Beautiful German-Made Hand Drills

$ 26.8 49.95
Bestseller Beautiful German-Made Hand Drills
Using a low-tech hand drill for small jobs is often the most efficient way to work
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08C03.03 Mini Hand Drill

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08C03.04 Larger Hand Drill

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Small hand drills are easy to use but need to be of high quality and precise to be satisfactory. That's why we have gone to Germany for these. Both are 3-jaw single pinion drills made of steel (with wood handles and alloy driving wheel). The Mini Drill (weighs 9-1/2 oz.) is only 9" long with a 6mm chuck (bit shanks need to be less than 1/4"). The Large Drill (weighs 20 oz.) is 12" long with a 10mm chuck (will handle bits up to 3/8" shanks). Although the Large Drill will theoretically "do it all", there will be times you will find the smaller drill an absolute delight to use - so we really recommend it to you also.

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  • A Very Good Drill

    Edward Sierzenga, 10/8/2015 This small drill, I bought the smaller one of the two, is wonderful. Working on wooden ship models it is very useful to me. Power is not always the best choice for some jobs. It is a very well made tool with fine workmanship and smooth working gears. It is light weight and easy to but bit on drill spot, hold and then drill the hole. You can start out very slowly on speed turning the handle and thus the bit stays put. The very high quality of this drill makes you remember what good tools should look like, feel like,and work like. I love it and the cost was very small for the tool you will have.
  • Great Quality

    Dave B, 9/20/2015 I really enjoy the old tried and true methods of woodworking. This drill is a great addition to my collection.
  • Ms.

    Sheryl, 5/9/2015 I have purchased two hand drills. The smaller and larger. I had to return both due to the fact that the handles were scuffed. These drills were quite expensive, made in Germany, and I was disappointed that the black handles on both came with chips in the paint. I requested replacements but if they arrive chipped, I will return.
  • Frozen

    Patrick, 3/20/2015 The mini brace worked great for me for its dedicated job of drilling inlay holes for the fret markers on the side of a classical guitar fretboard, and then one day when it came off its storage shelf, the gears were frozen and would not turn without great effort. I am writing this as I sit down to order another from GW, in hopes that the first deep freeze was a fluke.
  • Hand Drill

    Jim Pond, 3/20/2015 Used on gun stocks and other wood projects that require something other than a powered drill. Works perfectly and gives better control.
  • Small Hand Drill

    Lonnie Kreiter, 11/16/2014 Nice smaller drill that seems to operate very smoothly and easy with no unevenness that I have seen on some larger models. Very smooth and quiet too.
  • Schroeder Makes Three Versions of These Hand Drills - All Excellent

    Steven, 11/6/2014 The two models of the Schroeder hand drill sold by Garrett are advertised as single pinion hand drills and in fact they are just that. They are meant for light to medium hand drilling in wood and light metals. I have them both and they work very well for their intended purpose. As always, using the correct and sharp drill bit is just as important as the drill itself for successful drilling. Schroeder does make a double pinion drill which uses the same cast drill body as the larger single pinion drill but it is still a very different drill meant for medium to heavier duty drilling. In addition to the double pinions the main crank wheel gear has a much heavier mass - it is heavier, more substantial to maintain rotation with less effort once it gets up to speed. Next, it has a much larger handle to support heavier drilling by providing for a full hand grip for crank wheel rotation. I also have this model. Again, it is excellent. The axiom of using the right tool for the job holds true. It sounds like a couple of reviewers are trying to use the lighter duty drills for heavier drilling or perhaps are using inappropriate drill bits. Paint on the main crank gear wheel is irrelevant. These wheels, after being cast, are milled for excellent meshing with the pinion gear, be it single or double pinion. These drills, all three models, are excellent and work extremely well when using sharp drill bits of the right type and for the type of drilling for which each model is made. The only lament I have is that Garrett does not sell the heavier duty double pinion model of this Schroeder hand drill family. However, it can be bought elsewhere. All three of these drill have a smooth rotational action, easy to turn, work great and I have been using them for quite some time and well pleased with their quality and function.
  • Schroeder Hand Drills

