Sad day indeed, John. I visited the Park Rd works in Sheffield a couple of
years ago on one of their free tuition courses that you got when you bought
a Record machine. I think the writing was on the wall when they were bought
out by Irwin - buy up the competition, "rationalise" it, strip any assets,
then dump it.
Gibson has just done exactly the same with Trace Elliot.
Yes. I asked a PR person for Irwin about the planes a week or 2 ago: he gave me
a name at Irwin to call, but I've yet to make the call. Premonition?
I thought the '80s proved the fallibility of too large corporate size, but
these days, nothing seems to stop 'em.
That said, I like a good many of the new Irwin clamps--their bar clamps are
really solid, at least the ones I've seen. The Quick-Grip clamps have just been
I've got a couple of their saw blades somewhere, new ones. I'll try to remember
to hook one up with the new table saw to see what it does. The older Marathon
blades were lower middle price range and one helluva value.
In a New Hampshire Jewelry store: "Ears pierced while you wait."
Here are the people that you need to talk to. They own American
Tool Co. (Vise-Grip among other things), Irwin, Record and as a
result Marples, among other companies.
This is from their contact info from their website,
You may phone us toll free in the United States at:
1-888-895-2110 M-F, 8 a.m. to 5.p.m., Eastern Time
You may also contact us by Surface Mail
Rubbermaid Home Products Division
ATTN: Consumer Services
1147 Akron Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691-6000
Canada Contact Information:
Consumer Service Dept
2562 Stanfield Rd
Mississauga, ON L4Y1S5
Phone: 866-595-0525 Fax: 905-279-5254
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