Welcome to the The Garage Journal Board forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   The Garage Journal Board > The Tools > General Tool Discussion

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
ryan_289
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 204
Default Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

I recently aquired a set of Bonney metric wrenches and man are those things sweet. The best feeling wrenches I own! I also have an old set of 3/4 sockets and a breaker bar that belonged to my grandfather. These tools seem really well built tools. What caused them to be shut down??
ryan_289 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
billymade
Senior Member
 
billymade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 7,451
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Here is a quote from Alloy Artifacts; while it doesn't give the specific reason, it does give you basic info:
"In 1967 the Utica, Herbrand, and Bonney combined holdings were acquired by the Triangle Corporation, and operated for a number of years as the Utica Tools division of that company. Triangle Tool was later acquired by the Cooper Tools conglomerate, and the Bonney operations were discontinued sometime in the early 1990s."
For more Bonney history and pics of their tools; check out this link:
http://www.alloy-artifacts.com/bonney-forge-tool.html
__________________
"I can't stop buying those $1 Snap-On 1/2 wrenches!" Don't Worry Its OK, your NOT alone; tool addicts of the world UNITE!

Being able to reach into your rollaway and finding the right tool for any given situation/repair; is the ultimate power trip!
billymade is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 06-20-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
krusty the clown
Senior Member
 
krusty the clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: niangua, mo
Posts: 7,535
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

1995........
__________________

DEGENERATE Main Entry: 1de·gen·er·ate
Pronunciation: \di-ˈjen-rət, -ˈje-nə-, dē-\

Date: 15th century
1 a : having declined or become less specialized (as in nature, character, structure, or function) from an ancestral or former state b : having sunk to a condition below that which is normal to a type; especially : having sunk to a lower and usually corrupt and vicious state c : degraded 2
krusty the clown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
Uncle Buck
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 9,120
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by billymade View Post
Here is a quote from Alloy Artifacts; while it doesn't give the specific reason, it does give you basic info:
"In 1967 the Utica, Herbrand, and Bonney combined holdings were acquired by the Triangle Corporation, and operated for a number of years as the Utica Tools division of that company. Triangle Tool was later acquired by the Cooper Tools conglomerate, and the Bonney operations were discontinued sometime in the early 1990s."
For more Bonney history and pics of their tools; check out this link:
http://www.alloy-artifacts.com/bonney-forge-tool.html

There is your answer............."Triangle Tool was later acquired by the Cooper Tools conglomerate, and the Bonney operations were discontinued sometime in the early 1990s."

Cooper is really a lot like Stanley, buy a company, then kill em. Cooper SUCKS!
Uncle Buck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
-B-
Senior Member
 
-B-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northshore of Boston
Posts: 1,567
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Does your wrench set include an 8mm and 17mm ? It seems that it was always missing in any of the sets I see or looked at while they were in production.
-B- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
old salvage
Senior Member
 
old salvage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,467
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

A young Jedi named Darth Vader who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy American tool manufacturers.
He betrayed and murdered Bonney tools.
__________________
" You stop this illusion or I'll twist your head off "
Captain Pike
old salvage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #7
forceyoda
Senior Member
 
forceyoda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 579
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by old salvage View Post
A young Jedi named Darth Vader who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy American tool manufacturers.
He betrayed and murdered Bonney tools.
The Jedi had nothing to do with this one.
forceyoda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2009, 09:35 PM   #8
ryan_289
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 204
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by -B- View Post
Does your wrench set include an 8mm and 17mm ? It seems that it was always missing in any of the sets I see or looked at while they were in production.
The set I got started at 11mm. It went to 19mm. Im missing a 10mm and a 14mm to make a complete set of 10mm to 19mm.
ryan_289 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 06:30 AM   #9
Autoguy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Riyadh/Saudi Arabia
Posts: 401
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

The mm sets I have start from 7 to 19 mm including all the numbers you asked about. I paid just 60 dollars each in 1991 the wrenches feel smooth in your hand well made and with locRite box ends.
__________________
Autoguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 11:46 AM   #10
lbgradwell
Senior Member
 
lbgradwell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Oakville, ON
Posts: 4,159
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

I have an older "Outline" set from the mid-1960s that runs from 8mm through 14mm...





