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Old 05-24-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default TRW brand tools.

I know I've probably messed up on the search. But I couldn't find any thing.

Who made and who sold the TRW branded tools? I found a couple of TRW sockets in one of the drawers today and I have no ideal about them.
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I tried searching once on here for TRW and got nothing, I think it's because it's only 3 letters. I'd also like to know who made their wrenches as I have a few. They seem to be decent but a little clunky and not well balanced.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I was kinda wondering who made them as well. I have a TRW wrench or two somewhere. They remind me of C-man wrenches IIRC.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:42 AM   #4
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I tried searching once on here for TRW and got nothing, I think it's because it's only 3 letters.
Try searching under Taiwanese Ratcheting Wrench.
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Old 05-25-2008, 02:28 AM   #5
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Try searching under Taiwanese Ratcheting Wrench.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:31 AM   #6
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I looked on Alloy Artifacts, but I couldn't find anything. i could've sworn that here was an article that had to do with TRW on there at one time... maybe I am wrong and am thinking of something else.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:40 AM   #7
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Try this link: http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...t=trw+williams
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:23 AM   #8
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I thought TRW made chassis parts
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:36 AM   #9
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TRW sold off its hand tool business in 1984; found this short article about the sale:
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:10 AM   #10
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Yeah, TRW was one of those strange companies that had businesses in many different areas. It used to be that they were best know for their credit reporting bureau that became Experian when they spun it into an independent company. Back in the cold war, my mother worked for their Ballistic Missile Division. Into the early 90s they were working on an intercontinental ballistic missile system that had underground trains that could move nuclear missiles around so the country so the commies could not destroy them on the ground. Their aerospace group was bought by Northrop.
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:34 AM   #11
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

dxdexter I knew I had seen it some where on this site. But multiple searches in multiple styles came up empty.

The TRW sockets I have are a average quality USA product. A bit chunky but they work OK.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:03 AM   #12
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I have a couple of wrenches I picked up somewhere along the way. Raised beam....a lot like a Craftsman.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:43 PM   #13
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TRW owned Wiliams when they were in Buffalo, NY on Vulcan street, Williams also sold tools on trucks by the name of Vulcan tools. TRW brand was made to sell to the Automotive type of market as Williams was mainly sold as industrial market tools. Williams fell on hard times and the whole thing went away in tight times as Vulcan went under TRW brand never caught on and Snap-on bought the whole thing and only the southern factory made as they just left the Buffalo factory to rot away with old out of date tooling still in the building too much trouble to remove or scrap.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:58 PM   #14
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

Actually Elroy has several TRW "tools". None being actual wrenches

[IMG]TRW Pipe Tap[/IMG]

Unless you consider this to be a "wrench":

[IMG]TRW Tap[/IMG]

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By the way, That Tap "wrench" is only good for a 1/4" tap MAX. Maybe that is where they get the "No. 4"
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:39 PM   #15
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The original plan for the MX missile, now called the Peace Keeper, was for them to move around on an underground rail system.

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Old 05-26-2008, 11:19 AM   #16
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Actually Elroy has several TRW "tools". None being actual wrenches

[IMG]TRW Pipe Tap[/IMG]

Unless you consider this to be a "wrench":

[IMG]TRW Tap[/IMG]

[IMG]Photobucket[/IMG]

By the way, That Tap "wrench" is only good for a 1/4" tap MAX. Maybe that is where they get the "No. 4"
Wow... those are some really nice, clean, tight looking tools!
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:37 PM   #17
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I used to work for TRW back in the '70's. TRW purchased JH Wiliams tools in Buffalo as one poster said. Williams also made the Craftsman line of tools. I have an original 3/4 socket set from JH Williams in the original metal box. It was my Grandfather's who lived in Buffalo.

The tap and tap wrenches displayed were made by Greenfied Tap and Die in Greenfield MA purchased by TRW in the early '70's.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:57 PM   #18
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

used to get TRW tools in the parts plus store and got them really cheap at the englishtown swap meet
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Williams also made the Craftsman line of tools.
That should be "Williams also contributed to the Craftsman line of tools."

AFAIK, Williams only made the "dogbone" and some adjustable wrenches for Craftsman.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:15 PM   #20
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

I have a TRW wrench I bought long ago at a used tool place. Looks just like a Craftsman raised panel. Recently bought a TRW socket at the flea. Has no country on it but I think it is the same TRW because the font is the same.

Long time ago I asked on the Craftsman tool message board why the wrench looks the same as a Craftsman. Someone had a good answer that made sense. I forget the story.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:13 PM   #21
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Default Re: TRW brand tools.

If we pool all our tools together, we might get a partial set! I have a 5/16" combo.

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