is lined, just like the handles of the
smaller Type 1, No.1 & No.3, Millers Falls eggbeater drills.

Compare to the longer handle of the Type L2.

The patent date on the chuck is still August 14, 1877.

The crank handle underwent an evolution from the Type L0 to the Type L2.
The two drills seen here have fastening styles that span the Type L0 - Type L2 range.

Maybe the frames did, too. None of the Type L series handled thrust very well.

Note that the main gears have smooth faces, typical of all the early No.1, No.2 & No.3 drills made by Millers Falls.

The two drills seen on this webpage are the earliest examples of the open-framed No.2 drill that came with the no-springs, two-jaw chuck on their threaded spindles.  The earlier Type M drills had no chucks as delivered, and instead used a tapered socket to hold the bits or accessory chucks.  The Type M drills also had the short handles intended for the short, straight-flute bits that had uniform body diameters, with the working ends of the bits swaged down to different diameters.

Mug shot of Ted Sodt's No.2 TypeL0 drill Lined main handle of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill
Frame of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill
Top of the crank knob of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill
Side view of the crank knob of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill
Riveted bottom of the crank pin of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill
Ted Sodt found this second, slightly later example and generously sent me his pictures of it for publication here.

The wood is gorgeous.

On closer examination, the crank knob is fastened like the Type L's, seen on another page: the machined pin passes through the knob and is simply peened on the bottom to keep it in place.

Chuck of Ted Sodt's No.2 Type L drill