June 20, 2010 AT 1:55 pm

10 Tools for Dad (and everyone else)

Maybe it’s me, but I feel modern ads just don’t compare to those from the past. So for Father’s Day I put together a list of “10 Tools for Dad (and everyone else)” from days gone by.

Thanks for the tip, Mr. Owl!

So many times I've found myself clinging precariously to the end of a threaded rod. Also, the world needs more Ironmongers.

Belt-drive FTW!

Tools at their best keep workmen (and workwomen) at their best -- It's true!

Hells yeah, Dremel!

Not exactly a tool, but I had to include it because... I mean... what the HELL is that THING!?!

Wow. This guy REALLY likes that soldering iron.

Saving the best for last. This guy knows precisely who he is.

I’ll leave you with the image of thorough contentment that is “that guy on his lawnmower”. Happy Father’s Day!

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  1. I’m pretty sure the single-wire electric fence is a single wire earth retrun (SWER) system, it uses the ground (dirt) as one of the conductors and puts a few kV on the wire to shock people and animals.

  2. I have that same exact Weller soldering iron laying around here somewhere!

  3. Thank you very much, I now know what a Mole Wrench is! I first came across the term in an old Smiths manual for an English car. If you can get your hands on one, a Smith’s manual is pretty amazing in layout and detail, only surpassed by the factory manuals themselves.

    Anyway, for one of the operations, they recommended a Mole Wrench. I ransacked the manual looking for pictures, but obviously like the American Style of this lever locking plier known as a “Vice Grip” is so well known here, the same goes in England and so saying “use a Mole Wrench or similar tool” needs just as much explanation as “while removing nut, place your hand under spindle to catch the loose bearings”.

  4. Now that I live in Canada, I had completely forgotten about the original word that I had learnt for locking pliers, until I saw “mole wrench” which instantly brought back memories of fixing things with my mum.

  5. That Weller soldering runs $8bucks. I think I paid 7-8 times that. Inflation. Very cool page! (oh and I used your verification last night at 3am to figure out a resistor. Rock)

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