Stanley Hand Drill - No. 803

stanley hand drill 803
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Stanley 803 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Drills

Manufacturer: Stanley

Tool Type: Hand Drill

Model No: 803


The Stanley hand drill 803 also referred to by some as a Stanley egg whisker drill or Stanley egg beater drill.

The drill has a dual pinion / dual gear mechanism which is controlled by turning the winder arm.

The Stanley 803 drill is fitted with a wooden handle, a wooden winder knob and an optional bulbous side handle.

The handle and knobs were originally made from selected hardwoods and coated in an enamel finish with the later versions being made with plastic composite handles /knobs.

The heavy duty chuck is equipped with a hardened steel three jaw grip. The chuck capacity is 0 - 1/4" (6mm).

stanley hand drill 803

The drill frame is made from an extremely tough malleable iron and finished with a black finish.

The large gear plate is finished in a red finish on both sides.

All of the birght steel parts were originally finished in a nickel plating to give a bright finish and help protect the tool from rust.

The drill was presented in an orange Stanley cardboard box with a green label detailing the core drill information.

The Stanley 803 has a similar hand drill counterpart in the form of the Stanley 805 hand drill.

What Is The Difference Between The Stanley 803 And Stanley 805 Hand Drills?

The main difference between the two are the Stanley 805 has a single gear mechanism whereas the Stanley 803 has a dual gear mechanism.

Most of the Stanley 805's have no additional side handle whereas the Stanley 803 has an optional side handle. The 805 drills in the 1950's Stanley tool catalogues show the tool with a side handle but don't describe the drill as having a detachable handle as the description on the 803 does.

Manufactured Dates

<1956 - 1994>

Drill Also Known As

Stanley egg beater drill 803
Stanley egg whisker drill 803


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