Find A Manual. Find Owners Manuals on Popular brands. Kenmore · Craftsman · Kenmore elite · Samsung · Whirlpool · GE · Maytag · LG. If you want to identify the manufacturer of a Craftsman machine, follow . Parts and manuals are more readily available for Sears products than. Gem Cutting: a Lapidary’s Manual [John Sinkankas] on For the craftsman, the book is full of hints on how to make homemade equipment and.
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Sears | Craftsman – History |
The Craftsman trademark was registered by Sears on May 20, A variety of companies manufactured tools for Sears under the Lapodary name. If you want to identify the manufacturer of a Craftsman machine, follow the link under “Sears, Roebuck Number Prefixes”, below.
The known makers of wood-working machines, metal-working machines, and stationary engines are listed in the next section, below.
Companion was an early brand name from or thereabouts for Sears Roebuck tools. Companion tools were less expensive than the contemporaneous Craftsman tools. It was replaced by the Dunlap name in Interestingly, in Sears applied for a trademark on the Companion name, for use in on a vast list of products.
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The Sears hardware department also used the name Fulton for some basic feature tools and electric motors. The famous Kenmore name was also used on some electric grinders and motors in the s.
The Commander label was used on some Sunlight built electric motors and grinders in the s. Some early s motors were badged Power Chief. And in the early s, Sears sold a line of Acme post drills; we have not been able to determine the true manufacturer of these machines. Companion label from our archive of machinery decals. Dunlap label from our archive of machinery decals. Dunlap is a Sears brand used on their basic feature machines. Some older Dunlap machines were still good quality, and remain very good values.
The list below contains the known makers of the above-mentioned products only. For a more complete list of makers of Sears products, see the section “Sears, Roebuck Number Prefixes”, below. Sears Roebuck introduced wood-working machinery manuual their catalog, according to one source. Here is a list of known North American-based makers of their machinery with their model-number prefixes some companies do not have a model-number prefix because they manufactured for Sears before they introduced the prefix system:.
Nowadays, the machinery sold by Sears is made outside North America and hence is outside the scope of this web site. Of course, Sears sells an enormous variety of products that are outside the scope of this site.
We solely cover woodworking and crxftsman machinery plus the engines and motors that powered them, and of those we only cover products made in USA, Canada and the UK. Sears also used the Companion, Dunlap, and Fulton names. In in North Redwood, MN, a jewelry store received a shipment of watches they didn’t want. The store sold them to Richard W.
Sears, a local telegraph operator, who sold them to railway workers for a profit. Sears realized that there was a good market for this service, and started the R.
He relocated to Chicago inand found a partner, watch repairman, Alvah C. In the company was renamed to Sears, Roebuck manua, Co. Sears, Roebuck expanded rapidly in the s because of their catalog sales, especially to farmers. In they opened their first retail store.
By they had stores. Barrows knew hardware and wanted to create a brand name for Sears hardware that distinguished it from other manufacturers. Dunlap immediately upgraded the quality of the tools. He threw out all the big, clumsy, cheap, cast-iron hammers and wrenches, and the soft screwdrivers that were hangovers from the days when farmers were the company’s biggest customers.
Dunlap recognized that America had moved into the automobile age and that Sears needed a line of high quality tools to meet this new demand.
He decided to improve the look of Craftsman tools by adding chrome plate to improve the finish, color, and trim on wrenches and sockets, and high impact plastic handles on screwdrivers. Dunlap’s old boss, Arthur Barrows did not think it made sense to chrome plate a tool that someone would “slug the hell out of” when using, but Dunlap’s persistence paid off and sales of chrome plated tools increased six times the next year.
Craftsman full polish wrenches quickly became popular with mechanics because they were reliable, looked good, and were easy to clean. Parts and manuals are more readily available for Sears products than for most makes crafysman woodworking machinery. Still, it may take some effort to track down what you are looking for, and if your machine is especially old pre-WWII or obscure then you may be unsuccessful.
The list below contains suggestions on where to look. Mission Submitting Content VintageMachinery. Manufacturers Index – Sears Craftsman. Nov 4 Companion label from our archive of machinery decals Dunlap label from our archive of machinery decals Dunlap is a Sears lwpidary used on their basic feature machines. Makers of Wood-working Machines, Metal-working Machines, and Stationary Engines for Sears The list below contains the known makers of the above-mentioned manula only.
Here is a list of known North American-based makers of their machinery with their model-number prefixes some companies do not have a model-number prefix because they manufactured for Sears before they introduced the prefix system: American Floor Surfacing Machine Co.
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Sears, Roebuck and Co.: The story of the Craftsman name From the Sears Retirees web site “Historians do know the origin of the Craftsman brand name. Look under the “Publication Reprints” tab, above, for a manual. Our collection is not complete, but if you cannot find the exact manual you are looking for, look closely for similar products, as some machines with different model numbers were virtually the same except for the accessories or the motor.
Check out the “Publication Reprints” sections of the following related entries: Look under the entry corresponding to the manufacturer of your machine in the “Makers” section, above. More information is available in the Wikiincluding information on Craftsman paint colors.
You can find diagrams and parts list for some Craftsman machines from the Sears Web Site.
Just put in your model number into the search box and search. Copies of manuals for many vintage Craftsman machines are still available. Call the Sears Parts Line,and have your model number ready. Emerson Electric is another contact for machines with source code or Emerson has recalled 3.
This is completely free, including shipping. The addition of DeWalt to the list of makers was spurred by a posting by Jeff McVey to the owwm discussion forum. The existence of the Fulton name is from the book, Catalogues and Counters: Jeuck, and was forwarded to us by Ashley Kennedy. The makers behind model-number prefixes and were identified through detective work by members of the OWWM community. Earlier Sears manufacturer lists incorrectly identified these makers. Brian Kachadurian was the one who nailed down both makers, based on a comparison of Sears-badged motors and grinders compared to products known to have been manufactured by Sunlight and Delco.
In the case of Sunlight, OWWM contributor Jeff Wilson provided a key piece of evidence in the form of a patent number on a Companion bench grinder that is identical to a later model with model-number prefix The maker behind model-number prefixfound on some Craftsman electric motors, was deduced by comparing those motors to motors from known manufacturers, and finding a match with those from Leland Electric Co. Thanks to Brian Kachadurian for making this connection. The maker behind model-number prefixfound on early Craftsman swing saws and 3-wheel 12″ bandsaws, was discovered via an illustrated advertisement in the April Popular Mechanics for Lewis Machine Tool Co.
Our purpose is to provide information about vintage machinery that is generally difficult to locate. Catalogs, manuals and any other literature that is available on this site is made available for a historical record only.
Please remember that safety standards have changed over the years and information in old manuals as well as the old machines themselves may not meet modern standards. It is up to the individual user to use good judgment and to safely operate old machinery. Index by Machine Type.