Over last few years I handled,
repaired, and restored dozens of No. 2-1938 and No. 2A-1957 drills.
It was always puzzling to me that the change from 1938 model to
1957 model appeared to be sudden and definite. Comparing
to other tool manufacturers of the era, there appear to be a
lack of transitional period.
Well, it took some luck and more investigating...
Meet the MF Hand Drill No. 2A Transitional
During last few years I bought many drills on eBay. Last
year one of the
listings was for No. 2A at a very low price and it captured my
attention. What I saw in the picture was not a No. 2A but standard
No. 2-1938 with handle from No. 2A. Since I needed 2A handles for
replacement, I decided to buy this drill for parts. The drill
arrived and I put it on the shelf for future needs.
The day arrived when I needed a handle for 2A and I reached for
a drill I bought at the beginning of the summer. I usually
take a few pictures of a drill before taking it apart and this
time the habit proved to be beneficial...
At a first glance the drill appears to look just like standard
No. 2 - 1938 edition,
produced sometime between 1938 and 1957.
Typical for that period, the main handle (head) is turned in
unknown hardwood, stained and lacquered.
Standard main gear, two pinions, and frame design.
Usual for 1938 edition and very good chuck, based on Ryther's
Machined and polished spindle housing, typical for 1938 edition.
And then this...
... staring in my face - "No. 2A"...