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Appealing to all the young boys at the time, Ideal created a winner with the Powermite line. Each tool shown below is a working, die-cast metal tool that can perform just like the full-sized one that dad may have in the garage. Limited to cutting thin balsa wood and styrofoam, the tools none the less are attractive, functional, and moderately collectible. Each tool runs on two "D" batteries that fit into the yellow case. The cases, when closed measure 6.5" x 4.5" x 3.5". Way cool.

Router Circular Saw
Item number 4753-0 and dated 1969, the router comes with three bits that really cut. Item number 4792-8 and dated 1969, the circular saw comes with two blades.

 

Orbital Sander Hand Drill
Item number 4793-6 and dated 1969, the orbital sander comes with three sandpaper sheets. Item number 4790-2 and dated 1969, the hand drill comes with three bits.

 

  
Sabre Saw Sabre Saw in Package
Item number 4791-0 and dated 1969, the sabre saw comes with an additional thin blade. The sabre saw pictured at left actually came in its original package though it is in pretty bad shape. Price tag says $1.85.

 

Table Saw Building Materials
Item number 9691-? and dated 1969, the table saw features a cast aluminum table and a plastic housing. The saw blade (same one used on the circular saw) is raised and lowered by a large red knob. Appears to have had a blade guard at one time but mine is missing. The saw is 6" wide, 5" tall. Item number 4795-1 and dated 1969, each building materials pack contains three sheets of 6" x 3" x 1/16" balsa wood, eight (estimated) sheets of 6" x 3" x 1/8" styrofoam, and a set of plans.
Other tools available include a Buffer, a Drillpress, and a Workbench with Hand Tools.

 

Playskool Cool Tools Buffer
Not a Powermite but a Playskool (Hasbro) "Cool Tools" Buffer. This is a current toy that is so similar to the powermites that I had to buy it. Got this one from the 1998 Sears Wishbook but have also seen it (cheaper - argh!!!) at a local close-out retailer. Item number 3705 dated 1996.


Name: Powermites
Manufacturer: Ideal
Vintage: Late 1960s
Obtained: All came from eBay in four lots.
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