General Discussions => Smith-Roles => Topic started by: WildOne on October 05, 2014, 07:29:39 PM

Title: Some History
Post by: WildOne on October 05, 2014, 07:29:39 PM
Sometime during the 1950s or 1960s, this firm manufactured the "Comet" bench grinder and a metal cut-off saw. The company itself, founded by Tom Smith and Clem Roles, began after World War II to sell a combined generator and welder that used war-surplus generators. They gradually expanded into other equipment useful for farmers, including drill presses and metal cut-off saws. They went into receivership during the late 1980s.

The Smith-Roles manufacturing facilities consisted of the Saskatoon factory and an adjacent foundry, known as the Blanchard Foundry. The Blanchard name was used on some of their products.

Besides their Canadian presence, they had sales office and warehouse in Minot, ND and in Wichita, KS. The North Dakota operations were already in operation when the Kansas operations were started in 1974. The American operations sold the Smith-Roles shop tools and small farm equipment: combine monitors, drill-fill augers, metal cut-off saws, tire changers and bench grinders. Smith-Roles arc welders were big sellers in Canada but were not sold in America because of import duties.

Title: Re: Some History
Post by: _FIII on October 13, 2014, 09:17:28 PM
That's kinda cool.  Better keep an eye out at farm auctions I guess