The brand name for tools from Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc. of Chicago. Labeled "Wards Powr-Kraft". The trademark filing indicates first use in 1932. The filing lists various products, including the following woodworking machines: Jointer-planers, bandsaws, drill presses, scroll saws, jointers, belt sanders, lathes, and planers.
We have also seen a fractional horsepower motor badged as "Blue Line" from Montgomery Ward. The example we saw is believed to have been made by Northwestern Electric Co.
Makers of Woodworking Machines for Montgomery Ward
The following 1950s Powr-Kraft model numbers were manufactured by Rockwell/Delta (Note: these are the numeric portion of the Powr-Kraft model number):
Delta is still able to provide some of the parts. You will likely have to find the equivalent Rockwell or Delta model number, and from there find their part number for what you need.
The following is a list of manufacturers found in the alphabetic portion of the model number. This list has been derived from research and companies that are still in business to confirm the info. For additions or corrections please contact the registry steward, Brian Kachadurian.
On machines made by Duro Metal Products, the first two digits of the serial number are the year in reverse. For example, a serial number beginning in "54FD" was made in 1945.
More Montgomery Ward product information is available in the Wiki, including an article on rebuilding the blower on a Montgomery Ward scrollsaw.
- 1935, 1936, 1941, 1943, 1958 catalogs.
- From a 1950 issue of "Popular Mechanics": Address Montgomery Ward, 618 W Chicago Ave, Chicago 7, Illinois.
- Correspondent Brian Kachadurian provided the information on manufacturers.
- Thanks to Dan (bluemerle) and Tom Spears for finding and identifying a Tomlee-built Powr-Kraft 2706A horizontal belt sander.
- Thanks to Dick Linn for identifying code TLE as Lincoln Electric
- Information on dating Duro (FD) serial numbers came from an owwm.org forum post.