Tools and Gear
Crazy Tool Ads From 1951
Dangerous products and fantastic claims; ya gotta love these vintage ads!
Is this a good deal?
At first glance, $46.50 seems a pretty fair price for a Tilt Arbor Saw (aka table saw). But never forget to read the fine print, people: “Less extensions, switch and motor.” No motor? I’m guessing there were at least a few unboxing disappointments with this bad boy. Never before- SO MUCH DECEPTION, for SO LITTLE MONEY!
All for $5.85!
At first, I thought it was just the magnet organizer, but “A carefully selected trio…” is also included. That’s a pretty good deal. Although I’m not sure what a “tool house” is.
This is a lot of tool for under $15. I’m dubious that the blower on this machine is useful enough to be categorized as “1” of the “4” tools. I’ll give it a 1/2. And why did they call it a “jig saw” when it looks like a scroll saw? At least this tool actually comes with a motor and a switch.
A 2000-deg. torch without an off-switch, strapped to the end of a toothbrush, what could go wrong? I wonder how many houses burnt down before they pulled this fire-hazard-nightmare from the shelves? Admittedly, however, if these tablets were still available I would absolutely have a box of them in my shop. Not sure what I would use them for- probably some practical joke that I would later regret.
Apparently selling tools without motors was a thing back in 1951. The Speedy Spray 444 can be powered with an electric motor or gas engine.
Wait a minute…
I thought Tim Leatherman invented the first multi-tool with a pliers. Says here that this one was made by famous French craftsmen (who shall remain nameless). Seems fishy…
Metal is scarce!
Metal is so scarce that they couldn’t afford to cover up the electric motor’s copper coil windings. I’m thinking it might be best to skip the “mixing” process with this electric work kit. Remember kids: liquids + electricity = no good.
After seeing this guy getting conked in the head with a flying board, you’re darn right I’m buying a PTI Original Safety Blade. After all its, “tested and approved by leading laboratories, government agencies, and industrial concerns.” I’m thinking the “government agencies” might just be a brother-in-law who works for the post office? Hmmmm.