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tom upton
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anyone know the idea/purpose of female drive ratchet? This one is 1/4 inch , well made (Husky) and nice fine ratchet. looks old to me, but not sure of vintage.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got one of those at a flea market a few months ago. Not sure how old it is but it works great
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Your photo isn't clear, if the hole is 4-sided it could be a refrigeration valve wrench.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes 4 sides. So made exclusively for refrigeration valves?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Found this one yesterday. 1/2? square drive. J.H. Williams & Co. Buffalo, NY.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

we have some in our shop for different machine adj. we are a stamping shop making car parts and a lot of our mat'l feeds and straighteners that feed mat'l too our stamping presses use them to adj tension on rollers.



 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Many old English and Australian ratchet handles were like this , Britool [ British tool co. ] was one brand that made tools for use on Ferguson and other tractors , Dufor [ Duly Hansford co. ]was another .
A small square drive shaft fitted into the hole , the socket then fitted to the end of that . They were fiddly to use and were superseded by the more common ones sometime in the late 50's or early 60's . Some didn't have a reverse lever , to undo something you removed the drive shaft, flipped the handle and put it into the other side .
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:10 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As Charles in Aus says you are missing the square drive the socket snaps on. You pull it out and put it in the other side of the ratchet and it reverses. I have a couple of them hanging up but don't have a picture handy so I found a picture online. The square drive knob is sitting beside the ratchet.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:49 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Charles is right on the missing square drive stub, which would be similar to the Hex (not square) drive in your picture.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:45 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

possibly the Husky 5126?? 1930's-40's

good find!
made by new britain tools likely

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had an Industro 1/2" drive one it was great for adjusting the brakes on my ford 2n I kept it in the fender mounted tool box. I gave the tractor to my stepson so he is the proud owner of tractor and wrench.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I use a half inch drive one from chinese freight to adjust the deck height on my JD lawn tractor. The sockets are also open all the way through so the long bolt goes through and I can get to the nut that is 3 inches up the bolt.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:37 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dad had set like Kansas 4010 posted less rachet at bottom badged Western Auto. Also had a bunch of Indestro wrenchs and sockets all gone now.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey,Kansas!! I've got part of a set like yours with the stamped out ratchet and the Allen wrench breaker bar. Got it in late '60's/early '70's when I got my first Honda motorcycle.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: old ratchet Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it's square it could be for turning the valves on a/c compressors, think they were York like found on semi tractors and Ford cars.
 
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