Rubbish removalist finds vintage 1950s PET Tools drill-saw in Ridgewood basement junk removal job
In the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood, not far from my garage, I found this vintage drill attachment when I was doing a basement junk removal job one weekday afternoon. It’s made of aluminum and was sitting right in its original box when I made the discovery.
You can see from the picture below exactly where I found it: amidst a pile of other junk and rubbish in a basement that hadn’t seen a rubbish removalist in quite a while.
Since finding the drill piece, I’ve learned that this was likely manufactured in the 1950s. Portable Electric Tools, Inc., was the manufacturer, and you can see on the box the company abbreviated it to PET Tools as its logo. PET Tools made products for Sears and Roebuck in the 1950s, and they also have a variety of magazine advertisements in Popular Mechanics magazine in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The drill-saw attachment was made to convert your electric drill into a power saw. A drill-saw that’s similar to the one I found advertised on the orange box is going for around $45.99 on eBay, but that’s with the original box and operating instructions.
The box says:
PET TOOLS DRILL-SAW
Converts your Electric Drill Into a Power Saw
Takes the Work Out of Hand Sawing
Angle Adjustment 90 degrees to 45 degrees
Depth Adjustment 0” to 1”
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