__________________
lbgradwell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 01:06 PM   #11
-B-
Senior Member
 
-B-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northshore of Boston
Posts: 1,567
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

You two quit teasing me it makes me want to get some and dump my S&K's.
-B- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 01:09 PM   #12
Uncle Buck
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 9,120
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by lbgradwell View Post
I have an older "Outline" set from the mid-1960s that runs from 8mm through 14mm...


[/IMG]
Those are some of my favorite wrenches of all time. I have a basic SAE set that goes to about 3/4" over my bench and they are usually the first wrenches I grab while working there. I like all Bonney wrenches, but that design in particular I consider a classic.
Uncle Buck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 02:14 PM   #13
philw
Senior Member
 
philw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 721
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Nice set! I would think metric in that style has to be rare.
It's a shame what Cooper did to these tool companies. They should have been able to compete with Danaher, MAC and Snap on. They had the facilities and the product they only needed competent management.
Companies like Cornwell and Wright are still in business and I don't believe they were ever as big as what Cooper had at one time.
philw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2009, 02:31 PM   #14
lbgradwell
Senior Member
 
lbgradwell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Oakville, ON
Posts: 4,159
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Buck View Post
Those are some of my favorite wrenches of all time... I like all Bonney wrenches, but that design in particular I consider a classic.
Quote:
Originally Posted by philw View Post
Nice set! I would think metric in that style has to be rare.
Thanks guys; I love the style too and I've never seen another set of metrics. I only wish they went all the way to 19mm...

And yes, Cooper has "disappeared" many a fine company.

Billings & Spencer
Barcalo Manufacturing
Bridgeport Hardware Manufacturing
Ferramentas Belzer do Brasil
Herbrand
Bonney

How's that for a list of carnage?!

And companies like Utica & Diamond Tool & Horseshoe - while still "existing" - are mere shells of their former selves...
__________________
lbgradwell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2009, 05:25 AM   #15
Autoguy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Riyadh/Saudi Arabia
Posts: 401
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

90s vintage bonney combination wrenches sets
Attached Images
File Type: jpg bonney.jpg (147.6 KB, 269 views)
__________________
Autoguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2011, 06:07 PM   #16
yio110
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 4
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Im looking to buy some bonney open end wrenches in big sizes if anyone know where i can find them let me know plz. Thanks guys
yio110 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2011, 06:11 PM   #17
slipjointed
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 665
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

It's shame when companies do this. IMO Bonney were some of the best wrenches ever made.

They take these wonderful American companies responsible for some of the best tools ever produced by mankind, and toss them aside like a child that's become bored with a toy.

It disgusts me.
slipjointed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #18
JimDon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 410
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Yio110,
SAE or Metrics? Have you checked the Harry Epstein site? They have a lot of Bonney stuff. Even an SAE wrench set that gets up there in size. Go to the closeout section, then go to B listing, click on and Bonney comes up. Check it out. I do know that their Bonney stuff is in excellent shape. Bought a sliding bar handle in 1/2 inch drive and it is a beauty.
Good luck with your search,
JimDon
JimDon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2011, 01:29 AM   #19
ddj1611
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

I have several Bonney wrenches for sale. open end, combo, box. Utica, Hunter, etc. contact drdouglas@cox.net
ddj1611 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2011, 02:00 AM   #20
ibedayank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Columbia TN
Posts: 2,164
Default Re: Why did Bonney Tools go out of business??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Buck View Post
There is your answer............."Triangle Tool was later acquired by the Cooper Tools conglomerate, and the Bonney operations were discontinued sometime in the early 1990s."

Cooper is really a lot like Stanley, buy a company, then kill em. Cooper SUCKS!
cooper and danaher combined to make apex tool group
guess who makes all the craftsman tools now....
ibedayank is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 AM.