Originally Posted by boothboy
Very interesting tool. I guess you would have to call it a "locking" wrench as apposed to a pair of "locking" pliers. It has some of the qualities simular to a pair of vice grips (patented by William Petersen in De Witt, Nebraska in 1924). It has a pair of pliers like gripping jaws that are adjusted by a lead screw. To be classified as a set of pliers a tool has to have two handles. A wrench has only one. Whats neat about this tool is that it can be adjusted with a wrench, a socket, or a tee handle bar. The question is who made if and when? Did this develop from Petersen's Vise Grips or the other way around?
Great tool! I've never seen one like it!
The other way around..That tool is the very first patented tool made and sold by Petersen, patented in 1921..Look here
He sold them out of the trunk of his car, to farmers and shops. In 1924 he added the over center locking handle, then in 1957 the locking handle release was added, which became the tool we all know and love today...Sorry the picture is crappy, but it does say VISE GRIP "PAT"D on the handle.. The side has S.P.W.Co, Dewitt, Nebr stamped in it..I bought it for 5 dollars from a guy who has a used tool truck that comes by the shop...
haha, Yes Brian, these days, I am a hit and run guy..Periods of introversion mark my life story, if I was an artist I'd be considered mysterious and aloof, but as that's not the case, I'm just antisocial..haha Been working at a pretty diverse shop in Morgan Hill, doing some neat things..Wiring, hardware installs, suspension work, fab work..the kind of work I trick people into thinking I'm good at..And I'm learning stuff from those guys too..So far I've done 4 LSX motor swaps, 2 actually run..haha 1 LS3/T56 from a GTO into a 68 Camaro, an LS2/4L60 in a 63 Corvette roadster,(customer dropped out for a while with a stroke, so we backed off), a 5.3L truck motor/4L60 in a 78 Cadillac "San Remo" Convertible, (another trivia piece, I keep expecting to see John Travolta come in wearing his "Saturday Night Fever" duds to check on his disco car) and a EROD/4L60 in a 78 Jaguar XJ6..Both of the newer cars are to be smog legal..