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Forum topic by joeyinsouthaustin posted 07-17-2013 09:31 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2013 09:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question unknown tool

I just received a big lot of random and antique tools. So I will have several of these coming up. I have been asked to sell most of these tools. Included is several Disston and other hand saws. Bailey no. 5 and unmarked plane, and several other items, including several made locally in central texas, including two hand belt sanders If you are interested in making an offer on the hand saws, planes, prior to restoration and auction, PM me and I will send pictures of what they are.

Now to business this is one of the mysteries. It is a piston, the shape of a plumb bob with an x notched into the point. it is set in a cast Iron sleeve with a spring, and little handle that allows it to slide up and down, with the spring forcing it into the closed position. It is marked with measurements that seem to correspond with either wire or metal gauge. being marked with “wear safety glasses” is it really just a gauge?? WHAT IS IT USED FOR??

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 09:36 PM

It’s a crimper

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:38 PM

Cable crimper for splicing electrical cable would be my best guess.

I have one that is somewhat similar that we use when stringing service entance wires here in the park.

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 09:45 PM

Yup… ya’ll getting pretty slow at this!! :) Like many of the older tools I have seen in “what is this” posts this one is still in production, sold specifically as a battery terminal crimper. Thanks I didn’t even know where to start the search.

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 09:48 PM

clampderometeneter I seen one but it crawled under the house

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 01:16 AM

Dang, I was gonna say hickory nut cracker!

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