Buying the No. 5 hand grill was a
disappointing experience for me several
times. The major problem I find in
these drills is a main gear. It was
broken quite often and several times the
drills in that condition
landed in my shop.
Here is an example.
A large chip in the rim. I
remember buying this drill and being a bit
nonchalant with viewing pictures displayed
on eBay. I remember thinking - I have
seen enough drills to know what I am buying.
Not so fast...
I can't explain how this happened that I didn't
see this chip... I guess I was not looking carefully
enough. I realized that I need to talk about these kinds of
problems on this site, so I cleaned the gear to take a few
After cleaning I examined the gear more
carefully and realized the chipped rim is not the only issue
here. There are two more cracks that I didn't see at
first glance. Here they are:
The blow this drill received must have been
strong. It most likely happened when the drill fell from
the bench on the hard floor, or was accidentally dropped by the
user. Here are a few detailed pictures of the cracks on
This one was really difficult to see. Only
very close inspection uncovered it.
This crack already had some oil and gunk in it
and I found it easily. Obviously, this gear is not usable
and it will go into a drawer with other parts that are not good
Just a few weeks ago I received a drill for
restoration from one of my customers. It has a similar
problem but I have to repair it. I will talk about it next
Watch what you buy!