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Old 07-20-2019, 04:45 PM   #41
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Hertz Hound's link to a photo of the spiral screwdriver brought a rush of nostalgia, as a kid I would sometimes help my uncle installing hardware using a push drill to make a pilot hole then the spiral screwdriver to drive home a slotted screw.
I remember the 50s Bell System installer amount of 42A terminal block using the same pre-battery automatic tools.
They were pretty good tell your screwdriver blade slipped off the slotted screw and damaged the customers wall. I think I’ll dig one out and play with it though stick to battery-powered tools on the jobsite.

Ever since I posted that I had the urge to go back to mom's and dig through my fathers workbench in the basement. He made all our furniture, even though he was an accountant. Even made the kitchen cabinets that are still there. My sister still sets up the Christmas train set at her house every year, with all the scratch built houses. His work shop is the way he left it back in the early 70's when he passed away. I was 5. I have a couple of his tools in my wood shop. I would never bring them to work. I don't know what I would do if I lost one.



Then I started to think about just buying one on ebay. I'm sure after using it a few times, I would realize why we all use battery tools today. I remember my mom using the smaller Yankee all the time. It had drill bits in the handle. Anytime she needed to use a drill, that's what she would use.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:02 PM   #42
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Ever since I posted that I had the urge to go back to mom's and dig through my fathers workbench in the basement. He made all our furniture, even though he was an accountant. Even made the kitchen cabinets that are still there. My sister still sets up the Christmas train set at her house every year, with all the scratch built houses. His work shop is the way he left it back in the early 70's when he passed away. I was 5. I have a couple of his tools in my wood shop. I would never bring them to work. I don't know what I would do if I lost one.



Then I started to think about just buying one on ebay. I'm sure after using it a few times, I would realize why we all use battery tools today. I remember my mom using the smaller Yankee all the time. It had drill bits in the handle. Anytime she needed to use a drill, that's what she would use.
When I started doing Alarm work in the 70s we used the Yankee Push Drill for all sorts of things as it was a lot handier than getting the corded Milwaukee going for a few small holes.
You could get pretty good with it too and I was slow to embrace the Makita Cordless when they arrived for sure but after a short trial it was tough to deny the usefulness of the Makita for sure!

Honestly the Gyro Dewalt is the same sort of thing for me and I can not imagine anyone seriously suggesting otherwise if not even working with one first?

Really if you don't like it after giving it an honest shot first that is one thing but to decide based on trying it in a tore and then throw in your general dislike of the brand and call it a day it is all your loss but to those of us who do find it useful every day on the job I imagine the tool will not be leaving anyones pouch too soon.
If it is not broken I am sure not about to fix it.

The 7.2 volt Dewalt is great too but really too slow for anything but driving and also is too big for me now that I have the Gyro which seems so much more compact among it superior feature set that I have learned to count on.

I used one of Milwaukee little red screwdrivers too for a long time because they were the only game in town for a long time in the beginning but that thing was terrible and though the current version seems to have modern batteries I doubt I will try one again based on my past experience with them.
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Ever since I posted that I had the urge to go back to mom's and dig through my fathers workbench in the basement. He made all our furniture, even though he was an accountant. Even made the kitchen cabinets that are still there. My sister still sets up the Christmas train set at her house every year, with all the scratch built houses. His work shop is the way he left it back in the early 70's when he passed away. I was 5. I have a couple of his tools in my wood shop. I would never bring them to work. I don't know what I would do if I lost one.



Then I started to think about just buying one on ebay. I'm sure after using it a few times, I would realize why we all use battery tools today. I remember my mom using the smaller Yankee all the time. It had drill bits in the handle. Anytime she needed to use a drill, that's what she would use.

I have some of my GreatGrandfather's tools I use in my home shop. They all have a very sentimental value, he came here from Scotland in the early 1900s and most of his tools are marked Germany.
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I am a big fan of the yankee driver, I used one quite a bit up until just a couple years ago, but I never did get the hang of driving slotted screws with them.

They make one now with a chuck for 1/4" hex shank bits.

