Tool treasure.

I think this is the most loved tool of my collection. It belonged to my grandfather Stan Hodgson (Pop), and possibly his father James. It was painted red by Pop, this was his most excellent method of retaining tools.

This ‘brace and bit’ has no makers mark, but plenty of other marks from years of thorough use. It operates very smoothly allowing for control with power. Surely the utopian tool wields precise force?

What is the best use of a ‘brace and bit’ in today’s world? Power driving long screws or screws made of soft metals (brass or bronze) or old screws with dodgy heads. You will revel in the leverage and control this provides.

About paulatkins

I own a 3rd generation family businss printing for lovers of photography. My favourite hobby is building and sailing wooden boats.
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2 Responses to Tool treasure.

  1. Good tools are hard to come by. Especially ones that always work. Your red drill/screw driver looks like a great one. i figure that you can keep the downward pressure on the bit head and therefore get good traction on the screw without having it slip. The power drill and screw drivers that they make these days take off too quick and most of the time will strip or break off the head of a screw too quick. Our papa’s and grandpa’s really knew how to build a good tool!

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