The question relates to Fuller Tool 194-8 Lineman's Pliers made in Japan.
They're quite old, so the present quality of Fuller Tools may not relate to my
older pliers. The current model number is 406-1948.
It depends. Fuller used to be a trustworthy brand- I still have my giant
pump pliers from them after 20 years. But like all the other people who
have outsourced productions (or the ones that really don't exist any
more- somebody just bought up the name), you really have to have the
tool in your hands and give the Mark I eyeball once over to tell.
Stanley used to make respectable hand tools for home use, but the stuff
I have seen lately with their name on it, is pretty much crap. I
wouldn't buy any big sets on-line or anything, but I have been eyeing
the 50-buck set Sam's Club carries, for 'leave in the car' tools.
Speaking of old Stanley, I have a WWII issued Stanley Phillips #2 with
wooden handle screwdriver. New never used in plain military package.
Actually I haven't seen it since I moved, but it's here somewhere.
Could be at least 35 years ago I had a cast iron Fuller vise. The acme
threads on the movable jaw disintegrated. Called the company and they
sent an entire new vise free of charge. That was a long time ago and
their policies may or may not be differant today. The replacement vise
however is still performing well. I do grease the screw on rare
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