Ridgid R2600 5-inch Random Orbit Sander

Tool: Ridgid R2600 5″ Random Orbit Sander

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I like this one. Adding to my growing list of Ridgid Tools, I bought this Ridgid R.O. Sander to give it a try since burning through the Porter-Cable 333’s was getting old. There are a few good features on this R.O. and so far it’s outperformed most of my duty sanders.

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Millers Falls Antique Push Drill

Tool: Millers Falls Co. Wooden Handled Push Drill with Bits

My second Millers Falls Push Drill on Toolboxblog.com features a wooden handle with a complete set of bits stored beneath it’s removable wooden cap. (See the other one) I’m not precisely sure where I got this Millers Falls Co. Push Drill but it’s been in my ‘abandoned tools’ box for years.

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Thoroughbred Tote-A-Horse Jobsite Sawhorses

Tool: Thoroughbred Tote-A-Horse sawhorses.

I wish I had more pictures for you to show just how strong these Thoroughbred Tote-A-Horse stands are. I have used them on every job I’ve had for the past ten years. Testing their limits, I’ve put far more weight than is safe on them and they still haven’t quit. Watch your fingers when folding closed.

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Crafstman 6″ Bench Grinder 1/3 hp

Tool: Sears/Crafstman 6″ Bench Grinder

My Crafstman Bench Grinder is model No. 319.190400. That’s a mighty long model number but this has been a long lasting tool. I don’t rely on this Bench Grinder for much more than random grinding projects; shaping a blade, rounding a shortened bolt or smoothing a jagged edge.

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North Bros Yankee Screwdriver No. 130

Tool: “Yankee” No. 130 by North Bros Mfg Co.

Another tool that I received as a gift in a small box of antique tools. This North Bros. Yankee Screwdriver is in great working condition though I don’t really use it. North Brothers made the original “Yankee” spiral ratchet screwdrivers with removable tips, beginning in 1899.

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H.D. Smith & Co Nut Wrench

Tool: H.D. Smith & Co Nut Wrench

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This nut wrench was owned by an upholster. His name is stamped on every tool and multiple times on each one: J. Lainc. It’s almost obsessive how many times he stamped his name on some of the handles, tool bodies and cases. Here is another turn of the century tool from his magic box.

Check out this photo showing the maker’s mark.

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Experience:

Yes, I’ve used it. It’s not like I gently place this tool in some velvet case. It’s tossed in with a mess of other hand tools in my “overflow bin” – tools I haven’t hung above my workbench yet, that I use often enough to have them on the workbench shelf. It’s of a hardy breed.

Patent Marked Feb. 26 1901 this Perfect Handle Wrench must have cranked around a lot of nuts. The reverse side of this H.D. Smith Wrench is stamped 1985. Any ideas why?

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