A "fad" concerning a durable item which remained in continuous production
for 108 years. From their introduction by North Brothers in 1899 in the US until 2007
when production was finally closed down in the UK.
They were always much cheaper and easier to produce, than electrically powered tools.
Which is why they especially came into their own, where there was abundant labour
available but insufficient tooling as in wartime production in WW2.
They've probably always found a use in places around the world with abundant labour
available and but low capital investment. Not specifically Yankees but locally
produced tools of similar design.
We're arguing in circles as before the advent of powered screwdrivers with
torque clutches, for the average user at least there was no quicker way
of driving screws.
On 23/05/2017 15:53, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
They were used on site by chippies for many years after the first
battery drills arrived. Mainly due to the lack of run time as chippies
needed to put in thousands of screws but they were also somewhat faster
than early cordless drills and could do longer screws as they had more
I don't expect you to agree as you are the expert in everything.
On Monday, 22 May 2017 15:51:29 UTC+1, michael adams wrote:
enough so you
some degree of
Lol. You're an amusing idiot. You've never even tried to do it, yet you ima
gine you know more than those of us that have done it. You think screwdrivi
ng bits didn't exist when they did. Yankee screwdriver bits came to England
in large numbers in the 40s. I used cheap wood handled screwdrivers at fir
st, just take the handle off, then moved over to hex bits. You think you kn
ow where we're coming from despite having never bothered to spend the time
on this newsgroup to find out. You're too stupid to know you're stupid.
Oh, and back then you could buy way more hazardous things in shops. Few peo
ple cared. Conc acids, explosives, lawn darts, bowl heaters, no end of chem
icals, a very long list of stuff.
There are 3 types of moron that visit this group. The first hasn't got a cl
ue and knows it, and can learn some. The 2nd type is like Rod & Dr Evil, th
ink they know it all but are lost some place. Then there are the ones like
you. You're too stupid to figure out even quite basic things, and absolutel
y convinced that everyone else must be every bit as stupid as you are. No d
emonstration ever penetrates that layer of idiocy and wakes you up. I'm gra
teful not to share your mindset.
Whereas you consider yourself oh so clever.
So much more clever than all those stupid people, who on your own admission
above, have been using Yankee screwdrivers since the 1940's.
If you're deliberately setting out to make yourself look stupid, it must be admitted
that you're doing a pretty good job of it.
I found for large difficult screws, the B&D was actually usable. (the
speed is not that much more than my 18V Makita flat out in low gear)
I put it in low gear and took one of the bits from my impact driver (not
the modern equivalent - but the thing you clomp with a hammer).
It had limitations (i.e. no reverse or variable speed for starters), but
would stick a screw in.
You see that one, second from the left on the top:
That's the actual bit I used in my 2 speed B&D drill when sticking some
3" screws into masonry for some hefty speaker brackets in the late 80s.
Not a technique I would use on delicate stuff, but on large screws it
was quite viable. You use much the same control as you do with a modern
impact driver - i.e. let go of the trigger when the screw in in far
enough. (or tighten the last bit by hand if you don't want to risk over
Not to TNP to whom that response was directed. Who in a previous
post claimed to be unfamiliar with the application of the term
I never suggested that NT didn't have access to Yankee bits
- he actually owned yankee screwdrivers - only that his insistance
Driving such bits using a power drill was superior to
using a Yankee pump action screwdriver for the same job.
Thereby implying that all the thousands of people who'd
been satisfactorily using Yankee Screwdrivers for that
very function for years, were somehow stupid or deficient.
Whereas the fault more likely lay in NTs inability to gain
proficiency in using a Yankee screwdriver.
It really is that simple.
It can't compare with using a Yankee for the same job
for the reasons given. That's the point. The need for potentially
two tool operations. A drill and a possibly a hand screwdriver
to finish off. An option I've recognised right from the
off. I'm not talking one or two screws here, but between
say one or two hundred screws in boarding out a loft; as
I quoted in my first post on this topic.
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