I love the idea of that, is it a Stanley?
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Stanley sold the rights to the Yankee name to a German company that still makes them today. Schröder.
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I love the idea of that, is it a Stanley?
According to Garrett Wade Stanley no longer makes one but they sell one that's made in Germany

https://www.garrettwade.com/improved...rivers-gp.html

The price has gone WAY up since I bought it

Drop some hints, maybe you'll get it for Christmas
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When I started doing Alarm work in the 70s we used the Yankee Push Drill for all sorts of things as it was a lot handier than getting the corded Milwaukee going for a few small holes.
You could get pretty good with it too and I was slow to embrace the Makita Cordless when they arrived for sure but after a short trial it was tough to deny the usefulness of the Makita for sure!

Honestly the Gyro Dewalt is the same sort of thing for me and I can not imagine anyone seriously suggesting otherwise if not even working with one first?

Really if you don't like it after giving it an honest shot first that is one thing but to decide based on trying it in a tore and then throw in your general dislike of the brand and call it a day it is all your loss but to those of us who do find it useful every day on the job I imagine the tool will not be leaving anyones pouch too soon.
If it is not broken I am sure not about to fix it.

The 7.2 volt Dewalt is great too but really too slow for anything but driving and also is too big for me now that I have the Gyro which seems so much more compact among it superior feature set that I have learned to count on.

I used one of Milwaukee little red screwdrivers too for a long time because they were the only game in town for a long time in the beginning but that thing was terrible and though the current version seems to have modern batteries I doubt I will try one again based on my past experience with them.

Let me school you on something brother. First off I've been using tools since the early 1960s, secondly I have very large hands. If I don't like the feel of something the first time it's in my hand it isn't going to change at any time in the future.

I pick and choose the tools I like best for me and tend not to brand shop. I have several cordless DeWalt tools I won't get rid of. But I also have Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, and Dremel. I use whatever brand fits my needs best and that little toy doesn't have a place in what I do or need.
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Let me school you on something brother. First off I've been using tools since the early 1960s, secondly I have very large hands. If I don't like the feel of something the first time it's in my hand it isn't going to change at any time in the future.



I pick and choose the tools I like best for me and tend not to brand shop. I have several cordless DeWalt tools I won't get rid of. But I also have Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, and Dremel. I use whatever brand fits my needs best and that little toy doesn't have a place in what I do or need.


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I was really into woodworking for a hobby for a long time. Sometimes I would talk myself out of buying the big fancy shop tool, saying to myself, "Its not like they didn't make fine furniture before power tools". I have no time to get out to the garage anymore.



I did buy the parts needed for my prototype "jersey Bender" that's going to make me millions some day!!! The first will be a wood version. then maybe aluminum.
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More nostalgia and it’s all Hertz Hound fault with that screwdriver photo.


When I was a kid my buddies & I would bike to new subdivision watch the track houses being built, this was before OSHA and the need for securing our job sites from vandalism. We as kids would watch the carpenter’s electrician’s plumbers and other tradesmen working and had enough sense to stay out of the way and ask just a few questions. I think that was very influential part of my career path. Regardless of the quality of the YouTube video or a program on PBS there’s nothing like learning hands-on from a pro.

I still have a pair of lineman’s pliers my mentor gave me and like Hertz Hound I wouldn’t take them to the job site either.
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According to Garrett Wade Stanley no longer makes one but they sell one that's made in Germany

https://www.garrettwade.com/improved...rivers-gp.html

The price has gone WAY up since I bought it

Drop some hints, maybe you'll get it for Christmas
Thanks for the link.

If I can wait until Christmas!
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More nostalgia and it’s all Hertz Hound fault with that screwdriver photo.


When I was a kid my buddies & I would bike to new subdivision watch the track houses being built, this was before OSHA and the need for securing our job sites from vandalism. We as kids would watch the carpenter’s electrician’s plumbers and other tradesmen working and had enough sense to stay out of the way and ask just a few questions. I think that was very influential part of my career path. Regardless of the quality of the YouTube video or a program on PBS there’s nothing like learning hands-on from a pro.

I still have a pair of lineman’s pliers my mentor gave me and like Hertz Hound I wouldn’t take them to the job site either.

My Uncle Mac would pick me up as a little kid and take me out for coffee then to the supply house to buy the tools I needed for the day and then take me to the job. On top of that he'd pay me at the end of the day, that influenced my career greatly. My other Uncles didn't pay you as a kid they just bought you lunch.

I still have every tool he ever bought me stored away.
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