Now part of the Meddings Thermalec Ltd. Group (and still making drills), Meddings began production of their well-known, high-quality drills during WW2. Started as a family firm, the first factory was in Wembley, with a move soon made to Slough where the Company stayed until 1973/5. Then, needing larger premises suitable for further expansion away from the increasingly crowded and expensive South East of England, a site at Lee Mill in Devon was found, the area having being used originally as a training base for fire fighters. Despite strong competition from cheap Far East imports the Company continues trading, having a diversification of interests that include Thermalec Products, Meddings Engineering, Meddings Radiographics and Merlin Industrial Products.
Meddings drills were first branded "Pacera", with a range that expanded quickly to include both standard and special models with something offered for almost every niche in the market - though heavier, radial-arm types were not manufactured, these being in plentiful supply from other makers such as the long-established firms of Archdale and Asquith. At some point, after the 1950s, the "Pacera" name was dropped and just "Meddings" used - though the Model Types and letter/numbering system used for them remaining largely unchanged.
Lighter drills were given the obvious prefix "L" and medium duty types "M" - the latter being one of the most popular and long-lived Series, especially in the guise of the bench-mount MB4 and floor-standing MGF4 (and larger M5 Types) which, although they had a conventionally arranged spindle driven by a V-belt, also incorporated a fully enclosed oil-bath lubricated backgear assembly that provided an enormously wide speed range. These two ranges are, almost without doubt, the finest, most versatile and useful small drills for any professional or very keen amateur's workshop.
Heavier models, intended for production work, carried the prefix H and were built in several styles from bench types with solid steel columns to floor models with especially robust cast-iron "box-pedestal" supports. As standard this range was, sensibly, fitted not only with 2-speed motors but also rack-and-pinion rise and fall to the table - the latter feature making the repositioning of heavy jobs an easy matter. Developments of these drills continued to be manufactured for many decades and other examples can be found on pages describing Meddings Drills of the 1960s and 1970s
Pacera Drills of the 1940s and 1950s continued here