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GooDell Pratt Company ToolSmiths GreenField Massachussetts USA 1896

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Posted 4 years ago


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I have a drill driver I believe it is. .. took a while to clean it out until I was able to uncover the engraving on it.

is this anything special ?

Since I do a lot of arts and crafts and am always in need of a drill for random stuff my husband just surprised me with a brand new drill of my own ( I guess he got tired of me going to his truck borrowing his tools ) he got me a DeWalt XRP Series 18V I think is phenomenal the contrast between the old and the new, what ya guys think... I read about the GooDell brothers and after they became the Pratt Company ToolSmith just very interesting stuff.


Mystery Solved


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    This type of drill was for larger bits, you placed the flat top piece against your chest for extra pressure.
  2. rural_charms rural_charms, 4 years ago
    I was able to find out that this is a GOODELL PRATT NO. 5 1/2B HAND AND BREAST DRILL, Pat. Mar 31, 1896 stamped on the crank handle. Two speeds (3.83 to 1, and 1.33 to 1) changed by turning the shifter knob. Three-jaw chuck will hold round bits from 0 to 3/8 inches. Length is 14 1/2 inches, G+

    Apparently market value/goes for very little.

    Thank you.
  3. David, 4 years ago
    Your mystery is solved then, as for value it is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It is a wonderful old hand tool, I have never seen a two speed hand drill, it would have been perfect for drilling large bore holes in wood with an expandable spade bit.
  4. rural_charms rural_charms, 4 years ago
    Thank you.

    It is a beautiful old drill. I am lucky to be able to enjoy it and preserve it.

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