Monday, April 28, 2008

Mystery Tool Monday! Pexto Pliers!

I almost know what these Pexto pliers are used for. Almost. The narrowed pry bar end looks handy in a thousand uses sort of way, but what is the specific purpose? I want to see them in action!

Side Note: Peck, Stow & Wilcox was abbreviated to Pexto - a brilliant marketing decision.

Last Week's Mystery Tool - Unsolved or unsolvable?

Last week, Captured Shadow sent photos of this interesting speed handle:
I thought I had a great garage sale find. It looked like a yellow snap-on speed wrench until I got it home and looked at it. It has the look of a speed wrench but with a little extra knob at the top, like a brace would and an extra universal joint with a square socket on the end. It looks like a 1/2 inch, but is actually 17/32. Perfect for driving those square 17/32 nuts. It is stamped with a couple good code numbers A2002 is the snap on model number. You can see the others in the photos. I am guessing it was a special tool for a utility like the phone company that used it on some kind special equipment.

Sorry about the less than studio quality photos.
I still think it is a tool for overhead adjustments on an airplane. When you troll the stacks of the local surplus stores, lots of aerospace components have this same 'almost-acid-green' color. Maybe a socket or bit was affixed, but just as likely it was used for one specific, square piece of hardware.

Anybody have a better guess?

About Mystery Tool Monday
Each Monday, D+R will present a new mystery tool for identification. It may be from our collection or may be an item that has puzzled a D+R reader but, whatever the case, discovering its mysterious use will be as thrilling as a Mickey Spillane dimestore paperback.

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