Goodell-Pratt Yankee Style Spiral Push Drill w/7 Bits
This is a nice clean Spiral push drill marked "Goodell - Pratt Co. Company Made in Greenfield Mass. U.S.A." . It features 8 compartments on an rotary index in the handle that have a total of 7 different sized drills in them (from 1/16"-11/64"). The holes on the side of the handle are the same sizes as the various drill sizes that were offered to fit this push drill (so you can match the right size drill to the appropiate compament as you put each one in the handle). Of the 7 different sizes of drills included with this push drill, all in very good used condition, some appear unused. The push drill is quite nice with about 98% of the nickel plating intact, a few very minor scratches, none effect the smooth spring loaded movement or use of this tool. Basically much like the North Brothers Yankee push drill in size and function. The main difference between the two, is the chuck style. This one has a 4 fluted type chuck that require a special bit shank style (different than the Yankee drill points). The bits are + shaped, so that the bit grooves fit in-between the jaw teeth, hence the drill won't turn. This system work fine, and holds drills well, but to my knowledge, the bits haven't been manufactured since the 1960's by another company, as Goodell Pratt was not in business after 1931 to my understanding. The other difference is the way the drill bit store in the handle. The bits can be hard to get out of the hole that is provided for them, particularly on the largest two. Some tapping against a soft surface is sometimes required after the rotary cap is opened to the desired size storage hole. The bits can only be removed one at a time. To use: insert your choice of drills in the collet type chuck, place drill end on centerline, choose plane by adjusting the shaft angle of alignment, and simply push the handle end which caused the drill to turn as you push. Stop pushing and the spring pushes the handle to the original position, push again as needed to the desired depth. This is a super nice clean tool! Goodell-Pratt was purchase by Millers Falls in 1931, so this tool was made from about 1900-1931. A Nice clean tool!