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    Default Help ID a old ratchet tool

    Need help with this old ratchet tool




    Any info that you have I would like. I have other old tools that I have no idea what they are for.
    Jim
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    Would say that it was an early "common" ratcheting tool with interchangeble sockets for square head bolts/nuts.
    Nothing earth-shaking about the design...the principle has been around a long time.

    Here's something similar, just did a quick eBay search;

    OLD ANTIQUE PAT'D 1914 CHICAGO RATCHET WRENCH & SOCKET SET + MORE | eBay

    Make use of Google Patent search > "advance search" and start looking at all the ratchets that have patents from, say, 1900 to about 1930 (which looks to be about the vintage of your sample)


    Google Patents

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    Possibly for working with the square plugs in the radiators, along with the other device?

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    Thank you for the info

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    Maybe a fire hydrant wrench?

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    Fire hydrant wrenches are usually five sided.

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    I have a set of sockets and a ratchet almost identical, sold as an "auto kit" back in the late twenties. First time I've seen square sockets though. In addition to the old square nuts, pipe plugs usually have a square "nubbin" also, so they could be pretty handy.

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    Default Ratchet set

    I have a set just like it. I bought if off of an old-timer, 20 years ago. He told me he used it working for the power company on pole work. he claimed that the sets were made for power/telephone and railroad work for "telephone" pole assemble etc. where early on they used square headed bolts almost exclusively.

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    A square-headed bolt / square nut still has a lot to say for it in outdoor applications. A rusted square nut still has substantial corners. A rusted hex nut practically rounds itself off. Plus, square nuts work better with any type of adjustable wrench.

    ON EDIT:

    1) The "Alloy Artifacts" website is a great resource for researching wrenches.

    2) Are there any maker's marks visible?

    3) Remember that electrolysis rust cleanup is harmful to springs. making them brittle. Don't put the whole ratchet into "the tank."

    JRR
    Last edited by SouthBendModel34; 10-12-2011 at 05:41 PM. Reason: addenda


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