I was googling to try and find bits for an old Stanley Yankee driver I
have and came across this article.
The picture doesn't show his face so it can't be MY Norm using a tool
that doesn't plug in.
There's a whole "neanderthal" section in the Norm's Tools section of
I'd be willing to wager he's used more Japanese saws than 90% of the
people here: ryoba, dozuki, and kugihiki.
Although indeed he hasn't used a spokeshave, he has used a drawknife,
an inshave, a block plane, a bench plane, and a rabetting plane, and
some nice Sorby bench chisels in addition to the carpenter's butt
chisels he's used.
And he has used a card scraper at least once. Also he has used paint
scrapers (albeit for the pedestrian task of cleaning up glue lines)
and shave hooks.
And, he's used a Yankee screwdriver--three times!
Thanks. For those interested Garret Wade still sells the 'original'
What I still can't find are the X drill bits for this driver. I
recently pulled this thing out of the drawer and sprayed a little
lithium on it and tried it out. I love it! If you have never tried
one of these drivers you should. It fits where a cordless can't and
gives you a lot of control. Very easy to use and the one drill bit I
have for it works almost as fast as the cordless. I may get another to
replace my ratcheting screwdriver.
I may also get one to modify for use with the newer 1/4" quick change
I have a push drill (i.e a yankee drill) that came with twist drill
bits. The ends that go in the chuck are quite different than a
standard twist bit, but the cutting part is just like any other twist
There's also the matter of force vs diameter vs stock hardness. With a
small twist bit in soft wood the Yankee will just screw the bit in, not
drill with it. The main benefit of the Yankee bits IMO is that they won't
screw into the wood.
I used to have a Yankee and a set of bits--walked off a long time ago
I have the chrome telephone repair man Yankee drill, and two sets of bits. I
use it frequently. I also have the Yankee screwdrivers with new bits . IIRC
the screwdriver bits came from either Lee Valley or Highland Hardware.
The drill bits are new old stock (Ebay) and they are fluted bits.
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