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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Papaw on November 10, 2018, 08:46:56 PM

Title: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: Papaw on November 10, 2018, 08:46:56 PM
In an email I received today-
"I am trying to research a Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise, but it has an unusual handle that doesn't appear in any of my searches.  Moreover, on one side the tool is marked with the usual Lowell stamps, but the other is marked "MADE BY THE HULL & BELDEN CO., DANBURY, CONN."


Are you folks familiar with this tool and the markings?  Also, can you tell me when it was manufactured?


Many thanks for your assistance.


George Short"

Lancaster, New Hampshire
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: papadan on November 10, 2018, 09:14:44 PM
I don't know anything about it, but would love to have one like it. ;-)
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: Yadda on November 10, 2018, 10:38:26 PM
+1
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: gibsontool on November 11, 2018, 09:19:08 AM
+2
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: Papaw on November 11, 2018, 09:48:43 AM
Patent # 166553 is for an improvement that added a sleeve to protect the threads. The image is missing from the patent, but Datamp has an image loaned to them. It is still not the same handle as yours.
http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?pn=166553&id=12633 (http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?pn=166553&id=12633)

Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: Northwoods on November 11, 2018, 01:23:23 PM
That is one pretty tool.
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: papadan on November 11, 2018, 02:02:33 PM
I see 2 pretty tools and I want one of either one!
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: p_toad on November 11, 2018, 04:54:07 PM
why settle for one of either? :grin:
Title: Re: Lowell Wrench Co. hand vise
Post by: mikeswrenches on November 11, 2018, 05:54:13 PM
Maybe THE HULL & BELDEN CO., DANBURY, CONN." didn’t like Lowell's handle and decided to replace it with one of their own design.
I have one of the small Lowell's with 1/4 in. jaws and it would definitely be hard to hold. That larger handle would be a big improvement.

Mike