An A.H. Reid drill/driver

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An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby CJRyan » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:29 am

Last night a friend was asking about all the old molding planes I had, when I was looking in the tool chest I acquired about twenty years ago, I came across this.

It was interesting enough to model and I believe it does fall into the "woodworking" category.

A H REID drill(croped).jpg

A H REID drill for SUK.pdf


The lower top handle rotates free-floats from the top one. I can't think of one reason why. Does anyone here have a suggestion why?

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/5ccf7558-70d8-4565-8293-9d8666d3b2a1/A-H-Reid-drill
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby Dave R » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:33 am

Nice. Do both of the wooden parts at the end spin freely?
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby tuna1957 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:45 am

Cool ! :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby Box » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:54 am

Hold the bottom one and push down on the top one to make the point spin.

Edit: I misread that, thought you were asking why the bottom one moved.
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby CJRyan » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:44 am

@DaveR, the top knob is attached to the outer shaft and creates the rotation of the inner spiral shaft, the bottom "grip" has a bushing and does freely rotate. The secondary knob on the top freely rotates also, that's the one I wonder what its purpose was for.
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby Dave R » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:02 pm

Was thinking about your screwdriver. The only reason I can think that the collar with the cove might be free spinning is if you needed to drive a screw where you couldn't reach the collar near the bit. You could hold the upper collar with one hand and push with the other.

Tried looking up some info on it. Found a patent from around 1882. I think that's older than my Yankee screw drivers.
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby CJRyan » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:28 pm

Okay, I got the solution! After adding some lubricant to the coved upper knob it allows the outer shaft to spin on the upstroke, letting the bit stay in whatever you were driving.
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Re: An A.H. Reid drill/driver

Postby Dave R » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:32 pm

Ah.... Very good.
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