Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
   An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Phone:  203-740-8140

Breast Drill

This tool has two speed settings and a level.  It was used to drill holes in wood, metal, and masonry.  The breast drill is a larger version of the hand drill with the addition of a curved saddle shaped plate fitted to the top of the frame.  By leaning on the breast plate while turning the crank the farmer could exert a lot of force against the material.


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