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Sources of Supply

Drilling Steel

1. Senter Tool Service, Portland, Oreg., manufactures hand drilling steel and others tools to individual specifications. The steels are generally one-piece units with a sharpened edge for drilling and a head for receiving the blow of the hammer. The cutting edges can be made in various styles, although star pattern bits are most common. The steels can also be made with removable bits if a rod of greater than 1-3/8 inches is ordered. The latter may be larger than necessary for most trail work, but detachable bits may be preferred in some situations. Senter Tool Service maintains a complete blacksmith shop, so all types of steel can be returned to them for reconditioning. Used steel that is sometimes available in second-hand stores can also be reconditioned there. In addition they will manufacture hammers to your specifications, along with a large variety of other hand tools not commonly found on the market.

2. Local blacksmith shops are usually equipped to manufacture and recondition drilling steel, and although they may not routinely fill orders for hand tools, they are often willing to help.

Old photo of several men standing outside a General Merchandise store.
Courtesy of the University of Montana Mansfield Library Archives.

Drilling Hammers

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Local hardware stores

Senter Tool Service, Inc.
5413 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, Oreg. 97218
(503) 381-1151

Stanley Tools
(Div. of Stanley Works)
Box 1800
New Britain, Conn. 06050
(203) 225-5111

True Temper Corp.
1623 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 969-3366

Wedge and Feather Sets

ABEMA
Box 775
Norwalk, Conn. 06856
(203) 846-2003

Atlas-Copco Corp.
610 Industrial Ave.
Wayne, N.J. 07652
(201) 696-0554

Senter Tool Service, Inc.
5413 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, Oreg. 97218
(503) 281-1151

Picks

Ben Meadows
Box 5277
Janesville, WI 53547-5277

Easco Tools, Inc.
6721 Baymeadow Dr.
Glen Burnie, Md. 21061
(301) 760-2200

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
Box 8397
Jackson, Miss. 39204
(601) 354-3565

Sears Roebuck and Co.
(local outlet)

Union Fork and Hoe Co.
500 Dublin Ave.
Columbia, Ohio 43216
(614) 228-1791

Warren Group
(Div. of Warren Tool Corp.)
Box 68
Hiram, Ohio 44234
(216) 569-3224

Woodings-Verona Tool Works
Box 126
Verona, Pa. 15147
(412) 828-7000

Updated: 04/14/2014
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