Retro tools


#1

I visited a old retired window cleaner today. Friend with my dad and I got a lot of old cool and good retro tools.
Dozens of old Sorbo channels and 6 old Zero degrees handles from Unger (West Germany :de:… he he) and more stuff I haven’t seen before.
They made real and durable tools back then.
Also got a old classic green bucket on a belt. Maybe should change my setup to look like a window cleaner from the early 80’s :grin:


#2

Thats cool… I love old window cleaning tools.


#3

Retro??? Dang your making me feel old!


#4

[quote=“whatapane, post:3, topic:49168, full:true”]
Retro??? Dang your making me feel old!
[/quote]Haha, that’s what I was thinking!

I was just wondering the other day if there are companies out there still using the original Tucker pole with the glass/metal soap dispenser and Tucker soap tablets?


#5

I’ve heard of a few actually. One of my first large extension pole was the Sorbo monster pole.


#6

Oh man, those are retro now?? I still use variations of all those, including the 3x4.


#7

That old style Unger Zero Degree is a real find!


#8

Those were the first tool I learned to use when I started to do storefronts. So easy to use! Better then the version they make today.
And I love the inscription “Made in West Germany”. Cool to still use something from the Berlin Wall times.


#9

Yes I talk to one a month still using the Tucker Aluminum but I’m think they have all gone with pure water verses the tablets.


#10

@wcs might pay good money for that zero degree squeegee…


#11

We use swivel t-bars almost exclusively, since it is faster to wet storefront with them. Looking forward to a manufacturer making an ergonomic swivel t-bar with tension adjust like the Unger shown here. This Unger one typically breaks in about two months of use.

A durably designed, tension controlled swivel, ergonomic handled T Bar, has never been offered by any manufacture yet. Still waiting.


#12

I started cleaning windows in 1980. Seeing that zero degree Unger squeegee almost brings a tear to my eye. I have a zero degree Unger Swivel today. No knob of course. I swap out a 12 inch, 18 inch, and 22 inch Ettore brass channel with the one handle all day. They just snap in and out. If I ever see Mark or Dane again I will ask them if there is a secret stash someplace on the planet. I wonder if they still have the mold at the German plant. Retro tools. Those were the days.

Henry


#13

SIX!!! of the old zero degree handles!!! If you want to let one go please send me a price.


#14

WEST Germany? You’re going back. I was there a long time ago - long before I ever though of picking up a squeegee. Stuttgart-Vaihingen, or as most Americans pronounced it ‘Stuggart Vinegan’.


#15

Yep, think I have all of them except the strip washer in the bag. Please remove this post, it’s making all of us feel old.


#16

You have my fullest respect, veteran :+1::grinning:


#17

Check this thing out


#18

Oh la la. The oldest Combinator on the planet.


#19

Yea I’ve had it for like 15 years… it’s probably 25 years old? Ish


#20

I was cleaning up in my garage this week and found my first scraper purchase. Forgot all about this thing. Its and Ettore that I purchased probably in 1992. It came with a red cover and weighs a ton.
But Hey it did the trick then. Not sure when they discontinued it. Ready for the WC Museum