New Britain Ratchets

At one time or another it seems, New Britain made tools for just about everybody. Here's a list being compiled in a forum thread on the Garage Journal by GJ user Powderkeg here http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=277603: New Britain Machine sourced or original patent - Kilness (K), Fors (F), and the early (E) designs (patents not found): The (K) stands for Luther E. Kilness, and he possesses 3 patents for Ratchet Mechanism Design 2554990 (1951) - New Britain 2981389 (1961) - New Britain 3078973 (1963) - Not known to have been produced The (F) stands for John A. Fors possesses 1 patent for a Ratchet Mechanism Design 2542241 (1951) - New Britain The (C) is believed to be Mr. William F. Costello who possesses 1 patent for a Ratchet Device 2206943 - (1940) - New Britain   NB Ratchet Production Brands List (As of 1/02/2017) (K) = Kilness Patent; (F) = Fors Patent; (C) = Costello Patent **Courtesy of work & collection by Powderkeg** among others.

  • American Forge (K)
  • Billings (F)
  • Blackhawk (F, K)
  • Bluegrass (F, K)
  • Champion Plugmaster (K)
  • Craftsman (C, F)
  • Crescent (K)
  • Fairmount (F)
  • Filson (F)
  • Giller (K)
  • Husky (C, F, K)
  • K. R. Wilson (F)
  • JS (K)
  • Litton (K)
  • Mac (K)
  • Master Mechanic (K)
  • Matco (K)
  • Mustang (F, K)
  • NBM (K)
  • New Britain (C, F, K)
  • None Better (C, F)
  • OTC (K)
  • Penncraft (K)
  • Precision-Bilt (F)
  • Proto Challenger (K)
  • SP 45 (K)
  • Sparta (K)
  • Thorsen (K)
  • "unbranded" (K)
  • Vlchek (C)
  • Wardmaster (F)
  • Wix (F)

Here are some other New Britain assigned patents: Hopgood - 1955 - Angularly adjustable, reversible ratchet wrench Smyers / Russo - 1973 - Resilient quick release for socket wrench Harris - 1968 - Ratchet Wrench Construction Pickop - 1907 - Ratchet Wrench

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