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Manufacturers Index - Record Power
Last Modified: Dec 21 2018 11:21PM by Jeff_Joslin
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Record has a long history as a maker of hand tools and vises, which are outside the scope of the Vintage Machinery website. However, Record Power did manufacture (and sell inexpensive wood lathes of dual-tube construction, and these lathes were imported and sold in the USA and Canada, in modest quantities. Their current products are all, as far as we can tell, sourced offshore which makes them ineligible for this site, which is restricted to machines made in USA, Canada and the UK.

Record has a long and messy history. Here is a very brief summary.

  • 1898—Founding of C. & J. Hampton Ltd. of Record Works, Attercliffe, Sheffield. By 1937 they were making "Record" vises and tools.
  • 1909—The current Record Power claims "Since 1909" but we don't know why and they don't provide any company history.
  • 1948—Company goes public.
  • 1972—Merges with tool maker Willam Ridgway & Sons to form Record Ridgway Tools Ltd.
  • 1981—Record Ridgway acquired by Swedish tool maker AB Bahco.
  • 1985—British-owned Record Holdings is created and purchases Record Ridgway, which becomes Record Marples Woodworking Ltd.
  • 1991—Record Tools Ltd.?
  • 1993—Record Holdings plc.?
  • 1998—Acquired by American Tool Companies Inc. and becomes a division, Record Tools Ltd.
  • 2002—American Tool Companies acquired by Newell Brands (Newell Rubbermaid)
  • 2003— (or maybe still 2002) American Tool Companies is renamed to Irwin Industrial Tool Co.

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