Last updated: 12 January 2016
Millers Falls "eggbeater" hand drills have always been highly regarded for their durability, excellent design and fine workmanship.
There is not much to say about the design and function of the No. 94 hand drill: it is as plain and simple as it gets. Single speed, single pinion, no ratchet, without a provision to store drill bits in the handle and with a basic three jaw 1/4" capacity chuck. Despite its "plain Jane" configuration it has a classic look that really appeals to me.
The No. 94 hand drill was a child of the Great Depression - it was only produced from 1927 until 1936 - priced economically and available in all hardware stores. This type of hand drill was particularly favored by apprentices due to their low cost and universal availability.
All of the examples I have owned or encountered are stamped on the crank as shown above - some of the later production drills may bear the "Greenfield Mass." stamping. The main handle and crank handle knob are mahogany lacquer stained tropical hard wood. The exposed metal surfaces are nickel plated and the main gear wheel is finished in red enamel paint.