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Offline Yadda

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Garage sale buy
« on: September 27, 2022, 09:35:54 PM »
This one seemed to sort of fit here.
Another garage sale buy.  Everything in the tote was $40.  Price per piece was less than a dollar.  Craftsman, Penncraft, Sears, hand made table saw jig, 10 Chinese 4 inch clamps and 6 American made 3 inch clamps.  And a grinder jig for sharpening tools and more.  Plus a drill chuck key for the Jacobs chuck I bought last week.
You might say I have a tool collecting problem....

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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2022, 03:18:23 PM »
Good score! Some nice Craftsman items. Is the pistol grip hand drill a Craftsman?
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2022, 06:07:30 PM »
Good eye! Yes it is. No, Sears, but no Craftsman.  Needs a little rust removal, but it works.
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2022, 12:38:27 PM »
Thanks!!
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2022, 03:41:29 PM »
Our younger son swears by the General drill bit sharpening jig (toward the top of your picture; I assume it's a General Tool product, or a knockoff of the design).  General still sells it, and here's the current instruction manual: https://generaltools.com/media/sparsh/product_attachment/825-Instructions_GT_103007.pdf

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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2022, 04:28:53 AM »
From what I can see in the picture,  I’d say you hit a home run!!

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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2022, 05:33:43 PM »
Close up of the Sears hand drill.
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2022, 05:36:50 PM »
Our younger son swears by the General drill bit sharpening jig (toward the top of your picture; I assume it's a General Tool product, or a knockoff of the design).  General still sells it, and here's the current instruction manual: https://generaltools.com/media/sparsh/product_attachment/825-Instructions_GT_103007.pdf

Thanks for the manual!  It is a Sears Craftsman.
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Offline Bill Houghton

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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2022, 09:53:36 PM »
Likely made by General Tool and re-badged for Sears.  From what I can see of it, it's identical to the General Tool product.

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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2022, 03:59:08 AM »
Wasn't General Tool (of Portland OR) themselves a seller of products made by others and rebranded?
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2022, 06:56:21 AM »
Attached is a catalog photo from General Hardware Mfg. Co.  I believe the company later became General Tools Mfg.Co. ( second photo) if you double click the second photo it will rotate!
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Re: Garage sale buy
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2022, 10:33:32 AM »
Same company with different names,  for over 100 years! I don't believe "General Tools" by itself was ever an official company name. "General" is now the official company name.

General began as the brainchild of Abe and Lillian Rosenberg in New York City in 1922. Originally dubbed General Hardware Manufacturing Co., the company specialized in the wholesale of "hard goods," offering a full-range of domestic and professional items from clothesline pulleys and screen-door hardware, to specialty hand tools.

It wasn't long before Abe, a former WWI veteran & a vibrant, creative thinker, began to develop his own product ideas. With Lillian running the store, Abe would go out on the road in search of machine shops to manufacture his tools. By 1930 he had outsourced a small line of specialty items, including circle cutters, metal punches and pocket screwdrivers. By 1937, Abe and Lillian were selling their own products exclusively at General Hardware.

Abe’s thirst for new ideas kept General at the forefront of innovation, becoming one of the first to build die-cast tools. It was this innovation that resulted in General becoming charter member of the Sears 100 Club of Craftsman tool suppliers.

Over the years, General grew its product line and expanded into new market segments like digital test and measurement tools. After three generations of leadership by Abe’s family, the company was acquired by High Road Capital Partners in 2014 and most recently became part of Worthington Industries in 2021.
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Re: Garage sale buy
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2022, 10:45:23 AM »
Here is one I recently gave to an old friend.
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