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i don't know much about it but i like it alot.  clean it up, mount it and have fun with it.  your dad might of grown up playing with it. i have the canedy otto post drill that my fatherinlaw and my wife grew up playing with hanging in my shop.  it is a treat to drill holes with.  if you can't find bits for it you can put a jacobs chuck.

just did a quick look and the oct. 26 1895 scientific america has an add for one.  they call it a drilling machine.  cant see the price.  there are couple others for sale on craigs list.

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Hi Matto thanks for the response. What search on Craig's list did you use to find them? Yes I have to get it cleaned up and start using it. I never had heard of a Jacobs Chuck will have to research that where do you find them. I have not looked yet so probably should will do that tonight. Thanks again Chris 

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Chris look it over closely for a data plate it should have a patent # on it or it might be part of the casting. A jacob's chuck is what you find on a drill motor or drill press to hold the bits. Not the new self locking chucks the old kind that require a key to tighten.

You might want to call a tool supply or industrial hardware. If they don't have one they'll tell you who does.

Frosty The Lucky.

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 Chris, i just searched wells brothers little giant #4 post drill,  a couple of craigs list sales came up and the old ad.  you should be able to get a jacobs chuck at a hardware store or anywhere that sells drills and drill presses.  

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  • 7 years later...

Welcome aboard splinter fingers, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you'll have a chance to hook up with members within visiting distance.

As a general rule when someone opens a post the subject line is gone, I had to go back twice to remind myself you're talking about a post drill. We also need details to provide detailed answers or suggestions. Even without knowing much or anything about a thing, pictures show what's there and lots of members may know it by sight rather than name, numbers, etc.

Depending on what kind of post drill you have it could be a real benefit to a wood worker, it's basically a large powerful hand crank drill you can feel exactly what the bit is doing. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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  I looked for a patent on this drill and could find nothing.  One of the brothers had a few patents for taps, dies and other things but nothing on the drill itself.  I used every name associated with them but, nothing.  I wonder if companies sold rights to use their ideas and designs.  I did find an old sales catalog but it did not list their drills by number.  I like a challenge and may keep looking.  Here's a wheel attachment I found interesting.  No shop would be complete without one.....

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