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What is this tool? Answered

I ran across this in a toolbox I inherited and have no idea what it does? Anybody have any familiarity with this thing?

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Magdave
Magdave

3 months ago

DrTurtle I have the same .. just picked up at garage sale .. actually they gave me these at a few different tools but this one has me puzzled .. did you discover what they are for sure

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DrTurtle
DrTurtle

Reply 1 year ago

I looked at those... I do not think so. But thanks for the suggestion!

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Josehf Murchison
Josehf Murchison

Reply 1 year ago

Did you look under vintage

These are tire chain tools but they are almost the same, like this Rare Antique Automotive Tire Chain Tool,

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/716843349/rare-antique-automotive-tire-chain-tool

It is a chain tool the exact one is written on the side of the tool.

Here is one for trucks

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-linkmaster-truck-tire-chain-1797518889

This one looks almost the same.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-WEED-Tire-Chain-Pliers-Patent-Dates-1913-1915-Price-on-Tool-60-cents-/333148520555

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DrTurtle
DrTurtle

Reply 1 year ago

You are right, it does look a lot like those, but it is much smaller - only 6.25" total. I iwill look into that tool more. Thanks!

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BazA4
BazA4

1 year ago

I think it is a tool that has been modified from it's original shape and function.

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scottdoddga
scottdoddga

1 year ago

Are they hog ring pliers for installing the little 'hog rings' to secure chain link fencing??

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dvstar1100
dvstar1100

1 year ago

Could be old tile nippers ?

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spudgeorge008
spudgeorge008

1 year ago

Can you read the product code underneath the logo?

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DrTurtle
DrTurtle

Reply 1 year ago

Prosnip 007

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

1 year ago

I only know them in one size bigger but the purpose should be the same.
It is a crimping tool.
The big one is used for fencing and closes a piece of wire.
The tip is used to open the finnished and crimped ring while the center is used to make a well formed and sized ring.
Although have to say, the pic might be misleading in size - how long is it from end to end?
The fencing ones are about 30cm long...

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 1 year ago

On a second though:
If the "cutting" area is not flat but angled outwards, then it could as well be pliers to cut wire rope.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

1 year ago

I have just looked over the Wikipedia articles for, Pliers, Nipper(Tool), and Pincers(Tool),

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pliers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipper_(tool)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pincers_(tool)

but I saw no picture that was a perfect match for your thing. Pincers looks to me to be the closest.

The jaws on the ones in your picture look to me like they are better suited to gripping or crimping, than for cutting.

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petercd
petercd

1 year ago

Well its called a prosnip, so right there we can determine its function. :)
Im guessing its for cutting copper cable like used in house wiring, stuff that a side cutters would struggle to cut.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Reply 1 year ago

I do not think this word, "Prosnip" is a specific noun. Rather it is a brand name, about as specific as, "Milwaukee" or "Chicago Electric".

I found mention of this word here,
https://www.irwin.com/about-us/brand-strength

So the name "Prosnip" might be owned by Irwin now. Here's a quote:

"The brand that will become IRWIN are:
Chesco, Irwin Metal Star, Uni-Plus, Sprint, Marples, Horsepower,
PowerPress, Prosnip, Face-Off, Jack, Pulverizer, Hanson Drill Bits,
Fibercut, TurboMax, and Xpert. EXAMPLE: Record Vises will become IRWIN
vises. "

I added some bold to the word Prosnip for emphasis.


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gbowles
gbowles

1 year ago

That's a really good question and I don't think I can help you but when you find out I would love to know.

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AnnaliseP1
AnnaliseP1

1 year ago

Looks like an end nipper or cutting pliers to me. I hope you figure it out soon!

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DrTurtle
DrTurtle

1 year ago

I do not think it is a tooth puller. Sorry I did not include a scale, but the tool is about 6-1/4 inches long. Ends scissor past each other about 1/4 inch, but this is fully closed.