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Today I am reviewing and doing a minor restoration job on a Dufor W9 1/2" ratchet wrench, made in Australia by the firm Duly & Hansford Limited NSW. The company apparently had a factory at 20-28 Carrington Road near the General Motors plant in Marrickville, NSW. and opened for business at the start of Feb 1927. Dufor items can often be found on eBay AU. The W9 ratcheting wrench in question:
Back of the head:
A flathead spanner easily removed the two screws holding the wrench together - we used a Kincrome K32009, which is a 150mm x 5mm flathead driver from their Torque Master range (found on eBay AU):
At this point the innards simply lift out:
If you're doing this, be careful not to lose the ball bearing and spring:
The ratcheting mechanism:
Plenty of gritty lubricant in there:
The ball bearing sits in the bottom in one of the two cutouts:
The rod for switching between directions appears to have been peened and isn't easily removable:
The insides were full of dirty lubricant - here they are after being cleaned with brake cleaner:
The ball bearing and spring got the same treatment, then the lot was reassembled with some fresh grease:
I used it for day doing brake work on an Australian-made Ford Falcon (seemed appropriate) and it was perfectly adequate for the task at hand - the tooth count is a little low compared to more modern ratchets such as the Kincrome K2945 that I have been using for years (found on eBay AU), but at least for the job today it made no difference.
The Dufor W9 weighs 393gm and is 245mm from end to end. The aforementioned Kincrome K2945 is 255mm end to end, and I don't have a weight for it yet.
If you like the tools you use to be vintage, the W9 may well fit the bill! Check out some of the vintage Dufor stuff on eBay AU.
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