Identify this tool by Rawl?

Discussion in 'Tool Talk' started by buffoon1, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. buffoon1

    buffoon1 New Member

    My last "ID this" challenge for a while. This tool is stamped with the Rawl brand.

    I think it is a centre punch for masonry. Right/wrong?
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  2. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    That one is a rawlplugging tool. It goes into a handle and you use it to chip out holes for rawlplugs. Predates electric hammer drills. They came in various thicknesses for the different coloured plugs.

    Rotate 1/4 turn betweeen hammer blows.

    Had many a bruise using one as an apprentice.
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  3. Muzungu

    Muzungu Screwfix Select

  4. ginger tuffs

    ginger tuffs Screwfix Select

    When I started as as apprentice we use to get a gas shut of tap on handle to use when using hammer to hit and turn for rawl plugs
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  5. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    There was an art to it in getting it right.
  6. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    How does it fit into an sds :D
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  7. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    File under ‘obsolete’ and move on. It’s not a tool to resurrect, even if you're a purist.
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  8. buffoon1

    buffoon1 New Member

    Thank you all; much appreciated!

    I will keep it with my larger star-drill (also passed down) and be grateful for my power tools!

    Out of interest, would you use a 4-pound hammer as for masonry chisels, or a lighter carpenters hammer?
  9. Roys

    Roys Active Member

    Only used them Rawlplug punches once as an apprentice at the start of the 80s and that was probably as a punishment, used a 2lb club hammer hit and 1/4 turn repeat.
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  10. malkie129

    malkie129 Screwfix Select

    When installing flight simulators in the late 70s, I had to install brackets for hydraulic pipes in a concrete trench. It took me a week using a rawlplug "jumper" and lump hammer. With a modern SDS drill, probably less than 1/2 day. How things have moved on. :D
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  11. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    Back in the 70's there was no power on site and we were wiring 4 blocks of flats. That was bad enough, spending all day chipping out with one of those and a bolster chisel for the boxes, but when you came to a really old stone house it was a nightmare to use.
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  12. malkie129

    malkie129 Screwfix Select

    Sorry. That sould read late 60s
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