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1995 FIN – Fein Marks 100th Anniversary of 1st Electric Power Tool

January 28
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1995 FIN – Fein Marks 100th Anniversary of 1st Electric Power Tool

January 23, 1995 FIN – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first electric power tool – a 5/32″ capacity electric hand drill. The 16-1/2 pound drill was made in Stuttgart, Germany by Wilhelm Emil Fein, founder of C.&E. Fein.
According to a Fein company story, two of its mechanics, Wahl and Heeb, were working on a time-intensive project that required drilling numerous holes by hand.
At the time, small motors from England were new on the market. The Fein mechanics fitted one of the new motors to a drill chuck shaft and produced an electric drill. Wilhelm Fein and Otto von Kellenbach then designed a production version.
Chris Cable, current president of Fein’s U.S. subsidiary, announced the company is marking the occasion by producing 12 handmade, non-operational life-size replicas of the drill. There will be a drawing for replicas from letters sent by owners and users of Fein products, which describe problem the tool has solved. ©1995/2012 Fastener Industry News
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