Model M case screws

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sun Jul 2 01:03:45 CDT 2017

On 07/01/2017 10:27 PM, Tony Duell via cctalk wrote:

> I was told years ago that in general the thinner-wall sockets are better
> quality -- they have to be made from stronger steel alloy to work at
> all. Obviously there are exceptions....

It wouldn't surprise me if some of the cheaper stuff was made from pot
metal.  I encountered a small Chinese adjustable wrench that was, in
fact, made just that way with a nice chromium plating.  I think it was
intended to be more decorative than functional.

The quality of tools has declined.  It used to be that Sears Roebuck
"Craftsman" hand tools were among the best and were sold with an
unconditional warranty.  Not so any more.

I once got a pair of electrician's pliers caught between the yoke and
body of a 6" pneumatic cylinder.  Snapped the handles right off, it did.
  The local Sears store replaced the pliers without
questioning--although they did marvel at the damage.


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