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Offline GMM

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Sears Tool
« on: July 14, 2020, 04:54:28 PM »
Trying to figure out what this is an its use. Only writing is SEARS on back of head. Probably cast iron. Grooved handle. 2 rolling interlocking teeth parts.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2020, 04:58:51 PM »
That is a common grinder stone dresser. One of the most often What's-its posted.

Grinding dressers are used to return a wheel to its original round shape (that is, to true it up), to expose fresh grains for renewed cutting action (including cleaning away clogged areas), or to make a different profile (cross-sectional shape) on the wheel's edge.
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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2020, 04:32:35 AM »
Interesting that it says Sears on it.  Very possibly a different Sears than the department store.
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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2020, 07:57:46 AM »
Thanks for the info.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2020, 08:32:13 AM »
Hello, Al. I found the same tool on ebay, owner says original box and instructions. It is also only marked SEARS, but the box is marked Sears, Roebuck, & Co.. I vaguely remember being in a Sears store and the salesperson telling me if it is only marked Sears, it could not be returned for warranty replacement. Only Craftsman marked ( hand) tools (mostly) were covered under warranty. The dresser, with expendable wheels, was probably an item they didn't want brought back to the store. Just my two cents, Lou

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2020, 11:49:02 AM »
I wonder how old it is.  Maybe it predates the Carftsman brand name.  I know they used the Sears name a lot on economy tools.  Just thinking this tool doesn't look like a cheaper tool, even though it does appear to have a rather narrow set of wheels. 
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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2020, 09:32:59 AM »
I wonder how old it is.  Maybe it predates the Carftsman brand name.  I know they used the Sears name a lot on economy tools.  Just thinking this tool doesn't look like a cheaper tool, even though it does appear to have a rather narrow set of wheels.
The Craftsman name goes back to 1927.  I don't know how old star wheel dressers are, but it seems unlikely this could be a pre-Craftsman tool.

These were pretty utilitarian tools - I can easily imagine it not earning the "Craftsman" badge.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2020, 03:25:13 PM »
The Sears name is somewhat recent, probably in the 60's-70's.  Early on was Dunlap as I remember, before WW-2 and right after.  Then I think Sears, and later Companion.  Sears was the cheaper line as were the others.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2020, 08:30:39 AM »
Was Fulton even before Dunlap?

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2020, 05:01:12 PM »
That I don't know, maybe someone else will chime in with that information.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2020, 06:23:15 PM »
Per Alloy Artifacts the Fulton brand was used by Sears starting as early as 1908. Dunlap was trademarked by Sears in 1938, but they started using it as early as 1937.
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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2020, 04:40:18 PM »
Poor Roebuck. Lost and forgotten.

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Re: Sears Tool
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2020, 12:40:48 AM »
Dunlap ended around 1960. Many of the same tools started being marketed as Sears after that.
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