    Jarod Hillyard, 9/2/2014 I want to start off this review by mentioning that I purchased both of these German Hand Drills from Garrett Wade. When I received my first one, I knew I needed the larger one, too. They're just that well made. They ooze quality and have an ultra smooth action that can only be matched by antique versions of these tools that cost much more. As a traditional hand made knife maker, I drill thousands of holes a month and have no doubt this will be the only way I'll be doing it from now on. Pair these with a sharp set of bits, whether traditional fluted, regular, or Brad point bits, and you'll have a set of traditional tools that can't be beat. No more waiting for batteries to charge or run out on you half way way through the job. No more dealing with cumbersome extension cords to get tangled up in. These tools deliver exactly as promised. You can feel the quality with each rotation of the crank handle. Simple single pinion gearing ensures you won't feel the 'snagging' feeling that double pinion models can sometimes be notorious for. If you're looking for a safe, old-world, and convenient way of drilling spectacular and accurate holes in wood and other materials, look no further. Thanks Garrett Wade. This is the reason I always come back for all my tool needs.
  • Superb

    Gene Garrison, 6/23/2014 I have used for rugged work and fine modeling. They work every bit as well as more expensive ones.
  • Hand Drill

    Umberto, 6/8/2014 I purchased the small German made Hand Drill. Good quality item. Happy with his performance.
  • Great Quality

    Oliver, 5/14/2014 This tool is well-worth buying. Great precision , great quality. Perfect mechanism simple and durable , very easy to use :)
  • I own both of these Schroder eggbeater hand drills - 5 stars all the way!

    Steven, 3/16/2014 Whether drilling pilot holes or doing exact precision drilling in fine woods, both of these single pinion eggbeater hand drills will do the job well. They both work smoothly with no runout - they drill round holes. :-) For the larger drill Schroder does make a dual pinion model which is identical to the larger single pinion model but has the second pinion gear added. I also have the dual pinion model but so Garrett Wade doesn't carry it. When and if they do, it is also a 5 star drill. You can't go wrong with either of these two drills and with the two sizes they do complement each other. Also, the price is more than reasonable given the high quality.
  • Hand Drill

    Russell , 3/14/2014 Well worth the Money. This works great for woodworking.
  • Solid Handtool

    Marc R Keith, 2/19/2014 This is a well built hand drill. The chuck works well and is easy to operate when switching bits. The size is just right for small box construction. This is a quality product and for the price I would highly recommend it.
  • Craftsman

    Scott, 2/19/2014 I ordered the mini hand drill, and what a great purchase,it's light weight yet tough and I don't have to worry about extension cords and a bulky battery pack drill with battery's I have to wait on to do a job. I just grab my mini drill for those small jobs,and job done...ThankYou Garrett Wade what a great investment. Scott Glenfield NY
  • Replacement

    Kent Morrison, 12/18/2013 The hand drill is a gift to my 83 year old father-in-law. He has been looking to replace some of his tools that his father handed down to him and hurricane Ike took away. Most sought after by him was the hand drill. This precision tool has the craftsmanship he admired about his original. This tool will someday be given to his great grandson I'm sure.
  • Great

    Stan Carder, 11/30/2013 This hand drill is of high quality and will be a welcome tool to my son & son-in-laws tool chest.
  • Outstanding Hand Drill

    Daniel, 11/6/2013 This is a great drill for fine and precision wood work, especially where power drills are too brutal. The drill works effortlessly and even very well at an angle. I am very happy I purchased it because I have more control without the grain tear out.
  • Hand Drill

    Ron Bradford, 10/16/2013 I found exactly what I was looking for in the German made larger hand drill. Price was decent, shipping was prompt and my satisfaction level is a 5 out of 5
  • Hand Drills

    Jacquelyn Taylor-Boggs, 10/13/2013 My dad had a drill like this. Glad to find one. It is a great portable solution for hard to access areas and quick jobs. Sturdy construction.
  • Great Price for a Well Made Tool.

