Kerry belt-driven bench and pillar drills were made, beginning in the late 1940s, as four models: the simple Cadet and Junior, the highly effective and compact Super 8 (shown here) with its wide speed range and the Drillmaster, a small machine that had a full five inches of spindle travel - almost certainly the longest of any made, world-wide, in its size range.The images below are high resolution and may take time to open
Of conventional design - and in appearance not unlike a number of similar drills from the late 1940s, including those made by Atlas in the United States - the two cheapest drills by Kerry were afforded little publicity. Rather oddly, instead of a common type with one stripped of all but essential features, each of the two drills was different. With an all-up weight of 65 lbs and a drilling capacity of 3/8-inch, the "Junior" was without a rise-and-fall table, the foot, with its two T-slots being the only work platform provided; the maximum clearance between the top surface of the foot and the nose of the drill chuck was just 9 inches. Running in ball races, the spindle had a travel of 2.5 inches, meaning that the unfortunate operator would have been advised to keep at hand a selection of accurately formed wood and metal blocks on which to mount his vice - this method saving the tedious task of having to adjust the head up and down the 2-inch diameter steel-tube column. Driven by a 1/6 h.p. 1450 r.p.m. motor, four spindle speeds were available of 535, 1060, 1970 and 3950 r.p.m. - though the latter, would surely, have tested the little motor to near its limits. 10.5 inches wide, and 20 inches front to back, including the motor, the drill stood 25 inches high. Another small British-made drill* named "Junior" was one of the Oldak range, made by Engineering Products Ltd. of London. However, although it weighed just a little less it was, at £53 : 18s : 0d, more than twice the price of the £22 : 16 : 0d Kerry. Aimed at a rather different market it was far better specified with a rise-and-fall table, a drilling capacity in all material listed as being from 0.010" to 0.250", a 1/4 h.p. and six spindle speeds of 1200, 2300, 3850, 4600, 6600 and 10,000 r.p.m.
Of rather more useful specification, the Kerry Cadet had a 1/3 h.p. 1425 r.p.m. motor that gave speeds of 517, 1040, 1950 and 3900 r.p.m.; a rise-and-fall table with a working surface of 9 inches x 9 inches, two 1/2-inch slots and able to be tilted 90° left and right from central; a foot 10.5 inches deep and 9.25 inches wide that also had a pair of parallel 1/2-inch slots; a spindle running in ball races top and button and a usefully-long stroke of 4 inches - the clearance between the nose of the chuck and table being 10 inches and to the base 13 inches. Available at extra cost was a well-set-up mortising attachment with, instead of the more usual clamp to hold the wood onto the table, a compound slide rest with a built in vice - its shown below.
In 1954, compete with a 3-phase motor - a single-phase was an extra £1 : 15 ; 0d - the Cadet was listed at £29 ; 17 : 6d this being a massive 67% less than the cost of the 8-speed, backgeared Kerry Super 8 and 28.5% below the list price of the more conventional Drillmaster.
*also available in the small to miniature drill market was the Meddings Bantam, the very rare but delightful little Wa-Co, and, for amateur use, the Champion