From time to time, readers ask us interesting questions that we like to share. In this case reader Becky has got her hands on an old drill press — which is cool in and of itself — but this one’s got the name “Thor” written on it, which always makes something more interesting. Becky took the time to send us a few snapshots and some observations.
This drill stand looks to be made by the Independent Pneumatic Company, the manufacturer’s plate lists Chicago. The plate also reads “Thor No. DSUD, mod.# 759,ser.# 208803”. The plate is on the inside of the top of the cap. On the bottom cross brace it reads “Ind. pneu. tool.” This is hard to see from the pictures. The top cross brace reads “Thor” and “UDA”. Thor is written in script.
I have also taken some measurements: the post is 1-1/4″ OD and 30″ tall, press lever is 23-7/8″ from end to center point of connecting joint, bottom plate is 9″ OD and 1-1/4″ thick. The drill attached to it is another quest. It is an old Black and Decker 1/2 horse, type BB, 110 volt, 4 amp, 475 RPM and serial # 29391.
I found out from an engineer at Chicago Pneumatic that “Ind. Pneu Tool” is out of business and that there was Thor Power Tool Co. up until the 1980’s. This drill stand was my grandfather’s and handed down to us when my father passed away in Feb.
On a personal note, I’d love to see if it fires up and still works, but that’s beside the point. What we’re looking for here is a bit more info on this bruiser — if anyone has the low-down on “Thor” or can help fill out what Becky’s actually got here, please let us know in comments.