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Friday, November 26, 2004

201.





202. This tool belongs to someone else who is interested in finding out what it's used for. The frame is cast with the words "BATESON AUTO TOOL WKS ROME NY A1". The overall length is 20" from the end of the handle to the other end. It apparently mounts in a bench vise, there is a pad in the center of the C frame. The hand wheel adjusts the pad closer to the reamer/ spotface assembly. The button on the pad measures 1/2" and the reamer measures .505"




203. 6" long







204. This is a close-up of something most people would recognize.



205. 9" long



206. 1" x 1 1/16" x 1 1/16"



Answers











14 Comments:

  • 201. Pipe cutter, commonly used on automotive exhaust

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 11/25/2004 8:06 AM  

  • 204: Close up of a typewriter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/26/2004 6:47 AM  

  • 205. multi-wrench, I've seen similar included with motorcycle tool kits but don't think this one is for bikes.
    206. possibly a crimpimg die.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 11/26/2004 7:08 AM  

  • >Pipe cutter, commonly used on automotive exhaust

    It's a cutter but I haven't yet determined if it's for pipe or glass.


    >204: Close up of a typewriter

    Correct.


    >205. multi-wrench, I've seen similar included with motorcycle tool kits but don't think this one is for bikes.

    It's a wrench but as you say, it's not for bikes. It's for a specific machine.

    >206. possibly a crimpimg die.

    This one isn't a die.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/26/2004 2:58 PM  

  • 202: This looks like one of many after market tools made to ream the bronze bushing inserts in Model T Ford front axle spindle bodies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/26/2004 4:51 PM  

  • 201. looks also, by the last link that its missing some length. The ones I've seen usually handle 3" pipe.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 11/26/2004 9:30 PM  

  • 206 is used to magnetise or demagnatise a screwdriver. the screwdriver is either inserted or rubbed along the side depending on what you want to do Russ

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/27/2004 1:49 AM  

  • >202: This looks like one of many after market tools made to ream the bronze bushing inserts in Model T Ford front axle spindle bodies.

    Thanks for the reply.

    >201. looks also, by the last link that its missing some length. The ones I've seen usually handle 3" pipe.

    Yes, part of it is missing, probably just a few links.


    >206 is used to magnetise or demagnatise a screwdriver. the screwdriver is either inserted or rubbed along the side depending on what you want to do Russ

    This answer is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/27/2004 4:36 PM  

  • 203. could be a hand tool for "routing" the edges of wood. Looks like both end pieces have the same design, the bottom one looks like a blade & that depth is adjustable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2004 11:46 AM  

  • Re: 201,

    I install boilers in NYC.

    It's a site glass cutter. The site glass is a glass tube that allows a building engineer to view the water, oil or freon levels in various kinds of boilers, coolers, chillers, etc.

    It works the same as a cast iron (no-hub) cutter. You place it at the length you want, wrap it around the glass tube and attach the loose end to a catch on the opposite side of the lever. You slowly apply pressure and turn until the glass snaps at the desired length.

    Hope I learned ya. :)

    RC of NYC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2004 12:36 PM  

  • >203. could be a hand tool for "routing" the edges of wood. Looks like both end pieces have the same design, the bottom one looks like a blade & that depth is adjustable.

    This answer is close, but it wasn't made for woodworking.


    >Re: 201,
    I install boilers in NYC.
    It's a site glass cutter...

    Thanks for the info. I found one almost just like mine that confirms your answer, second from the bottom on this site:

    http://store.yahoo.com/wantasub1/tubetools.html

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/29/2004 3:31 PM  

  • 209 - Staples.
    210 - A file

    204 - You say most people would recognize a typewriter, but they are not familiar to an entire generation of children.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/03/2004 3:37 PM  

  • >209 - Staples.

    Correct, although you probably mean 208


    >210 - A file

    Yes

    >204 - You say most people would recognize a typewriter, but they are not familiar to an entire generation of children.

    True, but I don't think I get very many children here.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/04/2004 1:55 PM  

  • 201 - glass cutter
    204 - typewriter strikers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/09/2004 2:16 AM  

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