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Old 11-21-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Lesota: The Truth

I never had, until today. Two sockets is all I have. They seem to be of quite good quality...the fractional numbering is scripted oddly, I think.

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Old 11-21-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lesota: Anyone Evere Heard of Them?

Never heard of them before, and I've looked through a ton of old sockets along the way. I would bet they are some kind of government contract tools or something.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:57 AM   #3
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Hmmm...do these look similar to you guys?

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Old 11-22-2009, 09:20 AM   #4
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Cool. That's a brand that I've never seen.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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I will have an update on this topic within a week. Since there is ZERO info on Lesota on AA or anywhere else that I can find, I'm excited to have a new tidbit to contribute. Stay tuned, you lover of oddballs!
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I've heard of them and have seen them but no almost nothing about them, I saw some old Lesota power tools at an estate sale, they also had a beautiful Duro (Indestro) Table saw as well, looked like new, was very tempted.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #7
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The connection between Truth and Lesota has been firmly established.

In two of the pics, you can see the underside of the handles, where the brand names are stamped. On the Truth, the name is stamped atop a raised pad. On the Lesota, the stamp is in the same exact place but in a scallop that has been made into the handle. That might be a clue as to which was the parent company. I assume Truth is the parent/actual manufacturer since it is the better-known brand of the two.













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Old 03-05-2010, 12:03 AM   #8
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Truth later become Owatonna Tool Company or OTC did they not ?
Yes, that is correct. 1950-ish, as I recall.
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Bull are you collecting Lesota tools now? I swear I have seen a bunch of them in various bins on days when I was motivated enough to do some digging. I can scoop them up for you if you want.
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The lesota ratchet looks likes it was finished better.
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Those are some nice ratchets.
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For some reason, only on appearance those look to be the grandfathers to Craftsman ratchets. Not that they are, but just the finish alone makes me think that.

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I did a quick search and the Lesota Tool Co. was in Alber Lea where ever that is at. Minnesota I believe. It must have been a major player back in the 40's and 50's
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I did a quick search and the Lesota Tool Co. was in Alber Lea where ever that is at. Minnesota I believe. It must have been a major player back in the 40's and 50's
Yes, I read that somewhere, too. I have one universal joint that is stamped "Albert Lea," and I'd like to know if that's yet another tool company from that town or a part of a larger company or what.

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The connection between Truth and Lesota has been firmly established.
That's good info, Bull! I've only heard of Lesota on this forum...

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Truth was acquired by OTC; that is, the company wasn't simply re-named...
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I found some spotty info that LeSota Tool Co. was an implement store that started handling tools in the 30ies. Albert Lea is close to Owatana where OTC is at. I'm guessing this would require local investigation.
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My dad and I each have a Lesota combination wrench set. They are identical to my Barcalo wrenches. I beleive that most, if not all of Lesota's manufacturing was farmed out to other tool companies. My dad did say that there used to be a guy that would drive from farm to farm selling Lesota tools in the 50's and 60's, much like modern day Snap-On. Incedently, my dad's set is missing the 9/16, if anyone knows where I could find one....
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