Electric And Magnetic Drills - A Short History

By: SteelMax

Tools have been around longer than human beings have. The name of one of our earliest ancestor species, Homo habilis, refers entirely to that species' ability to use tools. And in 1917, yet another revolution in manufacturing and technical ability kept the next generation of tools viable for the next century, and certainly beyond: electric and magnetic drills.

Drills are an ancient concept: the earliest form of the drill was probably used to generate fire through friction. The concept is simple: using torsion, force a thin rod downward and through a material, creating a hole. The ability to do this is fundamental to most early and modern construction projects, and greatly increased the ability of builders to create detail work on their projects, as well as to attach building components to one another in useful ways.

Because drills are all about torsion, early drills took up a great deal of space. Bow drills, for example, literally involved lashing a bowed piece of wood to the drill to allow the user to get the amount of leverage they needed to force the drill bit through the material being drilled. By the nineteenth century, drills had become much more sophisticated, with hand drills typically made out of metal bent to form a large leverage-granting handle, and with power drills usually extremely non-portable "workbench" affairs run by steam and vast networks of mechanical gears and belts.

All of that changed in 1917 when Black Decker released their prototype electric power drill. You may not have seen the 1917 model, but you've certainly seen one of the many derivative electric drills that in the years since 1917 have swarmed the globe from companies like Hougen and SteelMax. Black Decker contributed the basic design--the pistol-grip attachment and the trigger--and the world of power tool manufacturer ran with it brilliantly.

It's the portability of the modern electric drill as imagined by Black Decker in 1917 that makes it such a "killer app" for any repair project at any scale. Previous drilling projects required either the use of a large work area or the ability to maneuver bulky hand drills into sometimes tight situations. With the power drill, workers could easily take their equipment directly to the location of the repair with minimal fuss. The ability to create detail work on construction projects and other metalworking increased exponentially overnight, all thanks to a tiny handheld machine with a carbide tip.

One of the most recent (and most welcome) innovations in the world of powered drills is the idea of the portable magnetic drill. A mag drill is exactly identical to a regular electric drill, with the exception of a magnetic grip to fit different drill bits. This allows the drill to become even more specialized, and makes it easy to quickly substitute in different bits for different job needs without the added time of removing the old bits with a wrench or some similarly cumbersome process.

The history of the world is the history of technological progress--and with the advent of electrical and magnetic drills, history since 1917 has been looking up.

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Author bio:- SteelMax offers affordable, high-performance tools matched with equally impressive customer service. Tools such as mag drills and cutters, metal cutting blades, protable magnetic drills and cut off saws offer quality results quickly and safely. Premium quality saws, blades, drills, cutters and customer service have earned Steelmax a reputation of exceeding expectations.

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