- Jul 3, 2022
What I really miss most is that while I can find what I need somewhere it's not in stock anywhere remotely nearby now.
I bought Stahlwille when I was an appie in Zimbabwe in the 80s. Gedore was also available. Price in the US now is obscene! We were also given some USAG tools from Italy(Ferrari's official spanners). They are pretty good but also pricey here in the US.Stahlwille, as far as I can tell, still made in Germany
Funny you should mention the name Wescott. Here in La belle province [Quebec], any adjustable is referred to as "le Wescott". Way easier to say than ask for than "le cle adjustable".Nobody's mentioned Wescott wrenches. I've managed to get a set with 3 diiferent sizes.
Houses here in peekskill are old enough that yard and estate sales still pesent ample vintage tools at the right prices. I take full advantage.
Quebec french and France fench are quite different. Quebec takes a lot more "enghish words" and uses them with a french conjugation. Any auto garage, try using the "correct" french name or a part and they will stare at you blindly. Ask for a "un muffler pour mon Focus" and they will happily oblige.dundeeshopnut --
In my coffebreak language lessons at Aerospatiale Cannes, I was taught that the French expression for "Crescent-type adjustable wrench" was "cle a molette", but the term actually used was "cle anglais".
Dad also left me his "Yankee" push screwdriver. As I recall, the screwdriver bits for it have a plain round shank with a step machined on top to serve as a drive key. I also have a smaller "push drill", made of brass with a hardwood handle. Possibly Goodell-Pratt or Millers-Falls (haven't handled it in years). It has a brass disc on the top end of the wood handle, which covers a place to store bits. This little drill took a simple "V" pointed bit, and was handy if a person was predrilling to avoid splitting thin mouldings or hardwood, also handy if a person was putting in small screws.
In watching youtubes of workers in various industries in bygone years, the use of "Yankee" type push screwdrivers was commonplace. It was the 'cordless screwdriver' of its day. I watched a "History Guy" youtube about how two teenaged Ham Radio operators provided a communications link for US personnel stationed at Antarctica. In the youtube, there were 'stock' clips from old films of workers assembling electronic equipment. They were using push screwdrivers to make up the screws on terminal strips after "landing" the wires. Smaller sized "Yankee" type screwdriver. In some other clip from the British railroads, the 'joiners' putting interior trim and panelling in passenger coaches are also seen using push screw drivers. In both cases, the people using the push screwdrivers were aces. The few times I've tried to use the Yankee push screw driver, the straight screwdriver bit either walked out the end, or climbed out, of the screw slot. The screwdriver bit with me behind the Yankee push screwdriver, wound up damaging the work. Dad could drive fairly large wood screws with the Yankee, and never had it jump out or damage the work.
On this side of the pond, that's a Yankee Push Drill. The flutes have to be straight because the drill is bidirectional: it rotates counter-clockwise on the upstroke. CCW movement of a conventional twist drill just stuffs the swarf back into the hole!They worked pretty well, despite having drills that looked like a figure-8 in cross section, straight fluted, with a standard point.
Eh, I am on the same side, depending on what you call a pond..... NJ is a different world from ours, though, no "coasties" inland where I am.On this side of the pond, that's a Yankee Push Drill. The flutes have to be straight because the drill is bidirectional: it rotates counter-clockwise on the upstroke. CCW movement of a conventional twist drill just stuffs the swarf back into the hole!........................
Dad and a buddy of mine also used the trick of starting a framing nail using the claw of the hammer. This was done if they were working in a location where they had to hang on with one hand and had only the other hand to start the nail and hammer with, such as overhead, or working off a ladder. They would insert the nail so its head was between the claw and the eye of the 'poll' or handle of the hammer. The shank and point projected out from the claw. With a different kind of swing, they would start the nail into the work. One swing was all you got, and once the nail was started, you twirled the hammer 180 degrees in your hand and drove the nail home with the striking face. Neat trick, obsoleted by power nailers and cordless tools driving construction screws. Good claw hammers were quite a tool in their day, and hammer manufacturers advertised their features in magazines and trade publications. A chronic ailment not appearing in American
The first socket wrenches I ever had were a set my dad gave me that he bought with "points" from gassing up at a Gulf station. The Brand was Fleet and while the larger sockets were 1/2" square drive the smaller ones were the hex drive as you described with not only an L wrench but also a straight screwdriver type handle.Being able to fix anything, or do anything, even the basic stuff, around your house is becoming a marker for being a "fossil". A lot of folks apparently don't know how to hang a picture, let alone anything else.
Vlchek made wrenches also, I have a number of them. Plomb, Thorsen, Indestro, and many others made good socket wrenches as well as other tools. Even the "lesser" brands were not bad.
Up at my father's house are a number of socket sets that are hex drive. The wrench looks like a fat allen key with snap balls on the ends. Generally the sockets are stored on the wrench, although one or two have a sheet metal holder that the sockets go in, with the wrench slid in over them to hold them in place.
I'm amused at your use of the term "water pump pliers". That, or just "pump pliers" is the name I know for them, but very few people seem to know what is meant by those terms these days.