Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
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.