Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146

by Dan Andrews
(Chaumont NY)

Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146

Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146

Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146 Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146 Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146 Buffalo Forge Post Drill No. 146

A friend had this drill mounted on a wall in his garage. He has owned that garage for 30+ years, and the drill was there when he bought the property. I had been admiring it and offering to buy it for about a year when he finally said I could have it for free!


It was very dirty and greasy when I got it so I disassembled it and cleaned it all up. The grease had protected the black cast iron parts that still have their original finish. The parts I have painted red were originaly black but rusty. I couldn't resist adding a splash of color. I gave the wooden handles several cotes of varnish and lubed all the moving and meshing parts. It works perfectly, and I use it frequently. It is the only manual tool I have that will drive my modern forstner bits.

I emailed a note and picture to the manufacturer asking its age. They said it was circa 1900. This old gem is my most prized antique tool.

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