Ratchet drill


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ratchet drill a portable machine for working a drill by hand, consisting of a hand lever carrying at one end a drill holder which is revolved by means of a ratchet wheel and pawl, by swinging the lever back and forth.
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In literature:

He was lying on his side in a puddle of water, a slush lamp close to his head, working a ratchet-drill into the shell of the boiler.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Muttering to himself, he next took a powerful ratchet drill, and for a long time worked with it on the mine, boring a tiny but deep hole.
"Signal in the Dark" by Mildred A. Wirt
The drill-bar is rotated by means of a ratchet operated by a spiral groove in the shield of the machine.
"Report of the Hoosac Tunnel and Troy and Greenfield Railroad, by the Joint Standing Committee of 1866." by Tappan Wentworth