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Old 08-24-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Old Craftsman Ratchet Found

Can anyone identify the apprx. year of this old wreck? The top says CRAFTSMAN and the bottom says FORGED IN U.S.A. If there were any part #s they are gone now. I know I can exchange this, do I wan't to?
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Old Craftsman Ratchet Found

It is a Craftsman made by Plomb. Probably from the 1940"s. The other 2 ratchets in the picture are war era Plomb. Same ratcheting mechanism.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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Wow thanks, mine looks like the shiny one in your collection, 1/2 drive. The reverse lever on mine is broke though.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Old Craftsman Ratchet Found

I believe that to be a mid-1940s Plomb-manufactured ratchet. There was actually a thread within the past few days showing its similarities to the "Wright Field" Plombs manufactured during WWII.

I wouldn't trade it in, but my interests might be different than yours. Personally, I'd give that thing a good cleaning & use it or keep it as an oddity! You will see examples on eBay periodically (they are relatively rare) and they typically fetch ~$20.

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Old 08-24-2008, 05:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: Old Craftsman Ratchet Found

Page with similar ratchets: http://alloy-artifacts.com/plomb-gallery-p3.html
Yours looks like a good candidate for
http://www.evapo-rust.com/
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:20 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, unfortunatly I can't use use it because the reverse lever is broke and the drive just spins around (would love to though-impress the hell outta the guys at work). I guess I'll just hang onto it for relics sake.
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Default Re: Old Craftsman Ratchet Found

MachineTech,
The ratchets in the picture aren't mine, just some handy reference shots I found on e-bay a while back. The ratchets in the picture are 3/8". I have a 3/8" Craftsman ratchet just like the one in the picture that was my Dads. I would like to have a 1/2" to match it. If you ever decide to sell or trade yours just PM me.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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I've got a 1/2 and 3/8 like that one. You are correct your lever is broken off- missing. It will be tough to get parts for it, but not impossible. I'd keep it for collecting sake.
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