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NNNN Senior MemberPosts: 24,806 Senior Member
A few of these date back to my Grandfather




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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,873 Senior Member
    Most of these including the box are from my Dad.

    As is this old tool box. I think its an old RR box. He restored and painted it. 

    He's still alive BTW..
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #3
    All of his power tools, electrician's tools, meters, etc. Most of his wrenches, screwdrivers and such I passed on to my son-in-law as they were duplicates of what I already have, but I kept his gigantic pair of Channel-Loks.
    Most awesome drill ever:
    The best I can tell, this "Thor" drill dates back to at least the 1930s, maybe earlier. The occasional eBay search turns up a fair number of Thors, but never one like this. Dad paid $100 for it in about 1949, which was a LOT of money back then, and it certainly wasn't new. I did a complete tear down/inspect/lube on it just before I left Commiefornia, its still in fantastic shape - nothing can stop it!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,394 Senior Member
    My Dad is still alive so he still has most of his,tools. A few have migrated to my shop though.

    I have several hand tools that belonged to my grandfather. I also have his vise that can be used as a hand drill. Idk what brand it is. I'm too embarrassed with the condition of my shop to post any pictures of the vise. I also have my great grandfather 's hand cranked forge. It's not in good shape.
  • 2Aman2Aman Member Posts: 332 Member
    zorba said:
    All of his power tools, electrician's tools, meters, etc. Most of his wrenches, screwdrivers and such I passed on to my son-in-law as they were duplicates of what I already have, but I kept his gigantic pair of Channel-Loks.
    Most awesome drill ever:
    The best I can tell, this "Thor" drill dates back to at least the 1930s, maybe earlier. The occasional eBay search turns up a fair number of Thors, but never one like this. Dad paid $100 for it in about 1949, which was a LOT of money back then, and it certainly wasn't new. I did a complete tear down/inspect/lube on it just before I left Commiefornia, its still in fantastic shape - nothing can stop it!
    That looks awesome, very cool. I still haven’t found a battery powered drill that can handle a 6” hole-saw. I use Dad’s old corded 1/2” Dewalt and it does fine. 
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,873 Senior Member
    Zorba did you give Thor a new power cord when you had it apart??? Cord looks new. You could drill a hole to Valhalla with that beast!
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    All of his power tools, electrician's tools, meters, etc. Most of his wrenches, screwdrivers and such I passed on to my son-in-law as they were duplicates of what I already have, but I kept his gigantic pair of Channel-Loks.
    Most awesome drill ever:
    The best I can tell, this "Thor" drill dates back to at least the 1930s, maybe earlier. The occasional eBay search turns up a fair number of Thors, but never one like this. Dad paid $100 for it in about 1949, which was a LOT of money back then, and it certainly wasn't new. I did a complete tear down/inspect/lube on it just before I left Commiefornia, its still in fantastic shape - nothing can stop it!
    Wow! I still have my Dad's 'Thor'! What a beast! He bought his in 1947. If he paid $100 he would never have admitted it. So far it has never been defeated. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    2Aman said:
    That looks awesome, very cool. I still haven’t found a battery powered drill that can handle a 6” hole-saw. I use Dad’s old corded 1/2” Dewalt and it does fine. 
    It laughs at large hole saws!

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    Zorba did you give Thor a new power cord when you had it apart??? Cord looks new. You could drill a hole to Valhalla with that beast!
    Yes. It had a rather long SO cable style cord on it the whole time I was growing up, but Dad replaced it with a super-short 18/3 (!!). Only an Electrician would have done that!
    This one came off a piece of equipment that was being scrapped, is 10 feet long and is 10/3. Lights blink when you pull the trigger!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    2Aman said:
    That looks awesome, very cool. I still haven’t found a battery powered drill that can handle a 6” hole-saw. I use Dad’s old corded 1/2” Dewalt and it does fine. 
    It laughs at large hole saws!

    Just make sure there is nothing you don't want a large hole in behind what you are cutting. I bought a nearly new (5 months old) house in 1994. The decks, and railings were stapled together and were already getting wobbly. I purchased a box of 1,000 3.5 inch deck screws. I tried to drive the first one in with my 3/8 inch Black and Decker corded drill. The screw went nearly 1/2 inch in before the wimpy drill just buzzed. I resurected 'Thor'. The first screw head was countersunk 1/4 inch. With a little practice of taking some weight off the monster I could get 1/8 inch. 


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    I've had that happen too - driving screws with this is "interesting". I just give it a very quick click of the trigger, and it slews around a couple of turns! Close to the end, its easiest to pull back on the drill because as you found out: it doesn't mind countersinking into *anything*!
    Do you have a picture of your Thor?
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • sgtrock21sgtrock21 Senior Member Posts: 1,933 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    I've had that happen too - driving screws with this is "interesting". I just give it a very quick click of the trigger, and it slews around a couple of turns! Close to the end, its easiest to pull back on the drill because as you found out: it doesn't mind countersinking into *anything*!
    Do you have a picture of your Thor?

