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Old 09-04-2009, 09:06 AM
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Kennedy tool box lock

I just latched onto a perfectly good Kennedy machinist's tool chest, looks like new except the lock has been drilled out. I have not looked for a lock yet but I assume they are available and if I can find one this thing will look as if it just came out of the box, I got it for the whopping big price of $2 at a yard sale.

The point of this post is to say that real bargains on tools can be found at yard sales and it seems lately that there is more and more of this happening. The lady who was selling the box had already sold all of the tools it contained and I can't help but wonder what was in there and what it was sold (given away) for.



BTW, suggestions on a good place to find the lock would be appreciated too!
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Mcmaster Carr (find them on the web) is my choice for finding items like that toolbox lock..good place to start anyway. Another place is Austin hardware as they have a good inventory and will sell you one if you need it.

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Wow, no kidding what could have been in that box? One has to wonder why they didn't just go ahead and buy the box also. Several mechanics where I used to work had those, and they are super nice boxes. You made out like a bandit.

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I just envision a nice set of starrett mics and maybe a really nice mag base and dial indicator or something else along those lines going for only a buck or two , that lady didn't have a clue as to what this stuff was and didn't seem to care! A while back I picked up a 12" Stanly adjustable wrench which still had the cardboard label slipped onto the handle for $1, I know a Stanly is a cheap wrench but for $1 ? At the same sale I got 3 Nicholson 12" files, two brand new and one slightly used, for $.50 for the new ones and $.35 for the used one, needless to say I love yardsales!
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Stop in to the local locksmith shop and pickup a 5/8 cam lock and put in in, should cost about $5 or $6 bucks. Good deal on the box
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Stop in to the local locksmith shop and pickup a 5/8 cam lock and put in in, should cost about $5 or $6 bucks. Good deal on the box
Most locksmiths don't carry stuff for Kennedys. You can order locks direct from Kennedy though.

Oldred........ I also have a few around as I rekeyed all my Kennedys the same. Do you have the straight latch on the backside, or is it the one that is hooked? I be more than happy to send you one if you need it. I think I have a couple here at home and a few more at work.
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I have the one that is hooked and the straight ones have been all I have found so far but I have not tried to order direct from Kennedy yet.
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Don't know about new boxes but the older 526's have hooked latches and Kennedy will be the best bet imo. They are great boxes but they are made for precision tools and are not made to support heavy tools.
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Get ahold of Kennedy cust serv and see what they can do... they're very helpful. I have 3 of their toolboxes (top/mid/lower storage) that I picked up a few yrs back. They were able to i.d. the year of the boxes and were able to offer services like upgrading the sliders to ball bearing etc.
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