Millers Falls 771 12” Bit Brace

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Forum topic by Gard1128 posted 08-25-2019 05:47 PM 513 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2019 05:47 PM

So I recently acquired a Millers Falls 771 12” bit brace. It looks great overall but the head is incredibly difficult to spin. To the point that it’s unusable as a tool. I’ve removed the three screws from the base and cannot for the life of me get the head off. I’ve tried rotating it both directions to loosen it off but it won’t budge. I’m concerned it’s been glued on or something. Any advice?

Edit: I managed to get it off. It wasn’t actually glued but had somehow “bonded” itself to the metal base. Looks like something may have seeped in at some point on that side. Anyways. I’ve signed up for this site now so I suppose I’ll stick around.

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#1 posted 08-25-2019 06:08 PM

welcome to LJs Gard1128!

The above thread is awesome for braces.

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#2 posted 08-25-2019 06:27 PM

Nice heavy brace Gard1128. The 12” are good to have. Makes drilling with larger bits a bit easier.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#3 posted 08-25-2019 07:54 PM

Thanks for the link.

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#4 posted 08-25-2019 11:53 PM

I was given a brace a couple of years ago which had a head that wouldn’t spin either. I clamped it in a small metal vise and soaked it with 3-IN-1 oil, once a day for three days. She came loose and now spins like a top.

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#5 posted 08-26-2019 01:25 AM

It’s amazing what a bit of fine sawdust, old oil, and just a bit of rust can do to a moving part. There are probably as many fixes for this as members here. I use this. Really low impact, I wash it off with MS, after a few days the petro smell is gone.

I know a guy who does antiques for a living, he has numerous 5 gallon pails mostly full of Kerosene. Low flash point, yet very potent cleaner, if dunked, sunk, and left for a day or 3. He does wood, metal, everything. Usually a 3 day turn around, and stuff comes out clean, and ready for use. Remove, and wash off with Mineral Spirits. Once out for a few days, no notable odor. People laugh. Google it.

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