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Old 03-28-2008, 05:01 PM
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Default Red Devil #4050 Bee Hive Tool

As I work in the industrial boiler service field, like most service people, I have to carry tools into the job site. Over the years of doing the service, you end up with a set of tools that are geared to the type of work you do, the tools you us on a daily basis and none that are not necessary. After 30+ years, I've narrowed it down to 48# of tools, that are carried in and out everyday. One of the most useful tools in the bag is the Red Devil #4050 bee hive tool, a combination scraper, chisel, nail puller and pry bar, good quailty steel that holds a good edge, incredible strength, relatively cheap, under $10. I would feel completely lost without it. Originally design by a Vermont bee keeper, who made them and were sold through bee keeper suppliers, later bought out by Red Devil, now made and sold as a paint scraper.

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Checked today, actual price $5.99 each
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:22 PM
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It's usually the simplist of tools that are the most handy. I think the first ones I bought were around 2 or 3 bucks way back when.
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:43 PM
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If I remember some time when I'm not to sick to crawl to the shop, I'll have to take a picture or two of my collection of similar tools.

I've got 2 or 3 that I've bought over the years and probably half a dozen that I've made in various sizes and slightly unusual configurations. Some of the handiest tools I have.
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:48 PM
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Jack I have that very same tool hanging on the wall right now.


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Old 03-29-2008, 05:28 PM
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Jack, I used to have one of those little boogers but it went the way of so many small items over the years. I did not know what they were called but now that I do I will try to locate another one.
These days I find these carpet layer's molding lifters indispensible in the same manner. They are stout as bull's breath, can exert a surprising amount of force to be only 10 1/4" long and seem to be very attractive to most anyone who spots them. I have to buy one every year or thereabout so these days I usually buy a pair whenever I am down to my last one because I feel handicapped without one or two in my bucket. They are the best tool I've ever found for popping ceramic tile off the wall, removing trim or paneling, etc., and they can stand most any kind of abuse I'm likely to subject them to - except for leaving them on the job.
I can find them only at Rojo Distributors; bought this pair yesterday for $10.08 each, plus tax.
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:59 PM
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Cutter,

Isn't it amazing how little tools disappear at at an alarming rate. I lose about one of the bee hive tools every month, I was at the supplier today and picked up 5 more, along with other things. I keep a spare in the truck, and about once a month, go through all of the service tools in the truck, and replace everything that missing.

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Old 03-30-2008, 05:18 PM
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I did not know what they were called but now that I do I will try to locate another one.
Cutter, FWIW, the other night while strolling through Wally Wurles, I saw them in the/around the paint scraper area. At home depot, they were in the hand tools area for pry bars.
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Well, if they have it at HodePo I might pick one up for old times sake but of the two I would much rather have my molding lifter for my purposes. And I sure don't want a beehive bad enough to make a trip to Walmart.
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I have one. It is quite old but still functions as designed. The work great to pry off baseboard molding when putting a floor down. Not something the hackers around here use--they'd rather put a piece of quarter-round down next to the molding which looks like snit IMO...
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As a beekeeper there are a lot of company's that make them besides Red devil.

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