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Millers Falls # 216 Two Speed, Self Advancing, Hand Crank Drill Press

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Just finished a preliminary cleaning and oiling. Can't wait to build a plug with this.......

 

Each time you hear a click in the videos it's lowering the bit by a small amount. You can see the actuating arm in the close up in the second video. 
The dial can be adjusted to a faster drop for wood or a slow drop for metal, or disengaged for full manual raising and lowering.

Very cool old tool !

 

 

 

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Very cool. Love seeing and using quality tools from the past. Usually found discarded and deemed useless, but often better than their modern counterparts. Looks like you found a nice spot for it as well :)

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7 hours ago, rrocco said:

Very cool. Love seeing and using quality tools from the past. Usually found discarded and deemed useless, but often better than their modern counterparts.

Looks like you found a nice spot for it as well :)

With the exception of a Porter Cable top drum/belt sander and a Ryobi bench top band saw (both of which I want to replace) every tool in the shop including hand tools, is at least pre-1970

 

That catalog page is from the 1920's.  

 

I wish it was just discarded!!  I paid top (but realistic) dollar to get this, but finding these in unworn fully working condition is pretty rare.  The part that lowers the bit is usually completely worn out in one of two spots. It's super important to keep them properly oiled, and just like fishing reels, people so often do not.

The ball bearings are of the loose type (like on some older Mitchell reels) if you aren't expecting it you'll lose some as they go bouncing all over the #*$^% place, as you're taking it apart (Killed a sweet little Mitchell learning that)

 

This one didn't need any dis-assembly at all and shows very little wear, which is why I was willing to pay at the higher end of the scale for it

($200 not counting the Globe - Los Angeles vise that I already had, which fits perfectly in the time frame)

 

And no, that didn't last very long there :p

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