Anyway, it has some sort of Buck Rogers influence on it, enclosed gears train, uses of the grey color on the body and some sort of hard red plastic for both handle and knob.
That's about where all resemblances end...
It sport a Multi-craft chuck, made in Sheffied in Jolly old England, and it has the name Steadfast cast on the gear cover
Jacobs Multi-Craft chuck
MF Buck Rogers No 104, used as inspiration?
That handrill has a definite late 50s early 60s style to my eyes.
The gear action is rough and it sound like the gears are skipping?
The knob at the end of the crank handle is not rotating.
The chuck operate smoothly and is obviously liberally covered in oil.
Now lets see what make this thing tick and if we can improve on its operation
Upon closer inspection, the handle bits are not plastic, but some hardwood paint with a thick red coating
The gear train is bathing in a thick grease which is oozing a oily substance all over the chuck.
Both gear trains operated smoothly, as you would expect in such a grease.
So why the jerky movement with the handle?
All three gears surfaces does not exhibits any signs of wear or miss mashed gears.
Once put back together the crank rotated but not the chuck?? HUH???
That's when noticed that the chuck gear shaft moves in and out, and depending where it is located, the chuck engage or not. You would think, its best when pulled out near the outside casing, but no, it only seems to engaged while push in a bit. Of course when you do drill, it would push on that gear train ...
Must be some sort of clip missing to secure that drive gear. The other end, the main gear does not have this play. But having everything covered in that thick grease, kinds of obscured everything. Will have to clean her out and inspect closer.
A messy job, I don't feel like this AM so later...
The handle unscrews, and there is a female thread to accept a side handle (MIA as in most handrill found)
The removed handle screws in so I know the size of the threads required.
I doubt very much it was ever used as such, but it does illustrated that a side handle is missing. I'm sure it is a lot smaller...
Although similar to my Millers-Falls Buck Roger No 104 drill, in size and shape, this drill is not as well balanced in the hand, feeling more heavy, and no where as smooth operation. Still I'm intrigued and will have to investigate further.
In the meantime, if anyone has any info on this company or this drill, please let me know
Bob, going to his "drill" when a new tool entered my man cave...