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General Discussion / Black Bros. Patented Clamp
« Last post by lptools on March 20, 2023, 02:33:48 PM »
From a private sale/referral. Patent No. 783,502
Buying, Selling, and Trading / Bluepoint supreme 1/2-7/16 DOE
« Last post by t115145 on March 19, 2023, 05:07:39 PM »
Need a Bluepoint Sup. DOE 1/2 - 7/16 let me know how much you want.

Buying, Selling, and Trading / Western Auto Chrome X Quality sockets 1936-1939
« Last post by moparthug on March 18, 2023, 06:24:59 PM »
Kind of a narrow focus, but if anyone is building a 1/2 drive set of Chrome X Quality sockets I have a few for sale. From what I could find these were the "top of the line" tools sold through Western Auto and were made by Duro/Industro between 1936 and 1939. In this set is a 7/16, 9/16, 5/8, 21/32, and a 4 inch extension. These have been used with the typical signs of normal use, nicks and light scratches, some finish loss through wear, no cracks or damage. All they say is "Chrome X Quality" and a quick search at Alloy Artifacts had the answer, only a three year run it seems. In 1940 they switched the name of their top tier tools to the Wizard name. $5 for all 5 pieces plus whatever a priority small flat rate box will cost from Southern Oregon to where you are.
General Discussion / Re: Wilton Powrarm Clamp
« Last post by lptools on March 18, 2023, 09:02:12 AM »
Hello, JoeCB. I don't have a Powrarm base to show, I will see if I can find a photo from someone else!
General Discussion / Re: Wilton Powrarm Clamp
« Last post by Lewill2 on March 18, 2023, 08:31:14 AM »
Joe, I think you are correct. What confuses me is why the recess is on the top of the ""U" I would think it should be on the bottom of the "U" opening to capture the base of the Power Arm assembly. I should have my miniature Power Arm clamp in a few days, I'll post some pictures when it arrives.
General Discussion / Re: Wilton Powrarm Clamp
« Last post by JoeCB on March 17, 2023, 10:18:26 PM »
I'm back, here is my little Wilton and Power arm... I don't see how that clamp would be employed? maybe parts are missing?

Joe B

Now, after looking at the base of my power arm and the splayed "fingers " of the clamp... I get it  :smiley:
The fingers wrap around the base and clamp the assembly to a table/ board edge.... correct ?
General Discussion / Re: Wilton Powrarm Clamp
« Last post by JoeCB on March 17, 2023, 10:05:09 PM »
OK iptools, I'm still not "getting it" ... it looks like it's designed to clamp on an edge... but to clamp what?
 how is this clamp used? why the splayed legs"  Can you show a picture of it in use?

Joe B
General Discussion / Some pliers
« Last post by Bill Houghton on March 17, 2023, 01:17:33 PM »
I decided it would be good to add a pair of basic slip-joint pliers to the toolbox in the RV.  It's already stocked with Channellock-type pliers (two sizes, regular and big), needle-nose, duckbill, side- and end-cutters.  But there are times when yer basic, all-purpose slip joint pliers are just the ticket.  So I went looking.  Normally, it's not hard to find a pair, but this is winter, when the sales are down.  So the first two pair of decent pliers I found weren't quite your basic pliers:

I've been intrigued by thin-jaw slip-joint pliers since I found them in a Craftsman tool catalog back in, oh, maybe 1968; I couldn't quite figure out what problems they solved that regular pliers could.  So, of course, that (bottom pliers, a pair of Challenger #3246 pliers) was what I found first.  Then I found, at a different sale, the Craftsman (no model #) pliers at the top, above; at $2.00, hard to resist.

The Challenger pliers are in the small, but still normal, end of the size range; but the jaws are sure thinner.  Here they are with my pair of Snap-On slip-joint pliers (thank you, Uncle Charlie!  Part of my inheritance from him):

The Craftsman pliers are odd ducks.  They're arc-joint/Channellock-type pliers,

but the angle between the jaws and the handles is closer to the inline configuration of slip-joint pliers (Uncle Charlie's Snap-On pliers again, top in photo)

than the close-to-or-at-45 degree angle you find on Channellocks (Channellock pliers from a yard sale a while back, and boy are they handy!).

I think the Craftsman pliers have won a berth in the RV toolbox.  The thin-jaw Challengers will go into the shop toolbox, where they can teach me what good things they can do.
Picture Forum / Some pliers pictures
« Last post by Bill Houghton on March 17, 2023, 01:03:34 PM »
... for a post in General Discussion.
Discussions About Classic Tools for Aircraft / Re: Solar panel roof
« Last post by vesteronys on March 16, 2023, 08:55:40 AM »
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