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Manufacturers Index - Portable Power Tool Corp.
Last Modified: Jan 5 2017 9:10AM by Jeff_Joslin
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This company, founded in or shortly before 1933, made Power King woodworking tools. Sometime before 1941 the company name was changed to Power King Tool Corp. In 1947 or 1948 the company was acquired by Atlas Press Co.

The vice-president and general manager of Portable Power Tool Corp. was Theron L. Hedgpeth, who, at some point between 1934 and 1936, left to become a notable machine designer for Duro Metal Products Co. Some of the woodworking machines that Hedgpeth designed for Duro are virtually identical to their Power King equivalents.

Information Sources

  • 1933 catalog.
  • Thanks to Joe Potter for notifying us that Hedgpeth was mentioned in the 1933 catalog.
  • A John Beckman post on owwm.org notes the resemblance between Duro and Power King machines.