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What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 12:55

I have this tool kicking about but I don't know what it is. We use it for poking the fire, but is must have a more specific purpose. Any ideas?

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Oldbill » 06 Mar 2017, 13:06

It looks like an old fashioned soldering iron. I used something like it for cable jointing heated in a brazier.

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Rod » 06 Mar 2017, 15:27

Yep
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 15:36

So poking it in the fire is not so far from its intended use

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Deejay » 06 Mar 2017, 15:38

Afternoon Tim

I think it's a tool for levering out staples.

A soldering iron would have a lump of copper on the end of it, like this ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/26281869 ... 731&crdt=0

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby DaveL » 06 Mar 2017, 16:40

I think that it's an engineers scraper, an internal one. They were used to remove small amounts on metal from the inside of a plain bush bearing after the bush had been pressed into the housing. A skilled job that I have had done for the timing side main bearing on an old BSA A10 engine when I was rebuilding it.
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 18:23

Dave I think you might be right

Here is something very similar
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http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/shop/moore- ... s-scraper/[/URL]

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 18:25

My 3 year old is very disappointed and is insisting it is the Pirate Kings Sword

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Mike G » 06 Mar 2017, 19:07

Am I the only one who typed out "it's called a retractable tape measure" and then thought better of it? :lol:
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Woodster » 06 Mar 2017, 19:11

DaveL wrote:I think that it's an engineers scraper, an internal one. They were used to remove small amounts on metal from the inside of a plain bush bearing after the bush had been pressed into the housing. A skilled job that I have had done for the timing side main bearing on an old BSA A10 engine when I was rebuilding it.


Yes, it's a bearing scraper. ;)
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 19:19

Mike G wrote:Am I the only one who typed out "it's called a retractable tape measure" and then thought better of it?

The effort of hosting the picture elsewhere rather than using Tapatalk has been justified with your joke

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Andyp » 06 Mar 2017, 19:36

Mike G wrote:Am I the only one who typed out "it's called a retractable tape measure" and then thought better of it? :lol:


No :D
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Mike G » 06 Mar 2017, 21:07

timothyedoran wrote:.........The effort of hosting the picture elsewhere rather than using Tapatalk has been justified with your joke.........


Well I'm not joking when I say a sincere thanks for taking the trouble if it was in any way on account of me. Much appreciated.
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 06 Mar 2017, 21:43

Mike G wrote:
timothyedoran wrote:.........The effort of hosting the picture elsewhere rather than using Tapatalk has been justified with your joke.........


Well I'm not joking when I say a sincere thanks for taking the trouble if it was in any way on account of me. Much appreciated.

Not really, using Tapatalk seemed really good initially but it keeps force closing and is generally buggy. I'm happy to do it other ways. I want all users to be able to see the photos I post, otherwise it's a bit against the community ethos.

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Woodbloke » 06 Mar 2017, 23:21

DaveL wrote:I think that it's an engineers scraper, an internal one. They were used to remove small amounts on metal from the inside of a plain bush bearing after the bush had been pressed into the housing. A skilled job that I have had done for the timing side main bearing on an old BSA A10 engine when I was rebuilding it.


:text-+1: Engineer's scraper it is - Rob
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Re: What is this tool?

Postby kirkpoore1 » 06 Mar 2017, 23:23

See what I get for not logging in much? Yes, it's a bearing scraper. I have two or three of various shapes, and have used them to scrape in babbitt bearings after pouring them.

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby timothyedoran » 07 Mar 2017, 00:21

Do I have to sit on the naughty step for using it as a fire poker?

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby Deejay » 07 Mar 2017, 18:15

DaveL wrote:I think that it's an engineers scraper, an internal one. They were used to remove small amounts on metal from the inside of a plain bush bearing after the bush had been pressed into the housing. A skilled job that I have had done for the timing side main bearing on an old BSA A10 engine when I was rebuilding it.

Afternoon all

Well, you learn something every day, If you're lucky, don't you. I've had a couple of them in one of my toolboxes for years. I must have inherited them, but none of my forbears would have used one for their intended purpose.

Dave L -- I thought the timing side bearing on the A series was reamed out using a jig. However, knowing the prices you had to pay for service tools (front fork leg tools ring a bell?) then, I can understand why people would do them by eye/hand if they had the skill.

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Re: What is this tool?

Postby DaveL » 07 Mar 2017, 19:06

There may well of been a jig for the timing side main, it would of needed a huge reamer to go with it, I have never seen either of them, but I used to go and see an old boy who could hand scrap the bearing to give a good fit. He was a very skilled engineer with a very well equipped workshop. He straightened a pair of A10 fork legs for me after I hit the back end of a Ford with brake lights that only came on once the car had stopped.
He had a huge number of stories about all sorts of bikes and the odd things he had driven and fixed over the years. I picked up an old chap that had stripped the fibre mag gear on his much modified triumph, took him round to see if Bill had one, turned out they had both raced at Brands Hatch when it was a grass track.
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