I recently found (and bought) a small, neat pillar drill:
Following careful observation I note:
* The tightening bolts are 3/8" whitworth
* The pillar is 2 cm diameter, 45 cm length
The base casting is marked "800" and "2B"
* The gear assembly casting is marked "800" and "2A"
The movable rest is marked "800"
* The main drive wheel is marked "800"
The handle crank is stamped "foreign"
* The handle is covered in transparent plastic of some kind.
the crank is removeable, and the drive wheel 'V' grooved for a belt
* the bearings are plain (not ball)
the machining and finish are rather nice
I think (from web searching) the "foreign" means that it was imported, probably
from continental Europe between 1900-1930.
I'm guessing in this case "continental Europe" would be Germany or Switzerland.
It's so small and neat, I'm guessing it's somewhere in the realm of model
engineering, toolroom. horology or jewellery.
So - can anyone identify this tool?
BugBear (who used it do drill a 1mm hole to repair a tap holder on Sunday)