Do you and, if so, how do you folks mark tools with your name?
Thinking of everything from theft prevention and recovery to aiding the
absent-minded relative that borrowed a tool. Do you engrave your names on
the tools? Do you scribe it with permanent marker? Or do you not mark your
tools at all?
Already recorded the serial numbers - just thinking I should go one step
further and attach my surname to each tool.
If you already have the serial, you have all you need. A munged or missing
serial is obvious, an oddball mark somewhere is an oddball mark.
Always puzzled me that items with their own serial # are remarked, which
marks are often removed, then remarked, with institutional property numbers.
Isn't a serial # supposed to be unique?
Never made any difference when I asked that question at reinventory time
when I had to put new labels over old, but it should have.
Institutional number have nothing to do with the serial number. Most
companies don't care about the serial number, but do care that the item was
purchased on a given date and depreciated accordingly.
It is also important when tooling is lent (and stored) to another shop for
work. In the case of a bankruptcy, easily identified tooling with a company
stamp will be released more readily than those not marked. You need a court
order to get your property back.
So why bother assigning another number? The databases I've seen have
included the serial as well as the property number. How you track it must
merely be unique. Personally, I think it's because folks got in the habit
of sequential property numbers back in the Ashton-Tate days - couldn't have
a multi-field index.
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The only tools I used to mark were my mechanics tools when I worked 17 years
in the auto field. At home, there aren't anyone else's tools to get confused
with. I'm not too paranoid equipment being stolen. Somewhere in my office I
could find serial numbers of my equipment, in a pinch. I don't lay awake
worrying about that kinda stuff.
Wed, Jul 30, 2003, 1:28am (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org (Bubba)
I've never heard of woodworking tools being stolen from a home.
You must never watch the news.
Marked or not, if you lend your tools to friends or relatives, you might
as well kiss them (your tools) goodby.
I don't lend tools, and since I painted mine yellow, I don't think
my kids have even touched one, let alone taken one out to use it.
Always put off until tomorrow something which, tomorrow, you could put
off until, let's say, next year.
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I just had a few grand worth of tools stolen. I didn't have the serial
numbers written down, but had the manuals for the tools so I will be
reimbursed. However, it is best if you put your mark (name, symbol,
whatever) somewhere on the tool and if you can, inside the tool where it
can't be seen. Also, as you have done, record the model and serial numbers.
Finally, take a picture of each tool and make a copy of the receipt if you
have it. Hopefully, the insurance company won't argue with that.
Supposedly, when a tool is hocked, the serial number is checked against the
police database of stolen items (at least here in San Antonio). The officer
that took the report of my theft said a fair amount of tools are recovered
if they have the serial number.
I have them all recorded in a inventory database, complete with serial
numbers and model numbers. However, I don't like the scribed markings. It
seems like the inscribed tools I have bought at auctions all seem to have
rust around the markings. Instead of loaning tools, put up a sign to the
effect that tool rental is "$xx per hour". harrym
I used to teach so every tool I own is marked. As someone commented it
only keeps the honest folks from taking something but strangely tools
did stop getting misplaced once I started marking.
One bit of advice. Never lead to a relative you'll never see it again.
Also mircostamp.com makes custom marking stamps. If your gonna engrave
a number of tootls might be helpful.
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The local PD says at least one digit (0 - 9) is required to make an
identifier "valid" (i.e. Bruce7). Kinda like an MSN user name...
I think it has something to do with how stolen stuff.
gets listed in a computer somewhere.
Jeff Cochran wrote:
Typical UK practice for stolen property marking is to mark with your
postcode (and maybe house number). Police will usually manage to
return such items, and second-hand dealers are more suspicious about
buying them (for the police sometimes trawl the shops for marked
I use my parent's postcode, for I'm likely to move house a lot more
often than they do.
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