North Brothers “Yankee” No.1430

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An extremely light weight compact hand drill, the No.1430 is ideally suited to delicate tasks where manoeuvrability is of benefit.

Unlike many other manufactures of compact hand drills the North Brothers didn’t hold back on the features for their small drills features, it has a 2-pinion mechanism and bit storage handle; things usually reserved for larger tools. This means its not his excels with delicate work, but can handle itself doing the job of a standard hand drill as well.

North Brothers "Yankee" No.1430

North Brothers "Yankee" No.1430


  • Weight: 500g
  • Length: 275mm
  • Drive Wheel Diameter: 78mm
  • Chuck Type: Protected Spring
  • Chuck Capacity: 8mm
  • Chuck External Diameter: 25mm
  • Frame: Iron
  • Handle(s): Hardwood
  • Mechanism: 2-Pinion
  • Special Features: bit storage handle (opened by unscrewing the knurled collet behind the rear pinion)

Model Information

  • Dated: Known to be in catalogs 1926 – 1931
  • Production Period: Known to be in catalogs 1926 – 1931
  • Patent: Unknown
  • Made by: North Brothers, Philadelphia, USA

North Brothers "Yankee" No.1430 (dismantled)

Notes: Unfortunately as with most North Brothers drills, the gear casting was poor… as such always triple check for missing gear teeth or other damage, many examples will have such issues (on this one the hole that the screw that holds the crank on to the drive gear is worn, so the screw cannot be done up tight).






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