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May 1965 Popular Mechanics

May 1965 Popular Mechanics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early mechanics and electronics. See articles from Popular Mechanics, published continuously since 1902. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

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Craftsman mechanical screwdriver.

We take a lot of conveniences for granted these days. They are so commonplace that we don't even consider that the features have not always been available. Your age, of course, plays a part in it. For instance, a Gen Z person might be shocked to learn that at the time he was born a cellphone only performed the function of a telephone. A Millennial might assume the air bags and anti-lock brakes on car she drives have been there since Henry Ford shipped his first Model T (Henry who? Model what?) and shuddered to think about not having a personal computer and dial-up Internet connection. Gen Xers figured cable TV and MTV had always been how entertainment was delivered, and that a Walkman was the transistorized version of those vacuum tube devices their parents used to carry while jogging. Baby Boomers, of which I am a member, actually used electric drills which had merely an on/off switch, with no variable speed. Having been born in 1958, I was only seven years old when Skil Power Tools* came out with what is pitched in this 1965 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine as the world's first variable speed power drill. My father, who was not a big power tool guy (he had mainly a hand saw for cutting wood and metal, a brace and bit for drilling holes, a block of wood with sandpaper stapled to it for sanding, and a good set of lungs for an air compressor when something needed to be blown off. He also had one of those mechanical screwdrivers with the spiral groves in the shank.

* Still in business as a subsidiary of a Chinese company.

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"Skil Power Tools, May 1965 Popular Mechanics - RF CafeThe green trigger identifies the greatest advance in electric drills in 50 years!

Exclusive! New! Skil

Hole in Nail Demonstrates the Amazing Control of New Skil Drill. We did it with the 1/4" Skil Trigger Speed Control (TSC) Drill. TSC drills also available in 3/8" and 1/2" sizes.

A Precision Driver, Too! With the versatile Skil Trigger Speed Control Drill the variable speed feature lets you start screw at low speed, run it down at high speed, set it by slowing to a stop.

Go with the pick of the pros ... Skil Power Tools

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Squeeze the Drill Speed You Need

With Trigger Speed Control you actually sense the correct speed with your trigger finger - much as you sense your car's speed with your foot on the accelerator.

Trigger Speed Control Drill

For the first time, you regulate speeds, from 0 to 2,000 rpm's, with your trigger finger

To Match the Material

You get stepless speed control to drill plastics, composition materials, wood or metal by varying finger pressure. No buttons or dials to fool with.

To Drill Holes in Metal Without Center Punching

Start with light trigger pressure which keeps rpm low, makes bit placing easy - even on convex surfaces.

To Drive Screws to Exact Depth

Exchange drill bit for driver bit, drive screws to exact depth you want. Even drive self-tapping metal screws - without center punching.

See New Skil TSC Drills at Better Department, hardware and Lumber Stores Everywhere

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