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04-30-2013 10:06 PM
GypsyR A TWICE resurrected dead thread! Somebody come back in four years and wake it up again.
04-28-2013 08:41 AM
Originally Posted by BigMo View Post
alll of my craftsman plastic handled tools (mostly screw and nut drivers) stink or have a weird smell to them.....i attribute it to stuff on the skin getting on the handles or degradation of the plastic over time, cuz some of the tools are close to 40 yrs old now.....but wrenches and metal stuff? never stink
It's the type of plastic the handles are made from. There's not much you can do to get rid of the smell. When I was in Tool & Die, I had a bench mate that sat right beside me. In the morning, as soon as he opened his toolbox, you could smell it. One drawer he had was nothing but his plastic handles tools. Good Lord it's a smell that you don't forget for sure.

I've tried all sorts of stuff to get the smell off of the handles from wiping them down with alcohol, to wax and grease remover, to tossing some in the dishwasher. Anything you do is only temporary.
04-28-2013 08:18 AM
gearheadslife dip then on use rear end gear oil. that fix it.
04-28-2013 07:07 AM
BigMo alll of my craftsman plastic handled tools (mostly screw and nut drivers) stink or have a weird smell to them.....i attribute it to stuff on the skin getting on the handles or degradation of the plastic over time, cuz some of the tools are close to 40 yrs old now.....but wrenches and metal stuff? never stink
04-27-2013 09:52 PM
killeratrod 8 year old thread come on man! new topic for the come on man thread
04-27-2013 09:50 PM
327NUT Does anyone read the dates on these posts???? the op asked this question in '04 !! Then 302 Z28 commented on it being an old post.....and the hits just keep coming.
04-27-2013 07:46 PM
teach123 I've been married twice and the tools of both my husbands stink the same! I've read the "don't close them up" advice and I don't think that's it. The last husband's tools were in a clean cabinet in a clean laundry room in an open tray, and they stank the same as the first husband's tools in a tool box--same awful smell.
08-10-2009 10:31 AM
61bone Sometimes things need to be brought back up.
I had the same problem when I lived in New Orleans. I cloroxed all the tools and got rid of all the drawer liners and anything else plastic. Sprayed the box with a fungicide and that cured it as long as I did it about every 3 months.
08-10-2009 07:17 AM
Originally Posted by Sandflea427SS
lacquer thinner for the metal and PPG DX330 for everything that has plastic????
Ah lacquer thinnier it can remidey about anything.
08-10-2009 06:48 AM
302 Z28 This thread is OLD, please check the last post date before replying.

08-10-2009 04:54 AM
tools that stink

Here is the definitive answer to most tools:
The smell of the Xcelite screwdriver handles is because they are made of a plastic known as cellulose butyrate. One of the components of that is butyric acid, which is the stench of rancid butter and vomit. So that's why they smell, decomposition. I've smelled real butyric acid, and oh my god does it stink to high heaven. (My high school chemistry teacher used some to punish some after-hours users of his classroom who left it a mess. Whole wing of the school stunk for weeks. PU!) I have a small Xcelite toolkit in a blow-molded case. We call it the "baby vomit toolkit."
By the way, I did soak them in Clorox overnight and the smell is still there. Its the Plastic that stinks.
12-18-2005 10:44 AM
Originally Posted by Deuce
When I lived in Charleston SC........the capitol of Heat & Humidity..........a friend who worked at a salvage yard had the same problem.

He put ALL of his tools in a plastic bucket filled with Clorox.

It killed everything bad.............Cheap too......

Common Sense reigns... !!!!!!!!!
12-18-2005 09:23 AM
I don't need no stinking tools....

If you find its the Craftsman tools - plastic handles or otherwise - take them back to the store and get replacements. They are lifetime guaranteed and if the smell is so bad you can't use them then I would call that a warrantable condition.
12-18-2005 07:40 AM
don't let your wife know

I have ran my tools through the family dish washer when my wife has gone shopping for several hours. Take them out and spray them down with Gibbs oil when done or they will rust in the crome chips. DON'T let your honey know or she'll cope an attitude. I know!
01-16-2004 04:20 PM
dinger Fabric softener sheets in the bottom of the trays to stink everything up real purty. Dan
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