Breast Drills 84 through 112

This listing has been developed from information found in Millers Falls catalogs. The features listed for each drill may differ from actual examples. While the company typically stressed new features in its catalogs, it seldom mentioned the disappearance of a feature or a feature that had become so commonly accepted that it was no longer noteworthy. Then too, production practices varied from catalog copy and illustrations were slow to be updated. By the latter 1960's, catalog copy had become so vague that a detailed description of features is not possible.

No. 84

Millers Falls No. 84 breast drill Continuous motion, single-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; ratchet mechanism allows continuous motion in either direction without regard to direction crank is rotated; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 94 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 inches 3:1 double pinion 1912 1917

No. 85

Millers Falls No. 85 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drive gear from frame; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 95 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1912 1922

No. 86

Millers Falls No. 86 breast drill Two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drill from work; adjustable ratchet; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 96 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1912 1922

No. 87

Millers Falls No. 87 breast drill Continuous motion, two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drive gear from frame; ratchet mechanism allows continuous motion in either direction without regard to direction crank is rotated; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.
  3. 1921 — as above, but breast plate no longer features knurled adjustment nut; decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.

Optional D-type handle available 1922-1929. Identical to No. 97 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 4 pinions 1912 1935

No. 94

Millers Falls No. 94 breast drill Continuous motion, single-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; ratchet mechanism allows continuous motion in either direction without regard to direction crank is rotated; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 84 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 1/2 inches 2 3/4:1 double pinion 1912 1917

No. 95

Millers Falls No. 95 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drive gear from frame; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 85 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 1/2 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1912 1922

No. 96

Millers Falls No. 96 breast drill Two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drive gear from frame; adjustable ratchet; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Identical to No. 86 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 1/2 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1912 1922

No. 97

Millers Falls No. 97 breast drill Continuous motion, two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1912 — malleable iron frame; adjuster knob allows speed change without removing drive gear from frame; ratchet mechanism allows continuous motion in either direction without regard to direction crank is rotated; crank handle adjustable to two positions; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing with take up in case of wear; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand and features knurled adjustment nut; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.
  3. 1921 — as above, but breast plate no longer features knurled adjustment nut; decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.
  4. 1922 — as above, but Ryther's chuck.
  5. 1931 — as above, but trademark displays Greenfield, rather than Millers Falls location.

Optional D-type handle available 1922-1929. Identical to No. 87 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 1/2 inches 2 3/4:1 and 1:1 4 pinions 1912 1944

No. 99

Millers Falls No. 99 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1914 — malleable iron frame; protected speed adjustment allows for speed change without removing drive gear from frame; gear speeds are 4:1 and 1 1/2:1; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.
  3. 1921 — as above, but decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.
  4. 1925 — as above, but gear speeds are 3:1 and 1:1.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1929.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 inches
  1. 4:1 and 1 1/2:1 (1914)
  2. 3:1 and 1:1 (1925)
double pinion 1914 1935

No. 99A

Millers Falls No. 99A breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1914 — malleable iron frame; protected speed adjustment allows for speed change without removing drive gear from frame; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Barber Improved chuck with spring-type alligator jaws. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1919. Identical to No. 99 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 1/2 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1914 1919

No. 100

Millers Falls No. 100 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1914 — malleable iron frame; protected speed adjustment allows for speed change without removing drive gear from frame; gear speeds are 4:1 and 1 1/2:1; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate contoured to fit hand; auxiliary breast plate can be clamped over regular breast plate for comfort during heavy work; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1915 — as above, but drive gear and breast plate painted red.
  3. 1921 — as above, but decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.
  4. 1922 — as above, but Ryther's chuck.
  5. 1925 — as above, but gear speeds are 3:1 and 1:1; crank is painted black.
  6. 1931 — as above, but trademark displays Greenfield, rather than Millers Falls location.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1929. Identical to No. 99 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 inches
  1. 4:1 and 1 1/2:1 (1914)
  2. 3:1 and 1:1 (1925)
double pinion 1914 1936

No. 112

Millers Falls No. 112 breast drill Single-speed breast drill

  1. 1915 — malleable iron frame; 4 inch drive gear held in place by slotted screw; stained hardwood handles; hardened steel washer as thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; Barber Improved chuck with spring-type alligator jaws. Frame painted dull black; drive gear and underside of breast plate painted red; crank with black oxidized finish; chuck is polished.
  2. 1921 — as above, but frame enameled black; decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.

Optional D-type handle available 1915-1929. Could be ordered with an octagonal shell 1915-1935. Designed for occasional, light work.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
15 inches 3 1/2:1 single pinion 1915 1935