Breast Drills 118 through 200

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. 118

Millers Falls No. 118 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1913 — malleable iron frame; drive gear held in place by slotted screw; idler roll to equalize bearings; extendable crank; cocobolo handles; ball thrust bearing; level attached to frame; adjustable breast plate; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Frame painted black, drive gear green; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1914 — as above, but tropical hardwood handles.
  3. 1915 — as above, but stained hardwood handles.
  4. 1917 — as above, but double ball thrust bearings with take up in case of wear; breast plate painted black.
  5. 1921 — as above, but drive gear enameled red; decal on drive gear features triangular trademark.
  6. 1922 — as above, but Ryther's chuck.
  7. 1925 — as above, but spring release buttons allow speed change without removing drill from work.
  8. 1931 — as above, but trademark displays Greenfield, rather than Millers Falls location.

Optional D-type handle available 1913-1929. Formerly No. 18.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
17 1/2 inches 3:1 and 1:1 single pinion 1913 1957

No. 119A

Millers Falls No. 119A breast drill Two-speed breast drill

Rod-type frame; single release button allows speed change without removing drill from work; allows speed change without removing drill from work; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; Master chuck with Leland's universal jaws. Cast iron parts of frame, breast plate and crank handle painted black; drive gear red; unpainted metal parts are polished, rather than nickel plated.

Illustration from 1938 catalog. The company used an illustration of No. 120A, equipped with a three-jaw chuck, to illustrate this drill.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 1/4 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1938 1962

No. 120 (single pinion)

Millers Falls No. 120 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1927 — rod-type frame; spring release buttons allow speed change without removing drill from work; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; Ryther's chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Cast iron parts of frame, breast plate and crank painted black; drive gear painted red; other metal parts polished, rather than nickel plated.
  2. 1931 — as above, but trademark displays Greenfield, rather than Millers Falls location.

Continued by No. 120A.

Illustration from 1929 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
15 5/8 inches 3:1 and 1:1 single pinion 1927 1935

No. 120 (double pinion)

Millers Falls No. 120 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

Rod-type frame; single release button allows speed change without removing drill from work; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; three-jaw, spring type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Cast iron parts of frame, breast plate and crank handle painted black; drive gear red; unpainted metal parts are polished, rather than nickel plated.

Formerly No. 120B. Reason for re-numbering unclear.

Illustration from 1967 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
16 1/2 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1964 after 1981

No. 120A

Millers Falls No. 120A breast drill Two-speed breast drill

Rod-type frame; single release button allows speed change without removing drill from work; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; three-jaw, spring type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Cast iron parts of frame, breast plate and crank handle painted black; drive gear red; unpainted metal parts are polished, rather than nickel plated.

Formerly No. 120; features re-designed frame.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
16 1/2 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1935 1944

No. 120B

Millers Falls No. 120B breast drill Two-speed breast drill

Rod-type frame; single release button allows speed change without removing drill from work; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; adjustable breast plate; three-jaw, spring type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Cast iron parts of frame, breast plate and crank handle painted black; drive gear red; unpainted metal parts are polished, rather than nickel plated.

Formerly No. 120A. Reason for re-numbering unclear.

Illustration from 1955 catalog, where the company used an image of drill No. 120A.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
16 1/2 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion ca. 1948 1964

No. 130

Millers Falls No. 130 breast drill Single-speed breast drill

  1. 1905 — rod-type frame; ball bearings; six-inch drive gear; extendable crank; cocobolo handles; level attached to frame; adjustable breast plate; Parsons' spring-type chuck adjustable from 0 to 1/2 inch. Bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1912 — as above, but drive gear and underside of breast plate painted red.
  3. 1914 — as above, but tropical hardwood handles.
  4. 1917 — as above, but stained hardwood handles.

Optional D-type handle available 1905-1922. Identical to No. 13 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
15 inches 4 1/2:1 double pinion ca. 1905 1922

No.190

Millers Falls No. 190 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1905 — rod-type frame; 5 inch drive gear; loosening knurled nut allows speed change without removing drill from work; extendable crank; stained hardwood handles; ball thrust bearing; level attached to frame; adjustable breast plate; Barber Improved chuck with spring-type alligator jaws. Drive gear and breast plate painted red; bright parts are nickel plated.
  2. 1912 — as above, but breast plate painted black.
  3. 1915 — as above, but spring release buttons allow speed change without removing drill from work.

Optional D-type handle available 1905-1917. Identical to No. 19 except bright parts are nickel plated.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 inches 3:1 and 1:1 single pinion ca. 1905 1917

No. 191

Millers Falls No. 191 breast drill Two-speed breast drill

  1. 1914 — rod-type frame; loosening knurled nut allows speed change without removing drill from work; 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. Cast iron parts of frame and crank handle painted black; drive gear and breast plate painted gray with red trim.
  2. 1917 — as above, but spring release buttons allow speed change without removing drill from work; breast plate painted black; drive gear red.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1917. Identical to No. 019 except bright parts are nickel plated.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 inches 3:1 and 1:1 single pinion 1914 1917

No. 199

Millers Falls No. 199 breast drill Two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1914 — malleable iron frame; protected speed adjustment allows for speed change without removing drive gear from frame; ratchet controlled by small boss on crank handle; crank handle adjustable to two positions; 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.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1922.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Length Speed(s) Pinion(s) Start Date End Date
18 inches 3:1 and 1:1 double pinion 1914 1922

No. 199A

Millers Falls No. 199A breast drill Two-speed ratcheting breast drill

  1. 1914 — malleable iron frame; protected speed adjustment allows for speed change without removing drive gear from frame; ratchet controlled by small boss on crank handle; crank handle adjustable to two positions; 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. 199 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. 200

Millers Falls No. 200 breast drill Two-speed ratcheting 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; ratchet controlled by small boss on crank handle; crank handle adjustable to two positions; 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.

Optional D-type handle available 1914-1929. Identical to No. 199 except for chuck.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

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