480volt

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  1. R.J. Leahy Company in San Francisco.
  2. I'm looking to upgrade from the random collection of small round punches that I currently use and I'm leaning towards spending the long dollar on several new CSO #147 drive/saddler punches. I know there has been a long, slow decline in the quality of their products, but does anyone have actual, hands on experience with recent production examples of these? I know they will be dull as fence posts out of the box, what I really care about is the metallurgy and overall quality. I can deal with putting on an edge.
  3. I'm looking to upgrade from the random collection of small round punches that I currently use and I'm leaning towards spending the long dollar on several new CSO #147 drive/saddler punches. I know there has been a long, slow decline in the quality of their products, but does anyone have actual, hands on experience with recent production examples of these? I know they will be dull as fence posts out of the box, what I really care about is the metallurgy and overall quality. I can deal with putting on an edge.
  4. It seems there are a lot of 45k machines in use - in Australia. I know it was a successful model with a long production run and many subclasses, but you rarely see them up for sale here on the west coast of the US. Not all of the saddle makers here could have been using 97-10s, so why the scarcity of machines on the used market?
  5. Bob Douglas makes the best copper rivet setting tools. The finish and detail on all his tools is phenomenal. This is the full set, #8,9,10,12 & 14. One tool drives the burr, one tool peens the shank of the rivet and the last one domes the flat head on the opposite end of the rivet. I have a good lathe (Hardinge) and I couldn't buy the Stress-Proof bar stock, turn the diameter, radius the ends, bore, knurl, and polish all the surfaces for what he charges for these, about 60.00 for each 3-piece set.
  6. Bob Douglas makes the best copper rivet setting tools. The finish and detail on all his tools is phenomenal.
  7. Going to reply to my own post. Lee Douglas was kind enough to return my e-mail, and they are still in business, just don't have a web site. Contact them at: Bob and Lee DouglasDouglas Saddle Co.46 Wakeley RoadSheridan, WY 82801307-737-2222 Best of luck to them Ken
  8. With the closing of Sheridan Leather, has Bob Douglas retired from manufacturing tools, or will he still do business directly? I've tried emailing DSC tools, haven't received a reply yet. Thanks, Ken
  9. I'm sure this topic is just beating a horse long dead, but do any dealers out there specialize in new old-stock Singer industrial parts? Other than a few dusty, back-of-the-shelf finds, I'm sure most of the 111w class parts were exhausted decades ago, but what happened to the military surplus stocks?