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North Brothers "Yankee" No.1430 | by Rhyolith
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North Brothers "Yankee" No.1430

An extremely light weight compact hand drill, the No.1430 is ideally suited to delicate tasks where manoeuvrability is of benefit.


Unlike many other manufactures of compact hand drills the North Brothers "Yankee" didn't hold back on the features for their small drills features, it has a 2-pinion mechanism and bit storage handle; things usually reserved for larger tools. This means its not his excels with delicate work, but can handle itself doing the job of a standard hand drill as well.




Weight: 500g

Length: 275mm

Crank Wheel Diameter: 78mm

Chuck Type: Protected Spring

Chuck Capacity: 8mm

Chuck External Diameter: 25mm

Frame: Iron

Handle(s): Hardwood

Mechanism: 2-Pinion

Special Features: bit storage handle (opened by unscrewing the knurled collet behind the rear pinion)


Model Information


Dated: Known to be in catalogs 1926 - 1931

Production Period: Known to be in catalogs 1926 - 1931

Patent: Unknown

Made by: North Brothers, Philadelphia, USA


Notes: Unfortunately as with most North Brothers drills, the gear casting was poor... as such always triple check for missing gear teeth or other damage, many examples will have such issues (on this one the hole that the screw that holds the crank on is worn so the screw cannot be done up tight).


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Taken on June 22, 2016