1710 - Looks to me like the measuring stick used in a bulk milk tank
on a dairy farm. The pickup tank truck driver measures the depth of
the milk so they know how many gallons, etc., then turns on the
agitator to stir the cream in, then they take a small sample to be
submitted to the lab @ the plant to test the fat content, etc.,
1709 - I've also seen something very similar used for making or
repairing harness or other heavy leather.
1705 - Likely a sugar cube lifter for use by "polite society" while
1707 - Some type of toaster? Or maybe used with a fireplace to cook
1708 - Looks like a Genesis Patriot 5-40 rescue spreader tool,
1709 - Sail makers mitt.
1710 - Tank stick for a milk tank. The large numbers give you the depth
of the milk. The smaller numbers tell you the amount of cream on top of
1705 - Smallish grabber/pincher of some manner; this one would seem to
be used for handling hot or otherwise somewhat dangerous items, rather
than ease in handling big or heavy items. The jaws seem suited for
pinching the sides of a (somewhat deformable?) item, rather than
encircling something. Maybe it's intended to rearrange hot coals or
1706 - Looks rather homemade, so it could be almost anything; perhaps
it's intended to bale or bundle up something, like brush. Purely a wild
1707 - Holder for a fireplace screen (in the sense of a panel to block
unwanted excess heat when sitting near the fire, not in the sense of a
1708 - Business end of the "jaws of life"?
1709 - Sailor's palm thimble, used with a curved needle when repairing
1710 - Dipstick, possibly for a wine or other barrel holding 24 gallons.
Now to read other people's responses.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1705) Hmm ... a bit small to be an unusual set of ice
tongs. Perhaps something to reach in and grab a fuse/primer
or the back of a cartridge case from a small cannon?
If it had three tongs instead of two, I would consider it to be
for picking up balance weights by the knobs without transferring
skin oils onto the metal to shift the weight a bit.
1706) Given the length, I would suggest that it was for winding up
lengths fabric (36" width), or perhaps stair runner carpet/rug
About 47" for the first wrap, and increasing with each
subsequent wrap at a rate depending on the thickness.
1707) Perhaps for hanging a slab of meat in front of the fireplace to
keep it warm?
1708) Serious strength hydraulic jaws for material handling. If the
jaws had sharp edges where they close, I would consider them to
be the "Jaws of life" for getting into a crushed vehicle to
rescue the occupants.
1709) A sailmaker's "palm". The raised "volcano" with the set of
smaller holes are for resting the back end of the needle to
allow generating sufficient force to force the needle through
several layers of canvas and likely some rope as well.
1710) A dipstick for determining the amount of some liquid in a tank.
From the size, I think that it might be for fuel oil for
Now to see what others have suggested,
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The original HEAVY Hurst tool was a spreader tool, Then Hurst got the
idea of adding a cutter on the inside of the jaws to allow cutting.
These were HEAVY all steel tools. (Want a set, I know of two setting in
a garage collecting dust)
This particular tool is used to spread the doors/hinges/whatever to
access the people inside. We also use them to move other items and
general rescue use like you would use a bumper jack. These are MUCH
lighter than the all steel units and also faster.
It would be accompanied by an O cutter (looks like a SHARP crab claw)
which is also hydraulic. Those are used to cut just about anything, even
the new boron steel used on some high dollar cars.
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