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Manufacturers Index - Tobrin Tool Co.

Tobrin Tool Co.
Plantsville, CT, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery & Metal Working Machinery

Last Modified: Feb 15 2016 10:31PM by Jeff_Joslin
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By 1925 this company was manufacturing a line of tabletop woodworking and metalworking machines, including tablesaws and bench grinders. This line of business seems to have petered out during the 1930s and their focus switched to making aircraft parts. The company was acquired by Consolidated Industries, Inc., of West Cheshire, Conn., in 1952.

We also have a report of hand tools, such as pipe wrenches and screwdrivers, from this firm. Our website's focus does not include hand tools and we have no more information on Tobrin's hand tool products.

Information Sources

  • Seen in 1925 catalog of J. Russell & Co., Holyoke, MA. The catalog did not give the full company name, but a patent search turned up a 1928 patent for a benchtop tablesaw matching the ad, and assigned to this firm. The company also had patents for a screwdriver and a cold chisel.
  • From a 1931 issue of Steel: "Tobrin Tool Co., Plantsville, Conn., has secured plant space for new quarters here for the manufacture of grinders, bench saws and other tools. 'William S. Thomson is president."
  • From a 1952 issue of Modern Metals: "The Tobrin Tool Co., Plantsville, Conn., is installing new drop hammers for the production of aircraft forgings of titanium and aluminum. Tobrin is owned by Consolidated Industries."
  • From a 1953 issue of American Machinist: "Consolidated Industries, Inc, West Cheshire, Conn., is making its third expansion within a year with the acquisition of the Tobrin Tool Co., Plantsville, Conn., where it will manufacture forged aircraft parts."