The Ancient and the Badass: Old Milwaukee Drill
A guy we're working with right now busted this tool out the other day. The thing is solid metal and works like a mule. He said that he's never had to get it repaired (but there were a few years where the trigger acted a little funny) and he's consistently used it for as long as he's had it. This is the best part: he bought it new.....in the late 60s. So this thing is over 40 years old and it still churns on. Badass.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 26, 2011 6:15 AM
To imply that a modern Milwaukee or many of its competitor's tools will last as long as this one - is probably wishfull thinking. While some tools of this vintage did get retired from commercial use because they no longer complied with safety standards - or lacked features now expected from modern tools - others are just fine for the right application. I have Milwaukee, Rockwell-Porter Cable, Black & Decker and Skil tools of this 1970's and '80s vintage that are still in productive use. BTW as PutnamEco alludes to - they came with metal cases that took up less room and stored accessories to boot - not the cheap useless blow-molded that now pases for a case. And - for side handles my Skil double insulated D-handle and right angle drills have a side handel that attaches via a collar that grips the area just behind the chuck - like this Milwaukee. That design may be more costly - but is stronger than current side-handle designs
Re: Beautiful drill, but such a big motor with a D handle and no side handle is a bit hard on the wrist.
The Drill I have came equipped with a removable side handle, Clamped to the flat space on the front of the body just behind the chuck.
I have a Black and Decker that's very, very similar (I think the body is 1" shorter, but the chuck sticks out further), and probably about the same vintage. Beautiful drill, but such a big motor with a D handle and no side handle is a bit hard on the wrist.
Ah, they don't make them like they used to...that be good or bad. I have a few tools that predate me, but I am only 30 so it's not that hard.
I really like the design though, the lighting bolt is really cool.