1314Views9Replies

Author Options:

Can anyone help identify an old tool? Answered


I got this in a box of old things. Can anyone tell me what it is?

Tags:oldtool

9 Replies

user
KryptoniteBest Answer (author)2010-06-05

orksecurity me to it, it's a 100% electricity free soldering iron! For use, just grind back the rust and put it in a fire / under a propane torch, and use a rod of solder. Only for metal work, not for electronics and other small applications of solder.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Burf (author)Kryptonite2010-06-05

Exactly right. I have one almost identical to that one in a box of old tools that belonged to my dad. I've also got the gasoline fired blow torch he used to heat it up. He used it mostly to solder/weld lead flashing together for roofs and around chimneys.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kryptonite (author)Burf2010-06-06

I used to use it for making metal sculptures and ornaments.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user

Thank you! That probably explains why it has melted bits of plastic on it. It seems large and clumsy though.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user

It's not really that bad if you get a bit of practice.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Kryptonite (author)Kryptonite2010-06-06

orksecurity beat me to it*

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
caarntedd (author)2010-06-09

««««Here is a picture of one.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Quercus austrina (author)2010-06-06

Yep, you guys have it right, old heat 'em up by fire soldering iron. My grandfather had one. Used it in his plumbing job.

Qa

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
orksecurity (author)2010-06-05

Looks to me like an old soldering iron, of the heat-it-in-a-fire variety...?

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer