An Electric Drill named Lionel… Part II!

My post about Lionel the stinky electric drill might have bought a smile or two and prompted a memory of old train sets and such…

There was another part to the story I didn’t tell…

Lionel came with a handful of small drill bits. That was one of the reasons I bought it. I needed a drill and a couple of bits since my box of bits was inside of the drill case and my buddy was heading for a job by himself with my good drill and kit.

I chucked a bit into good ole Lionel to drill a hole in a piece of metal stock. Easy job!

Bit seemed sharp enough and ‘bit’ into the work just fine then caught once and immediately started spinning again. Quit cutting also. Stopped to look. Something looked odd.

When the bit caught it turned itself ‘left handed’. I have never seen that happen before. The bit was running in oil and was not hot. Just some very cheap steel.

I tossed the bits… all of them… didn’t seem safe… or all that useful!

An Electric Drill named Lionel!

Back when I was working on bank equipment all the time I had a nice Dewalt Electric Drill I carried in the truck. Ran into my buddy and he needed to borrow a good drill so I lent the Dewalt to him.

No sooner did he leave then I had a service call where I’d need a cheap drill for one tiny little hole. In brass even. Easy drilling. Stopped by a discount tools shop figuring I’d grab a cheap 1/4 inch drill to do that job. Found the drill I called Lionel!

Drove over to the job site, met the customer and setup Lionel with a small bit. Ran the extension cord and fired that bad boy up. Have you ever owned an electric toy trainset whose engine smelled like burning motor windings and ozone? That’s what Lionel smelled like. but maybe 100 times worse. Stunk up that room in a minute flat. A stink that left a taste in your mouth.

It was terrible!

The customer complained. My eyes were watering. The smell seemed to adhere to everything. Took the drill out to the truck. It stunk up the truck.

Finished the job and went home. Let the truck air out and set Lionel on the picnic table to air out. The next day I put it back in the truck just in case and thinking I might just take it back.

Needed a drill a few weeks later so I decided to give it another chance. Nope, still stinks.

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