Unusual Eggbeater
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I received a request from a fellow Woodnetter asking my assistance in obtaining an eggbeater that appeared on a local on-line auction. Since I do a lot of business with local on-line auctions, and he's hundreds of miles away, I agreed to do so. I won the auction, so LOML, our two dogs, and I left this afternoon to pick up the winnings.

I knew from the picture on the auction site that the drill was a little unusual, but it really became apparent when i viewed the drill. It's an eggbeater allright, 14 1/2" long, but it also has a breastplate.






An early one made by Millers Falls.






The chuck is in much better condition than appears in the picture.






It's a two speed also, selectable by the twist of the collar.






The handle is really intriguing on this drill - it can rotate and also be removed by loosening the collar that holds the handle on.














The handle is hollow to permit the storage of drill bits - quite a difference from other MF drills.






And the added breastplate is held on by only one screw.






Finally, there's a small mark on the side of the drive wheel - don't know if this is designed or a mistake made by a PO. I'll leave that to the recipient of this fine tool.






I think my friend is going to be one happy camper with this drill.


Richard
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  Re: Unusual Eggbeater by lilrichard2 (I received a request...)
According to the Old Tool Heaven web site, the No 981 was only made for four years -- 1913 to 1917 -- making it a fairly scarce drill.
Bob Page
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In da U.P. of Michigan
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  Re: Unusual Eggbeater by lilrichard2 (I received a request...)
That is a different one. I would bet your friend will be a happy camper too.
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  Re: Unusual Eggbeater by lilrichard2 (I received a request...)
Thanks for sharing. One correction, though. MF No. 2 drills, their most common, had hollow handles. I have one with a full set of bits. The cap of the handle is threaded and unscrews to reveal more bits. Same as the No. 1.
Still Learning,

Allan Hill
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  Re: Re: Unusual Eggbeater by AHill (Thanks for sharing. ...)
AHill said:


Thanks for sharing. One correction, though. MF No. 2 drills, their most common, had hollow handles. I have one with a full set of bits. The cap of the handle is threaded and unscrews to reveal more bits. Same as the No. 1.




You're correct in that the #2 has a hollow handle, but - the handle is not removed from the drill to view the cavity that holds the bits, whereas, on this one, the handle must be removed. That's the difference.

Richard
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