    Steve Tripp, 6/30/2013 I've had a few of the double pinion drills before and they seem to end up as single pinions. I've used the large drill regularly and after tightening up the top handle it's a great smooth working tool. The fit and finish are great.
  • Get this if you ever drill pilot holes

    Sue, 6/24/2013 I got this drill partly for nostalgia's sake, as I remember a very similar one on my Mom's tool kit. I got the smaller version because I'm more likely to use it for drilling small pilot holes. For anything larger I'd pull out the electric drill. For this purpose, it's almost perfect. It takes very small bits and makes a satisfying whirring sound. The handle is not quite as ergonomically designed as I'd like, but all in all it's a nice addition to my collection. As a bonus, you can use this to teach your kids (or grandkids) about gears.
  • Junk

    Travis E. Curtis, 3/5/2013 I urge anyone not to purchase this junk. This drill has a single pinion drill only because the second pinion is missing. There is a machined recess for the missing pinion meaning that this drill is a second rate product masquerading as a first. You can buy the same drill with both pinions elsewhere for the same price. I feel as though I have been misled and duped.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Hand Drill. There is a place for the second pinion on this tool but we suspect that Schroeder sells it both ways. We used to sell a much higher priced English double pinion but unfortunately, no longer carry it. The problem that we have always had with the double pinion is that it is very difficult to get a good gear mesh with it. We received quite a few of the English ones back due to binding problems with the gears.  So, we chose the single pinion to avoid gear mesh issues we have had in the past. We apologize for the inconvenience and trouble you had with this item.
  • Large Hand Drill

    Bob, 1/14/2013 I purchased a cheaper hand drill and had to return it due to quality issues. I then bought this drill and the difference is night and day. This is a tool to leave on the bench with some brad point bits. It drills quickly and is fun to use.
  • Precision holes are what I needed.

    DuckPaddle, 1/5/2013 I started with the smaller hand drill with the intention using it for starter holes. I found the accuracy of my work was greatly improved over using an automatic center punch. I also discovered that even drilling steel was easy with this hand tool. I stepped up to the larger drill and frequently find it much more useful than the electric powered ones. In fact while working on a particular job my partner saw me installing a bit on it and said I going to the truck .... not using that 18th century technology!" Well by the time he got back I had all 5 holes drilled and tapped in exactly the right spot! I showed him how for soft materials you could chuck up a tap and make quick work of threads in the field. I am totally delighted with this tool and very pleased with the craftsmanship and balance. Plus the fact I enjoy doing the work "old school"!
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner January 2013 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, George!!
  • Small Drill Bits

    Phil Armstrong, 10/13/2012 I needed a hand drill that could handle small drill bits and this was just the item.
  • German Hand Drill

    Frank, 9/24/2012 I love hand tools. I purchased the larger size hand drill for light duty work. I have an older Stanley. The first time I used it the upper handle was loose and turned on and on which made drilling difficult. The small handles made this difficult to use except for very light work. I had hoped the German quality in assembly would have been better.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    We are sorry to hear that you experienced some trouble with the German Hand Drill. Since we don't get too many returns on these, we have reason to believe that you may have received a defective one. We would be happy to replace it with another, if you'd like. We will mail you a return label if you no longer have the one which came with the drill. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Smooth

    Dave S, 8/6/2012 This drill has very smooth action. I'm very pleased with the purchase as I know have a good set of alternatives (this plus the Yankee drill) to using electric drills.
  • Great product, great service

    Hugh, 6/29/2012
  • Tool Box favorite

    Bernhard, 2/16/2012 This great drill lives in my travel tool box. Great to know the battery" is always charged when I am out of the shop. Runs smoothly. Nearly as fast as a battery drill for smaller holes and a pleasure to use."
  • German hand drill

    Glen Jacobson, 12/29/2011 I had tried other less expensive hand drills and returned them due to faults. This hand drill works smoothly and true. It's a joy to use!
  • Excellent quality

    Carl, 2/11/2011 I ordered both the regular and small drill(s). These are of excellent quality and are super performers! I use them for a variety of task and they are welcome additions to my tool chest! Thank you for finding and selling a very fine product!
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