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Forum topic by Poplarguy posted 10-21-2018 12:58 AM 768 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2018 12:58 AM

I stopped at this gentleman’s house to purchase a Wilton vise and he had a ton of old hand drills which I know nothing about so I passed on them. I bought the vise and a few other items, talked about old tools for a (long) while, and I left. Later he called me back wanting to know if I would purchase everything he had for $100.

I love old tools, but don’t know anything about these old hand braces. Are any of these worth collecting or should I just pass on the lot?

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#1 posted 10-21-2018 01:24 AM

In the last picture, there are two breast drills. The top one is a North Bros, 1555 I believe. If it is in good shape, that one drill is worth about half of what he is asking for all of it. If you go to buy the rest, look at that North bros drill real close to make sure there are no broken teeth on the gears. Some nice tools there but I don’t see collectible items other than possibly the North bros drill.

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#2 posted 10-21-2018 01:40 AM

Ditto on the Yankee North Bros. Best drill I own

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#3 posted 10-21-2018 01:47 AM

+1 with BlasterStumps on the breast drill. I see a small red bench anvil that is probably a Columbian. Goes for $40 by itself. Also a small jeweler’s vise, if it’s Stanley, another $40. Two planes… Make, condition? If good users, $15 each… If Stanley’s, twice that…
Pic 2 has a Perfect Handle screw driver… Quite desirable… Lots of goodies there… Are you near KY? Need help carrying it home? ;-)

Regards, the old KY toolsmith

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#4 posted 10-21-2018 02:22 AM

Thanks guys, that’s the info I was looking for. Whatever did we do before the internet?!

I’ll take a closer look at all the drills to see about condition and gears.

The planes… neither were Stanleys. One was Millers Falls, and the other was unmarked but looked like a Stanley. Both needed some pretty good TLC.

Another pic of what’s included. Some cool stuff in there, some of which I know a bit about, some of which I know nothing, but being they are old – and tools – they interest me.

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#5 posted 10-21-2018 02:26 AM

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#6 posted 10-21-2018 02:27 AM

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#7 posted 10-21-2018 03:21 AM

Do it!

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#8 posted 10-21-2018 04:12 AM

The bit and braces we’re nice tools, either drilling long holes or using it to drive fastners.

Looking into boat building and lots of reading, some parts of a build require some of the old tools. I’ll have to scourer flea markets to see if I can find any.

Good luck on your purchase, sounds like a good deal to me.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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