Millers Falls Breast Drill Question

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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 08-25-2019 11:58 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2019 11:58 PM

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Here’s another question for the group while I’m on a roll. I have a Millers Falls 12-A breast drill as in the top illustration:

I bought it, and a attendant canvas roll of bits, from someone who was cleaning out the house of the original owner. The question is, the breast/shoulder pad both show a lot of well worn dark green paint, which has been there a LONG time. Has anyone else run across this color on a Millers Falls drill, or was this something the original owner may have done to mark it as his?

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#1 posted 08-26-2019 12:18 AM

I only have a few Miller Falls tools in my shop. The only MF breast drill is a model 120B. Original paint is red on both sides of the drive gear and black on the frame and breast plate. Not sure if that’s any help…
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#2 posted 08-26-2019 02:23 AM

The answer is “Yes, this is original paint”. After quite a bit of searching, found two identical breast drills, both bearing well worn dark green paint on the gear wheel and pad. (All bear the “Patented Jan 21st 1890” inscription) for sale on line. Additionally ran across at least one more on YouTube, so at four for four, it seems pretty safe to say this is original paint.

BTW, Also found out that Stanley used a lighter green paint on some of it’s “Sweetheart” breast drills, just so y’all know this information. No one wants to paint over it, thinking it’s a wrong color repaint….. 8^)

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#3 posted 08-26-2019 02:31 AM

I found one in a junque shop that was green. Looked all original to me. It might have been a Goodell Pratt.

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