There were three models of two speed hand drill from Millers Falls, they were
the Model No 98, 980 and 981
The differences being in the handle
The other two speed models introduced in the MF line up came from Goodell-Pratt.
Flat top handle like a No 2
Same but bulbous handle
Same as No 980 but first model that came with twist drill bits
Handle shown is a different vintage variation
Notice the addition of a third idler gear (1917).
The 2 above illustrated, only had 2 gears (1913-1916)
Came with a detachable breast plate
Drawings above from oldtoolheaven site
Later on they introduced a ratchet feature . Adding a 1 in front of the models Nos turned them into the ratcheting models No 198 (1913-1922), No 1980 (1914-1944), No 1981 (1914-1917)
My model is the No 1980
MF No 1980 ratchet hand drill.
Probably the smoothest running hand drill I ever picked up.
And there are three set of gears meshing 1921-1944
Millers Falls, Mass address 1914-1930
Driving wheel red 1915-1944
The patent No 1,063,984 was submitted Feb 26 1912 and awarded 10 June 1913
It covers both the ratchet and the speed selector (Fast/Slow)
Patent show a slider for switching speed, actual production models
had a bulbous twist knurled sleeve instead
These two sets of gears are always engaged.
The two speed selector is the knurled cylinder in the middle.
Pins within determined which gear would be driving the drilling shaft
The ratchet selector feature
Pull, turn, reengage down.
The plate under has square holes, and the spring loaded shifter pin has a square edge on one side,
a bevel on the other. Depending on orientation it ratchet or not
Pretty simple ratchet mechanism
Handle is bent
There are no front wiper to keep gear engaged (meshed)
Replaced by the addition of a 3rd gear, idler
Handle is fixed, non removable
and has no hollow storage.
3 points chuck operate and align just fine
Ryther's chuck 1922-1944
0-3/8 inch capacity
Side handle is present
The speed selector is currently stuck, but I'm working on it
I don't really want to take it apart, but will If I have too
See inside the mechanism Model shown is No 980, without the ratchet feature (which would made it No 1980)
Finally here is a size comparison
As a rule hand drills are usually less than 15 inches.
At 15-3/4 the No 1980 fall in between a hand drill and a Breast drill
From Top - Bottom
MF No 1 10-1/2 in
MF No 5 12-7/8 in
MF No 2 14-1/2 in
MF No 1980 15-3/4 in
MF No 012 Breast drill 17-1/2 in
He said he had another I may be interested in, came back the next day, he shown me a MF No 012 breast drill, I already have 2 so I passed :-)
Bought a screwdriver instead Moore & Wright ratcheting screwdriver
Bob, where the picking is getting slim...