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#22955 - 03/08/03 04:25 PM Old Tools  
rowdyrudy  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 169
Mascoutah, IL USA
Going through an old storage chest I found the 7” Klines that my Dad gave me in 1948, when I was an apprentice. I recall him telling me that 7” Klines are for inside journeymen, 8” are for linemen. There is also a Wiggy that he gave me at about the same time. It also still works properly.
I also have a Triplett 310 that I received from a Triplett Rep in about 1962. The instruction book says “The Mighty Mite VOM”. It has a Model 10 AC clamp-on amp adapter and a Model 101 line separation adapter all in a leather case #379. I still use this meter from time to time. They just don’t makem like they used to.
I have always found the older tools interesting.

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#22956 - 03/08/03 04:35 PM Re: Old Tools  
The Watt Doctor  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 435
Mont Belvieu, TX
'48.....'48....1948....Rowdy, I didn't think you were a day over 29. I can dig it though. I have an old Klein pouch that my Dad used in the 70's. It's battle worn, but still running. You'll have to excuse me. I was born in '66. So a tool pouch used and still running from the 70's is....ahh...kind of old to me.

From my rocking chair,

The Watt Doctor
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Channelview, TX

#22957 - 03/08/03 05:59 PM Re: Old Tools  
gramps  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 112
oh my!...thanks doc, for the "reality check".. [Linked Image]

most of my tools are fom the '70's, and, i recently found a pair of klein angle-head side cutters from the '60's, that had a nick in the jaws. i took them back to my local klein dealer, and they gave me a new pair!!! cant beat that guarantee!.. [Linked Image]

gramps<------"not old, just seasoned"

#22958 - 03/08/03 10:09 PM Re: Old Tools  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,211
SI,New Zealand
That's amazing!,
You mean that they actually replaced the pair you had, for nothing, because of the nick in the jaws?.
Now that's a REAL Lifetime Guarantee!. [Linked Image]

Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#22959 - 03/09/03 08:45 AM Re: Old Tools  
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,306
Touring the country in '75, we stopped at my traveling partners grandfolks in Michigan.
Priding ourselves as motorheads capable of propelling a <ahem> vehicle across the US, the old gent invited us to a game in his shop.
He claimed that if we could identify the tool, we could have it!
I only hope to be able to pass on the exhilaration should there be such an opportunity down the road....


#22960 - 03/09/03 06:01 PM Re: Old Tools  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
I have plenty of old hand tools that I inherited from my father, from screwdrivers to pliers/cutters, to wood planes and hand drills. Much of this stuff dates back to the 1950s.

As for old test equipment, I have to control myself when let loose on eBay! I have an Avo 8 meter of late 1960s vintage, and a 1949 BPL meter, also from my late father. (BPL=British Physical Laboratories.)

Plenty of other test equipment of 1950s/1960s vintage, including scope, signal generators, VTVM etc.

None of this old equipment/tools goes out on jobs. I keep it all strictly for home work in order to preserve it for even longer!

P.S. Hey Doc, you're the same "vintage" as me! [Linked Image] Been meaning to ask sparky66wv if the 66 part of his handle refers to his year of birth. Virgil?

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 03-09-2003).]

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