     

    It's in my storage unit. I will take a photo. It looks like the offside handle of yours is the same threaded steel pipe.
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 606 Senior Member
    Zorba my dad didn't do things small either.


  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 606 Senior Member
    The ones that mean something to me though are the hand tools the hammers saws and such.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #15
    Love that Ingersol-Rand! Nice compressor too.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    sgtrock21 said:
    It's in my storage unit. I will take a photo. It looks like the offside handle of yours is the same threaded steel pipe.
    Yea, I think that was pretty standard back in the day.

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #17
    The ones that mean something to me though are the hand tools the hammers saws and such.
    I lean more  towards his power tools, meters, and similar, but yea, I have his hammers and a few other hand tools as well. Something very special about handling and using them - and his guns as well.
    I remember - partially - another story about that Thor drill. He had to leave security for "something" in an emergency - maybe a gas can or somesuch, don't remember. Whatever it was, the guy providing it was happy to take the drill as a security deposit!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,806 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #18
    This Makita sander rigged with a cut off disk belonged to Clean's Father; he used it in his business to cut off exhaust and muffler parts.


  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    Dad was an auto mechanic and have no idea what happened to his tools, Wouldn't be surprised if they were left at the last place he worked.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    rberglof said:
    Dad was an auto mechanic and have no idea what happened to his tools, Wouldn't be surprised if they were left at the last place he worked.


    Sounds like he was DONE!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    When he turned 50 he never went back to work, from then on he just drank.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    I'm sorry...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #23
    That's OK it's what he did most of his life anyway.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,949 Senior Member
    That sucks - musta not been much fun when you were a kid.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    No fun at all. Holidays being the worst.
  • dangarangdangarang Posts: 1 New Member
    I have lots of tools left from him. Most of them are screwdriver sets and saws. He was a carpenter and he did most of his work from home so you can imagine that machinery is also there and here around the yard. The best tool left though must be this miter saw he bought a couple of years ago. He took time and dedication to decide which one to buy. I remember him reading benchtop jointer reviews in order to compare as it was his most important tool to work with. Since he died and I'm not going to use it, I'm thinking of selling it to allow someone else to work with it.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,287 Senior Member
    Old thread but I missed it on the first round.

    Dad was a doctor and an Anesthesiologist at that, so all his "tools" were at whatever hospital he happened to be working out of at any given time.  In his older age he would just float doing contract day work when the spirit moved him.  He was also pretty much inept at anything mechanical so his few excursions into tool buying/using usually went sideways swiftly and he either destroyed or threw away any tools he bough.  In my house we use knives as screwdrivers...

    My Father In Law on the other hand was an ironworker all his life and I inherited a bunch of his stuff when he passed since his sons had no interest in his tools.  Many of the tools I got where used during the construction or refurbishment of NYC landmarks such as Yankee Stadium, The World Trade Center, The JFK International Terminal and ultimately the Hayden Planetarium, even though for the last 15 or more years of his career he was the site Supervisor so he did not connect, he was just the boss to all the ironworkers, welders and the folks that ran the BIG cranes on the job sites.  I have some impressive wrenches that are of no use unless the Empire State Building suddenly becomes in need of repairs  :D

    Besides tools I do have a nice section of cable that came off the Brooklyn Bridge during the last rebuild and the steel plaque that was on a wall that was torn down on the Brooklyn Navy Yard that was repurposed a few decades back into a co-generation electric plant.  The plaque says American Bridge Company and the year that particular building was built.  Very cool stuff that will never leave my hands until I pass it on to my kids.
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,750 Senior Member
    None from my father, and will probably never will since he's a tool destroyer; went through his whole box and the one my brother left him and will end up busting any he lays his hands upon.

    From my maternal grandad I still have a small camp hachet he bought probably in the late '70s. Stainless steel, made in Japan and with a black rubber grip, it was virtually unused when I got it after he died in the early '90s. Cleaned and sharpened its dull edge and keep it with a custom made leather scabbard/edge cover in the back pocket of my truck's copilot seat for discrete but quick grabbing as a useful deterrent for situations where a gun might be an overkill, like aggressive panhandlers and petty thieves posing like street vendors during heavy traffic jams. So far has worked like a charm!


  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,294 Senior Member
    Not a single one of my fathers, I have a few of my Mom’s tools, but the one that really stands out to me is that I have my Grandfather’s hewing axe from when he first moved to Texas and was a cypress shake shingle cutter in my hometown.  (My family ‘skipped a generation’, since my grandfather outlived 3 wives and had my mom from his third wife when he was over 70 years old).  So, the things my Grandfather did is what most people my age had Great Grandfathers do)

    I plan on restoring this axe sometime soon.  Let me see if I can find a pic.
     
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
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