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Offline Northwoods

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New Britain 3/8" ratchet
« on: August 12, 2018, 12:58:34 PM »
I dropped by (2 hour drive) the wrench auction someone mentioned the other day.  It was in Newton, Kansas.  Had a great time.  More KKutter, Perfect Handle, Eifel Plierench (I bought six) stuff there than I can mention.
Got some Craftsman BE and Snap-on sockets, a Sweetheart No. 12W Fray-type auger, a Billmont offset ratchet, a bunch of Hinsdale wrenches, and a little New Britain rat.  I am guessing that it is a modern version of this NB 40:

http://alloy-artifacts.org/Photos/tools/new_britain_38dr_nb40_ratchet_f_cropped_inset2.jpg

The seller here calls it a NB 41, and I see one listed in the ebay sold section bearing the NB 41 mark (along with some modern metric sockets ;-),  but I see no model number on mine except for the clear letters (N      O) above the selector switch. 

  https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/new-britain-vintage-3-8-ratchet

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Britain-3-8-Dr-Metric-Set-NB-41-Ratchet-19-17-14-13-12-11-10-Sockets-/282977208415?hash=item41e2c1885f%3Ag%3AcZwAAOSwIM9a9Rog&nma=true&si=mKUlcmIRLkgir1Qb%252BqmrHelxr2k%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Anyone see a date it in a post-war catalog?
« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 01:24:51 PM by Northwoods »
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Offline Yadda

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Re: New Britain 3/8" ratchet
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 01:49:31 PM »
"Eifel Plierench (I bought six)"


Singing my song.  When you get a chance post some pics!
You might say I have a tool collecting problem....

Offline mikeswrenches

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Re: New Britain 3/8" ratchet
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 02:26:52 PM »
"Eifel Plierench (I bought six)"


Singing my song.  When you get a chance post some pics!

Is the pipe cutter jaw a rare part? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the wild.

Mike

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Re: New Britain 3/8" ratchet
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 04:37:02 PM »
"Eifel Plierench (I bought six)"


Singing my song.  When you get a chance post some pics!

Is the pipe cutter jaw a rare part? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the wild.

Mike

Not really.  The rarer part is the V clip that helps keep pipe centered for use with the pipe cutter jaw. Most sets are missing the clip.
You might say I have a tool collecting problem....