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Posted on Using antique post drill or handcrank drill press

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#1 posted 11-18-2018 01:08 AM

I believe post drills were self-feeding. Looks like the one on Ebay requires you to turn the top wheel to advance the drill. The gear ratio for spinning the bit looks a lot like the egg-beater drill I used as a kid. Which is why I like electric drills. It will spin the bit fast, but it won’t have much torque. I drilled a lot of holes that way. It was agony in metal.

I can’t answer your questions about using modern drills. Depends on the chuck design.

I’ll bet the old timers on here remember the ubiquitous 1/4” electric drills of yore. Those little chucks were severely constricting. You could get larger sizes with turned down shanks, but the quality was poor, and the shank was easy to bend. If you bent one, it was almost impossible to straighten it out enough to be usable. I don’t miss those days at all.

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