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Q & A : Who Made the First Power Drill?

Q: Who Made the First Electric Drill?

A: We owe the favor of the power drill to the Australians.

First Power DrillIn 1889, Arthur Arnot and William Brain were the inventors of the first electric drill, designed to drill through rock.  Not much else is known about this drill, and it didn’t inspire a lot of copycats either.

Fast forward to 1917, when modern drill maker Black & Decker built and patented the first pistol grip, handheld power drill.  Nevertheless, the concept caught on, as the pistol grip drill is now the #1 selling style of drill in the world!


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