A look at early Power Tools made by Australian-based companies with some imported items as well.
Australia had a number of manufacturer's of portable powered hand tools, going back to the beginning of portable tool manufacture.
The HTPAA has made a collection of these tools to preserve some examples for the historic record. many have come from member and we thank members and others who have made donations.
The majority of these tools are designed for approximately 240 Volts A/C 50 cycle power sources. A few can be used with both A/C and D/C power sources and rarely we find one made for 12 Volt power, both A/C & D/C.
Other tools and makers to follow when photography completed.
Electrical Tool Makers of the examples tools shown include:
Bentley, Black & Decker, Desoutter, ELECTRIX, HOLZ-HER, Jamec, K.B.C, LESTO, LIGHTBURN, Metabo, Millers Falls, Sher<, SKILL SHER, Sidchrome, Stanley and Wolf.
Black & Decker cordless drill with charger
Black and Decker - ⅜ inch 2 Speed Drill - Cat No CP4 V/LX (240V 1.65 amps)
Black & Decker - Heavy Duty ¼ inch Electric Drill (USA)
Black & Decker - Orbital Sander - Black & Decker (A'Asia) P/L, Croydon, Victoria, Australia
Black & Decker - (Drill) Router Type 5. No load speed 22,00 rpm - Black & Decker (A'Asia) P/L, Australia
Black & Decker - Utility ¼ inch Electric Drill
This example generously donated by Kevin Howard (member).
Black & Decker - Utility model - Harmondsworth ??? USA
Black & Decker 8" Heavy Duty Saw - MIDDLX England
Black & Decker - Screw Driver & Socket Wrench - Black & Decker Ltd. Slough, Bucks England
Black & Decker - Model DNJ52, 2 speed, 10mm Electric Drill - Box packaging.
Images courtesy of Andres Miglio in Argentina.
Black & Decker - Model DNJ52, 2 speed, 10mm Electric Drill. Made in England
Images courtesy of Andres Miglio in Argentina.
Bentley belt sander attachment for electric drills
DC Electric Tool circa 1980
Stanley hand held DC electric tool showing controller attached. These tools are used in vehicle manufacture and often attached to articulating arms. Other manufactures supplying these tools include Atlas Copco and Ingersoll Rand. (ref G Plaw)
Desoutter Drill Gun Type R1
Desoutter Screw Gun
Made by ELECTRIX Ltd Dagenham, England
HOLZ-HER - Karl M Reich Nortingen - HOLZ-HER NK645
Jamec - Electric 2 Speed Unit ¼" Heavy Duty Drill - JAMEC Co (Made in Australia)
Note attachments and tools for fitting of same.
K.B.C. - K C Bowes & Co Ltd, Drill
Serial No 17038
K.B.C. Drill, unmarked, probably earlier than the other shown (Serial No 17038)
K.B.C Chief, 2000 rpm
KBC 5 & Circular saw attachment - version 1
KBC - K C Bowes & Co Ltd 5" Circular Saw Attachment - version 2
KBC Drill Stand for horizontal work
LESTO Swiss drill
Lightburn 3/8" dual speed drill
Lightburn 5/16" high speed drill
Lightburn Hacksaw Attachment
Early Metabo 1/4" drill
This drill has a massive amount of torque for a 1/4 inch size.
Millers Falls Belt Sander
Catalog 840 4" belt sander - Model CA use 4" x 21" belt
Skil SHER Drill
Skill Sher 3/8" Dual Speed, 12 Volt Drill
Skil Cordless Drill
Sher Heavy Duty 1/4" Drill
Skil SHER Jig Saw Attachment for Electric Drills
SHER Jigsaw Drill Attachment
Skil SHER Powermatic 3/8" Dual Speed Drill
SHER Rotary Sander Drill Attachment
SHER Orbital Sander
Skil SHER 5" saw attachment
SHER 5" Saw Attachment
Skil SHER 3/8" Snaplock Drill Model 98
Formation of Skil SHER
Stanley Model 803 Drill
Stanley Model 292 Router
Stanley Heavy Duty Sabre Saw
Stanley 7" Portable Circular Saw
Stanley Portable Circular Saw - very early model
Notes: Looks like Model W7 or W8, both were similar and made originally by Stanley-Carter, later Stanley Power Tools USA circa 1950-1960 - G. Plaw.
Wolf Safetymaster Drill
Images courtesy Andres Miglio in Argentina
Wolf Sapphire Model 3926 Drill, 1/2"/13mm capacity in original tote
Images courtesy Andres Miglio in Argentina.
Wolf Sapphire Model 3926 Drill - label
Wolf Sapphire Model 3926 Drill - packaging
Wolf Sapphire 73 2-speed Drill, 3/8" capacity in original tote
Sidchrome 13mm Drill Model 506
Made in Australia by Siddons Ltd
Some examples of pneumatic power tools operating on compressed air.
Pneumatic Power Tools
A prototype Sidchrome Model 1400P pneumatic impact driver. This model was never released.
Information and image courtesy G Plaw.
Sidchrome Australia 1600P Air Tool - Operation Guide
Stanley D-30 Portable Air Tool - Pistol Grip - Chuck capacity 1/2"
Typical Stanley Brand Air Tool. Not manufactured in Australia - ex USA. Sold By Stanley Air Tools in Australia to industrial companies ( in particular car and truck manufacturing). There were many hundreds of individual models.
Sold in Australia from 1978 and continues today in modern forms (many are now battery operated and made as precision fastening tools).
This range includes DC electric tools. (Source G Plaw)
Stanley Bostich Pneumatic Coil Nailer N76C
This range of tools was made in USA and sold in Australia, however the fasteners or nails were made in Australia by Bostich in Sydney. (Information and image courtes G Plaw)
Stanley A33 Series Right Angle Nutsetter
Air operated with CT clutch giving precise torque control. 6 models 15-68Nm. Made USA and sold in Australia to car and truck manufacturers. (Sourc G Plaw)
Sidchrome 1600P/2000P Manual
Sidchrome Australia made Air Tools in two models: 1600P & 2000P. Made at Heidelberg, Victoria from 1972-75 (Source and image courtesy G Plaw)
Here are examples of a large range of hydraulic tools used in Government, emergency services, construction, marine, tree trimming etc.
Hydraulic power tools
Stanley Hydraulic Drill
Stanley Hydraulic Tool / Drill 3/4"drive. Made in USA and sold in Australia.
(Image © Graeme Plaw)
Stanley Hydraulic Saw
Stanley Hydraulic Cut-Off Saw - CO23 14" wheel size. Made in USA and sold in Australia. (Image © Graeme Plaw)
The majority of these tools pictured are from the HTPAA Australian and General Tool Collections, with additional pictures supplied by members.
The HTPAA welcomes any additional information, pictures and ephemera relating to these makers or any other Australian makers.
The HTPAA welcomes any additional information, pictures and ephemera relating to these tools or any other Australian Makers.
Contact the Australian Collection Curator.