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Forum topic by SuperCubber posted 04-25-2020 02:58 AM 650 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SuperCubber

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04-25-2020 02:58 AM

I know this is a big ask, but curious if anyone can identify this level. I picked it up for a couple bucks at an auction with some other items.

I just started cleaning it up. I think it will be a fun project to restore it.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC


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#1 posted 04-25-2020 03:16 AM

What they would call a Mason’s Level. Seemed every Mason I work with, had one of these….and, when not in use, they were kept secured in a case.

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#2 posted 04-25-2020 11:19 AM

Don’t know who made it, but I’ve got one picked up on the cheap several years ago. You’ll be surprised how often these things come in handy!

-- OleGrump

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#3 posted 04-25-2020 11:36 AM

I bought one of those levels in 1977 at a local hardware store and still use it often

. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting at my wife’s desk right now looking at it. I’ve got to level her credenza this morning, or else. and I don’t like how that “or else” could turn out for me today.

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#4 posted 04-25-2020 11:51 AM

+1 Mason’s level.very common tool.

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#5 posted 04-25-2020 01:00 PM

Thanks, gents!

With your help, I think I’ve narrowed it down to Kraft Tool Company.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#6 posted 04-25-2020 09:58 PM

Mine is stamped. AMERICAN. W83720 42

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#7 posted 04-29-2020 07:09 AM

I think it is a sands level, and note of warning,,,,any brass may well be just be brass plating.

Eric

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#8 posted 04-29-2020 12:05 PM



I think it is a sands level, and note of warning,,,,any brass may well be just be brass plating.

Eric

- realcowtown_eric

Thanks for the heads up. It all appears to be solid brass. I actually found some markings after cleaning it up a little. It’s not a Sands level, though it’s incredibly similar looking. It’s a Peerless 2000 Professional level.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#9 posted 04-29-2020 09:10 PM

Yep, mason’s level. I have one just like it that my grandfather used. He became a bricklayer after he served in WW I. That was nearly over 100 years ago.

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