Still manufactured in modern forms, the Swiss-made meteor drill grinders have all been of high quality and great effectiveness. Current during the 1970s and 1980s, the Models KBS.3, KBS.6 and ME.14 shown below were all equipped a standard with 3-phase motors, the KBS type running at 5,000 r.p.m and, on the much larger capacity ME14, at 2000 r.p.m. High-resolution pictures--may be slow to open
Intended only for very small drills, such as though used in horological and instrument work, the single-wheel KBS.3 had a capacity of 0.008" to 0.125" and the KBS.6 (of exactly the same design) of 0.008" to 0.25". Each was fitted with a high-precision, self-centring 4-jaw chuck concentric to within 0.0008" to 0.0012" and could sharpen a drill in 30 to 45 seconds. Drills were set optically, using an 8X magnifying glass and as the wheel ran at very high speed, a lever-operated brake was fitted as part of the standard equipment. Also included with each machine was a diamond dresser and a machine lamp.
Intended for more general workshop use, the twin-wheel ME.14 was normally supplied mounted on a short plinth with a tool-storage cupboard and could take drills up to 1.5" in diameter and 19.5" long, these being clamped into V-shaped holders. In addition to a machine light and diamond dresser, the ME.14 was equipped, when new, with drill point and point-thinning wheels.
Towards the bottom of the page is shown a more modern Meteor drill ginger, the Model MM-25 with today (2018) the company offering a range of types to cover most applications from miniature drills through regular sizes to specialised machines for sharpening drills used on such items as printed circuit boards