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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 07-10-2009 02:59 PM 6567 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2009 02:59 PM

Just thought it might be interesting to see who has the oldest working power tool? I’ll start, I’ve got a 1951 Walker-Turner drill press.


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#1 posted 07-10-2009 03:14 PM

Here is my Hormel-Wagner combo sander from 1914. Based on the patent, it looks like it might be the first of it’s kind.

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 03:47 PM

wow i cant even come close. 30 years old is the oldest i have

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 04:16 PM

I’ve got a wrench from the 1800’s, but not power tools. My saw is an old Craftsman, but it’s probably from the ‘60’s. My dad has some power tools from the ‘40’s, but nothing near 1914.

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 04:23 PM

The main tool in my shop is over 60 (ME)


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#5 posted 07-10-2009 04:55 PM

my oldest tool is my early 60”s table saw, an old delta, but it”s not even close to that sander.

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 05:21 PM

gosh ,
i never even noticed ,
my tools either work ,
or they don’t !
i’ve got 3 different catagories of tools .
1- shop tools .
2- job site tools .
3- tons of old tools ( some might work , and some may not )
but i can’t bring myself to throw away ,
i give some to W.W. that need them .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-10-2009 05:23 PM

I have in storage, an old ‘Porch-Post-Turning-Lathe, CA early late 1800’s/early 1900’s. No pic’s

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 06:07 PM

Wow, I thought I was doing well with a couple of 1953 Shopsmiths, but I guess I’m way outa my league here, although if you count the # of tools they each convert to with accessories, (about 11 or 12) I’m in pretty good shape on sheer numbers.

I really think, though, that using the older power tools is kind of a cult-like thing. At least for me, it’s not just the use/utility of the tool, it’s feeling you get using something that old. Also, they never seem to break or wear out.

It’s the same with many of my hand tools (Planes, saws & chisels). I think my newest hand plane is over 60 years old & most are much older. -SST

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#9 posted 07-10-2009 06:51 PM

Well, I guess David’s sander just shut this thread down, huh!! :-) I don’t have anything that can touch that.

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#10 posted 07-10-2009 07:53 PM

No need to shut down the thread. I could be disqualified on a techincality because I don’t have it hooked to a motor at the moment. Besides, I love old machines. is one of my other favorite sites.

That little thing is quite heavy though. It only takes a 4”x36” belt, but it weighs around 50#. You don’t see castings like that anymore.

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#11 posted 07-10-2009 08:05 PM

david ,
i take it that you are talking about a belt sander ?
but it reminds me of my buddy ,
that went back to the doctor after they removed his colostomy bag.
the doctor told him not to lift anything over 5 lbs. .
and he said ,
” i guess i’ll have to get my wife to help me take a leak ” !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 07-10-2009 10:28 PM

I have a Delta Table Saw. I’m not sure, but it should be from the late 40’s or early 50’s
I started using it in the early 60’s . It was old then. I still use it now, only recently took it out of my door shop.
Still has the original motor and bearings (although they need to be changed)


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#13 posted 07-10-2009 10:31 PM

Patron my mother in law complains that the trouble with her colostomy bag is she has difficulty finding Gloves and shoes to match LOLAlistair

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#14 posted 07-11-2009 01:08 AM

I have a 1930s vintage bench-top shaper, a 1945 dewalt “portable” 12” RAS, a 1954 Delta double-arm 10” RAS, and two Sears bench top tools—table saw and jig saw—from the 1920s?, both of which have not been reconditioned. if you really want to see numerous old woodworking machines, go to, which is related to, mentioned above

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#15 posted 07-11-2009 03:57 AM

The oldest wood working tool I have is my 103.0404 Craftsman Scroll Saw (mid 1940’s). The oldest tool that I have is my Companion bench grinder (late 1930’s). I use it for more than just wood working so I don’t really put it in the same category. Several other old tools, both working and undergoing resto, but these are my oldest.

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