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Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ...,

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01-09-2017 18:10:49

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I went through all those thorsen, fuller and more tools and holy cow. This guy had a slew of tools. I looked up that alloy artifacts website and there are some neat ones. A 90-100 year barcalo adjustable wrench, 80 year old plomb stuff and more. There were more names, Penncraft, brown tool, some old channel-locks, challenger by proto (?), proto, the best built nut drivers I've ever seen and along with thorsen, indestro, snap on.... I liked looking up the old ones and putting them in my box and wondering what all they've worked on and who used them. That big barcalo adjustable is just awesome and almost an inch thick.

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01-10-2017 17:22:48

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 Re: Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ..., in reply to oliverguy, 01-09-2017 18:10:49  
barcalo has a very interesting history, google them

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01-11-2017 03:26:30

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 Re: Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ..., in reply to dzc3, 01-10-2017 17:22:48  
Hmm. So a "Crescent" wrench is really a "Barcalo" wrench. And the venerable "CeeTee" pliers are also a Barcalo design.

The connection to the Barcalounger is interesting, as well.

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Mike M

01-10-2017 04:58:37

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 Re: Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ..., in reply to oliverguy, 01-09-2017 18:10:49  
I have a really old set of the indestro I'm pretty sure that is the name. Anyhow they will break the sockets pretty easily.

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01-09-2017 18:34:05

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 Re: Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ..., in reply to oliverguy, 01-09-2017 18:10:49  
I thought you might enjoy reading the history on them--lots of information on that site! No idea if all of it is completely factual, as in some cases they only had old sales literature, catalogs, company-written histories or similar material to go on, but it's still a good start for further research. I also enjoy finding old tools--it's fascinating to see the number of different ways of approaching the same basic function, especially now that many of them have, for one reason or another, ended up as dead ends, and many if not most of today's tools tend to look much alike as more and more manufacturers have copied the best features from many different designs at the expense of the ones that didn't work as well.

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01-09-2017 18:44:43

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 Re: Update on old tools purchased, barcalo, Penncraft ..., in reply to TimV, 01-09-2017 18:34:05  
Great info on that website, thank you!

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