Millers Falls Hand Drill - No. 5

millers falls hand drill 5
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Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Drills

Manufacturer: Millers Falls

Tool Type: Hand Drill

Model No: 5

The Millers Falls hand drill number 5 was one of the longest running and successful hand drills from the vast Millers Falls hand drill range.

The 5 has the distinctive Millers Falls patterned wheel design with five shaped spokes which resemble running legs.

The both sides of the inside of the wheel are finished in a bright red finish.

This drill was made with a hollow hardwood handle with a screw-on lid. There is also a small knob on the wheel which is also made from hardwood.

The hardwood used included a variety of dark exotic woods including rosewood, cocobolo and selected tropical hardwoods.

millers falls hand drill 5

The purpose of the hollow handle was to offer a handy place to store drill bits inside. The Millers Falls 5 drill originally came with 6 drill bits as standard.

The drill has a dual pinion / dual gear mechanism which is controlled by turning the winder arm.

The chuck on the Millers Falls 5 has a spingless three jaw mechanism within the chuck that is adjustable from 0 to 4.5mm (3/16 inch) on the earlier versions and 0 to 6mm (1/4 inch) from the mid 1920's.

The frame is finished in black with the bright parts being finished in nickel plate.

The overall length of the drill is 12 1/2 inch on the earleir versions and 12 7/8 inches from the end of the 1920's.


Manufactured Dates

1899 - 1957 ... 1964 - 1978

The reason for the gap in production was due to the Millers Falls 5A hand drill replacing this number 5 drill. Later in 1964 Millers Falls stopped production of the 5A and reverted back to this favoured number 5 drill.


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