Pictured above is my very own “YANKEE” No. 41 (from North Bros. Mfg. Co. in Philadelphia, PA) that I got many (many) years ago from my dad. I have no idea how old it is. My dad may have gotten it from my grandfather, but I can no longer ask either one of them. Soon after I got it, I broke one of the bits, but was able to stop into my friendly local hardware store and pick up a set of replacements — those were the good ol’ days. It’s an oldie but a goodie that I still like to use. In fact, I recently broke — well, kind of bent it (see above picture) — a bit, and found that replacement bits are now somewhat harder to find and getting expensive as they’re often classified as antiques or collector’s items. Fortunately, a bit of web searching turned up a possible solution: a shank adapter complete with bits.
It’s available for $32 (plus $3 shipping). Another alternative is the $20 set of eight spare bits from Garrett Wade’s push drill that, they say, “should” fit an old Stanley push drill.
What do you think? Should I modify the old classic so it can use standard bits, or should I try the spare bits from Garrett Wade?
Garrett Wade [Website]