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06-09-2015 03:58 AM

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Found this little gem in the bottomof a tool box i picked at a yard sale over the weekend.

Not all that big, seems to fit a 1/2” nut, or bolt. There is a cat. no. 199-5, a “1/2”, a diamond, and the word IMPERIAL stamped into one side..

This side has “CHICAGO USA” and a patent number. Hard to read, looks like “2814225” maybe?

There is more to this little gem

Both halves are spring-loaded. They will close with a snap. They seem to act as a ratchet action. Depending on which way you put this on a nut, or bolt, it will ratchet.

Any ideas out there about who made these? Was there more than one size? Nifty little gadget, though….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use


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#1 posted 06-09-2015 04:40 AM

I’m thinking line wrench.

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 12:56 PM

In 1956, a Morley Mann invented this wrench. Patent does not say who made it for him. From Lombard,ILL.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 01:51 PM

That makes sense, Bondo. 1/2”, prolly for copper lines i.e auto A/C lines or such.
Though an open end wrench would be as good.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 01:56 PM

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 03:55 PM

Does the diamond have an I in the middle?

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 04:01 PM

yep

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#7 posted 06-09-2015 05:14 PM

Over at Saw Mill Creek….I have been told this does not belong in a Hand Tool Forum??/

OK

Just how do you use a wrench without your hands being on it? besides, this wrench is almost 60 years old. Might even be older than the one complaining about it ” Not being a neanderthal woodworking tool…”

Very narrow minded over there….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 06-09-2015 05:24 PM

The company Imperial (Diamond with an I) still makes tools for air conditioning work. A ratcheting line nut wrench would be very handy in tight quarters.

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 08:30 PM

Looks very similar to this “ratcheting line wrench” from Proto

line wrench

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#10 posted 06-10-2015 06:54 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the knowledge and helpfulness of the guys and gals on LJs.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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