Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

Turner Industries Ltd Tools

The Turner story had a lifespan of only 35 years. It began in April 1935 and closed on the 30th of November 1970, when Stanley Titan acquired the business, and either absorbed or ceased to manufacture the Turner products from that date.

In 1935, Rene William Turner aged 27 years, formed a small company, trading as "Moderne Handles Company" in Chapel Street in South Yarra, Melbourne, with a staff of three people. By 1966, the Company, now named Turner Industries Ltd, employed 1100 people.

Turner acquired the patterns and details of its plane lines from Pope Products Ltd in Adelaide. The Pope (& Falcon) line of planes were a copy of the Stanley USA range. Turner redesigned the planes and introduced a unbreakable "Red Cellulose Acetate" front & rear handle, matching their screwdriver line. Some of the tools produced were as follows: screwdrivers, carpenters' planes, hammers, hacksaw frames, holesaws, levels, trimming knives, tape measures, washing machines, lawn mowers, clothes driers, air conditioners, locks and door furniture and garden tools.

The Turner Carpenters' plane product range was as follows:

Turner Planes No. 220 No. 4 No. 4 1/2 No. 5 No. 5 1/2 No. 6 No. 7


Thanks to Graeme Plaw & Rod Thomas for content of this page.

Tools and Trades Day

HTPAA's Tools and Trades Day is on July 7th 2018 9.00 am to 4.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall (Tool Sale location).
The 2018 Day features nine expert speakers who will discuss and demonstrate their tools in the trades of colonial cabinet making, coopering, jewelry making, harness making, the early mechanics tools, pattern making, plumbing and shipwright/sail making.
For more information see the Tool and Trade Day page.

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 8th July 2018 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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