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Millers Falls No.3 (dismantled) | by Rhyolith
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Millers Falls No.3 (dismantled)

A refined small drill with a smooth mechanism, comparable to a compact Millers Falls No.1. It has an arguably better bit storage handle that won't come undone like the wooden threaded version of the No.1. However its un-equalised single pinion mechanism does not load up well, with the drill struggling to handle larger bits.


It is most suited to delicate and precise jobs where compactness and control are important over capacity. The added benefit of having a side handle coupled with being able to completely remove the main handle allows for extremely compact means of holding the tool.




Weight: 600g

Length: 290mm

Crank Wheel Diameter: 81mm

Chuck Type: McCoy’s Springless

Chuck Capacity: 5mm

Chuck External Diameter: 28mm

Frame: Steel

Handle(s): Hardwood

Mechanism: 1-Pinion

Special Features: Bit Storage Handle


Model Information


Dated: 1915 - 1921

Production Period: 1905 - 1933

Patent: unknown

Made by: Millers Falls Co., Massachusetts, USA


Notes: The handle removal system is pretty unique. You have to first loosen a knurled collet (seen on the main frame of the drill above) and that push in a clip (which the collet was clamping so it could not move). Tts a much better system than in most Millers Falls drills serving both to allow easy removal of the handle and a large bit storage compartment.

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Taken on July 20, 2016