Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right-Angle Drill (2nd Generation)
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right-Angle Drill (2nd generation) is a gas drilling machine manufactured by Milwaukee Tool Company from 1894 until it was discontinued in 1919. Its design was based on the original Milwaukee M1 Drill which had been introduced in 1884. It was designed to produce horizontal drilling holes at high speeds, with the ability to drill through solid rock and other hard materials.
It used a right-angle crank handle, similar to those found on the hand drills. A small lever mechanism allowed the operator to control how fast or slowly the drill would turn. The machine could reach speeds up to 3 miles per hour (4 km/h).
It was powered by a pair of overhead electric motors, which were connected to a chain drive system. The drill head itself consisted of two metal cylinders, each containing several rotating blades. Each blade had its own motor and was attached to the drill’s handle via a chain.
In order to increase speed, the user could manually push one of the blades forward or backward while turning the crank handle. This type of drilling mechanism was similar to that of a traditional egg beater. The user could also control the direction and speed at which the bit would spin.
Later models included an emergency shut-off button, known as a dead man’s switch, located on the handle. This would stop the chain and blades from moving should the user lose grip of the right-angle crank handle
This machine was used for many different jobs and materials, including metal, wood, masonry, and stone. It was commonly used to drill holes in the roofs of mines in order to remove water and debris.
It was superseded by the Milwaukee M18 Super Hawg Right-Angle Drill. This later model evolved into modern right-angle drills that are used for a wide variety of jobs, both industrial and domestic.
The development of the right-angle drill
The right-angle drill is a tool that consists of an electric motor and drill bit at a 90 degree angle. It was designed by a British engineer named George Frank for the United States Illuminating Company in London. It was first used in the company’s new underground station.
The drill was given the name “Noisy” because it was very powerful and could be harmful to anyone that used it.
The right-angle drill had two major benefits. First, it allowed the miner to work without needing to hold a large drill rod.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Plumbing a House (P Hemp – 1998 – books.google.com)