Does anyone know anything about Flott eggbeater-style hand drills? Someone is selling one local to me, but there’s barely anything on the internet about them. Before I make the drive to look at it, I was hoping to find out if they have a reputation for being decent quality users (like Miller Falls) or if they should be avoided like the plague.
It looks like the eggbeater on the left here:
sorry no help from me either i do have a hand drill that is very much like the one pictured but i have to move my drill/driver out of the way to get to it so it never happens sorry, its a pity our fact finder is having a break from the site otherwise he’d find something about it
Flott is a German drill making company in business since 1854. http://www.flott.de. Everything I can find about them (in English, limited) on the interwebs says quality. It looks good in the pictures. If the chuck works well and the price is right… these hand drills are nifty tools, I have a few of them, various vintages. Handy for pilot holes, etc. when the battery dies on my other cordless drill.
Thank you all for your replies. Very much appreciated.
@fbjoey how come? 🙂 Could you please say a bit more about your Flott eggbeater? Could it be perhaps that you just don’t like the eggbeater style (I know lots of folks simply don’t like them)?
My current power drill is pretty much dead (batteries are toast). It is an older Dewalt 9.6v non-Lithium. I like a compact drill.
My biggest gripe about today’s consumer cordless drills is a wobbly chuck. My Dewalt wobbled like mad but I put up with it. I’ve been researching Amazon’s reviews on different compact models and apparently the wobbly chuck is an issue regardless of brand or price.
Don’t laugh 🙂 , but for smaller stuff (under 1/4″) I’ve been getting really good mileage out of THIS:
I paid like 7 USD for one at my local art supply store. I don’t think its precision for smaller stuff can be matched. It spins true (no wobble) and smooth. There is significant play along the axial direction but it really doesn’t affect precision. Plus I think you can shim most of it out, I just haven’t tried to yet. Worth owning one for sure.
So I was hoping to find a good eggbeater that will fit up to 3/8″ shaft size, and that would have more torque and weight over the Fiskar. I’d like to get a Miller Falls #2 or a 5, but I’m not so sure about buying these drills off Ebay anymore. I already got burned once. I bought one described as useable when it was an extremely worn out, rickety lump of coal. I concluded that I’d have to actually hold one in my hands before buying another. But there’s little chance of that happening where I live.
The search continues, I suppose! But let’s face it, that’s part of the fun.
I just don’t like the movement. But I think really they are used for very different things. You can’t really force yourself against a egg beater style like you can a brace but you don’t need to. I guess a brace is really for heavy work and an egg beater for lighter stuff. But I much prefer my electric drill, I use makita and have never had any problem with the chuck. It’s still precise and on only use it for light work. I have an old plug in wolf and a brace for heavy work.
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