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So a couple of months back, you may recall this Craftsman combo square followed me home...working on it a bit here, bit there, finally got it presentable... About the only place not heavily rusted was where the head had sat for decades.... Before it all went into the Evap-O-Rust tank. I had hit the worst of the scale with a slow speed brass wheel. Heavy rusting and pitting on the head surfaces Ta-da...sorry for the poor lighting; discoloration (rust looking) is the reflection off my rust red t-shirt. A lot of lapping on my sharpening plate first with 100g, 220g, 320g, 400g, wet or dry...all was done dry. The head is cast steel The pitting here also is present on the face side; not sure but might have partially been a casting flaw/blow-out when cast. It cleaned up pretty nice...wish I had some machinist greying to coat the surface While i was at it I finished cleaning this one too. You might recall what it originally looked like (one with red zip tie) holding the square head made in Taiwan...turns out the blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls). I added the bottom head; no name or markings but seemed appropriate for this blade. Thanks for looking...last one out please turn off the lights.
...from this years' Covered Bridge Festival...I was rummaging through a box of stuff sitting on a table when out of the shadows of one corner of the tent a voice called out "everything in that box is one dollar." Not much in tools in that box or the tent for that matter but I spied this in the dollar box... Craftsman #4216 push drill with (3) bits. Has the same Millers-Falls style chuck. While there is no actual number on this drill, inter-web searches list it as a #4216. I haven't nailed down if this was made for Sears by Dunlap or Millers-Falls. both made push drills for Sears-Craftsman. while the handle is not red tenite, it looks and SMELLS identical to the M-F red tenite handle; has the same sort of "oxidation" too. Spent time with a plastic scraper on the handle removing the build-up, then green Scotch-Brite on both the aluminum and the handle then off to the buffer with appropriate compounds. I chose not to dis-assemble at this time since I had all the others in various states of re-conditioning, Polished up pretty nice. I suspect the plunger spring may have a couple of broken coils since the lower shaft will drop into the barrel when inverted. However it seems to function OK w/o any noise, just weak. Someday, I'll disassemble and take a look. Dremel brush to the bits then brush-on Johnson's Wax. It does bear some resemblance to the "Buck Rogers" and has similar features. When the latch is held back, the handle rotates to dispense a bit at one of eight locations. You can feel a slight detent. anyways, not bad for a buck and of course, I didn't have one like this either...Thanks for looking. BTW, push drill summer hunt/ refurb season is pretty much over. I have several in the queue from past picks and who knows what the winter hunt season may yield.
Ok, so this year at the Covered Bridge Festival yielded a new vendor. Somehow he convinced me to abandon my self-imposed ban not to exceed $5 for a push drill purchase unless it was a pristine, mint, all bits model...Well this one met most, OK some, alright, resembled that criteria...I was unsupervised while there and was debating to purchase a $5 Lemon Shake-up...cost avoidance on the Shake-up provided cash flow for this... A Craftsman (no model number nor has my inter-web searches yield a model number for this one) Push drill with the (3) bits shown by the handle. It uses Stanley-Yankee style bits versus the Goodell-Pratt/Miller Falls style. I also bought a near full set of Stanley bits, although th 1/16" is slightly bent. Total as shown was $13...I offered $10 and he said "OK"....so technically the drill did not exceed my personal limit of $5...I have yet to establish a max limit on bits. Very similar to the Millers-Falls #100 "Buck Rogers"; In fact the same person designed both. Disassembly was much easier and more logical than the M-F. The wooden plunger in this one is turned from white oak versus the maple in the M-F 100. Again cleaned it with acetone, Scotch-Brite and 4 coats of Johnson's. Dremel work on the rest. The turret cap is not Tenite on this one but still had some of that odor. It was faded from UV or ??? exposure. Some time at the buffer with various compounds brought it back to life. I chose not to attempt to remove the body from the see-through magazine. It appears was pressed to the aluminum body during initial assembly. The body is some type of aluminum alloy and has a good deal of heft to it. Much heavier than any of my other push drills. I decided to keep the natural patina on the handle too. there was some rust staining in the magazine windows,; I used some Simple Green and automotive window cleaner (non-ammonia) with a nylon brush and was able to remove most. White grease on all the moving parts and back together. As mentioned, very similar to the Millers-Falls #100. Actually, I like the feel and bit storage delivery design better on the Craftsman. Both are keepers... Tuned up and ready for it's new home too. Modified my storage container design some. Thanks for looking.