Proto Special Tools

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Here is a Bell System wrench which is used to open the telephone boxes where the line connects to the house. The ends are bent at 25 degrees to fit the 1/4" recessed bolt. It's very thin and does not have the solid feel of a Proto wrench. It feels more like an inferior pot metal wrench.

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This is a Proto/Vogel Tool "Double Duty" ratchet. Vogel Tools was a tool vendor in Culver City, CA. They are now gone. Vogel sold many makes, new, used and surplus and they had many unusual tools including this one.

It is 3/8 and 1/2 inch drive. The head is identical to the standard 3/8, including the internal parts, but the handle is longer - 10" from end to end.

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This is the 251G Parallel Snap Ring Pliers. Back in 1982 when I ordered them, the vendor told me Proto had none in stock and they wouldn't make one unless I ordered three. I was in mechanic's school, so I conned two others into believing this was the best snap ring tool made. For some reason Proto could only make two, so one was on back order for a few weeks. I can count on one hand how often I've needed this tool, but it really works well. The list price was $28.27 and the vendor had a 40% discount, so I paid $16.92.

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This is the 251G Parallel Snap Ring Pliers. Back in 1982 when I ordered them, the vendor told me Proto had none in stock and they wouldn't make one unless I ordered three. I was in mechanic's school, so I conned two others into believing this was the best snap ring tool made. For some reason Proto could only make two, so one was on back order for a few weeks. I can count on one hand how often I've needed this tool, but it really works well. The list price was $28.27 and the vendor had a 40% discount, so I paid $16.92.

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