|US Patent: 730|
|Geared drill stock|
|Not known to have been produced|
||May 08, 1838
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|From Chuck Zitur's web page, this patent for a "Geared drill stock" is for a "breast drill with a single pinion gear and an additional friction roller which bears against the smooth inner top side of the main gear resulting in less wear to the gears." This patent is the earliest American patent for a geared drill, although the patent specification says that it consists of improvements to designs "that have heretofore been employed."
The inventor had earlier patents for a mortising machine and a combination bit-and-countersink - patent 7,484X and patent 82, respectively. The former patent was the starting point of what became the largest woodworking machinery maker in the world, J. A. Fay & Co., although George Page himself played little or no role in that company.
There was another woodworking machinery inventor named George Page, who lived in Baltimore. While it is possible that they are one and the same person, the most likely scenario is that they were two separate people. See patent 2,174, patent 10,394 and patent 84,937.|