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    I have found push drills very convenient for drilling pilot holes for screws etc. under the layout. But those made with a collet don't grip drills very well, particularly larger than 1/16".

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  • #2
    I found this push drill somewhere, can't recall if it was a 'tool table' at a show or on the web. It came with a flimsy 3-jaw keyless chuck - when I tightened it, the outer shell slipped on the base it was pressed onto. An hour doing web searches didn't reveal anything of obviously better quality, so:

    The thread the chuck mounted to appears to be something metric, but the outside diameter was within range for 5/16-24, which I have a die for. I'd been using a small Jacobs chuck inherited from another modeler as a pin vise and liking it, so I ordered a Jacobs 6204D ($77 via Amazon).

    Alas, the 5/16-24 die was working fine but the torque sheared the connection from the spiral shaft to the lower grip. I completed the thread and now I have a nicer pin vise (upper center). But if I could find another similar push drill, I'd put the threading torque on the 'barring' hole visible between the grip and the chuck. Anyone recognize the original drill?


    • #3
      Garrett Wade Classic is a good Push Drill. Saw one on Amazon, 'bout 90 bucks, but has some of the highest reviews. It stores the bits in the drill handle.
      Tony Burgess

      Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.~ Brian Greene


      • #4
        I suppose the limited choice of hole diameters would be OK if I was exclusively drilling pilot holes.


        • #5
          Looks like direct might be a better deal.

          Take the red pill