Modern Marvels

Season 6 Episode 37

The Tool Bench: Power Tools

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 1999 on The History Channel
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The Tool Bench: Power Tools
The history of civilization could easily be measured in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve tools--an activity that is at least 4-million years old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power tools. We'll examine today's power tool industry, which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and quieter cordless tools.moreless

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    Ron Hazelton

    Ron Hazelton

    Host & Narrator

    Guest Star

    Tim Allen

    Tim Allen


    Guest Star

    Bob Vila

    Bob Vila


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 1969, the Irwin Auger Bit plant came to a screeching halt when a runaway train crashed through the factory wall. Remarkably, no one was injured.

      • It's estimated that there are 106,000 power tool accidents requiring medical attention in the United States each year.

      • In addition to introducing several first of their kind power tools, Porter Cable was unique in the 1930's for offering employee benefits including stock ownership and an on-site bowling alley.

      • The battery was invented in 1800 by Italian physicist Allessandro Volta, for whom the "volt" is named.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They're the tools that make work fun. Manufactured by household names and Hollywood celebrities. Easier to use and more powerful than ever, but they weren't always like this. Now, Power Tools, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Commentators:

        Bob Vila
        Host, Bob Vila's Home Again

        Tim Allen

        Bill Krier
        Wood Magazine

        Vince Staten
        Author, Did Monkeys Invent The Monkey Wrench?

        Alonozo Decker Jr.
        Former CEO, Black and Decker

        Jack Garlock
        President, Porter Cable

        Carl Klebe
        Vice President, Ryobi Power Tools

        John Constantine
        Vice President, Black and Decker

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Cirigliano
        Producer: Jim Cirigliano
        Hosted and Narrated: Ron Hazelton
        Edited: Sean Dash
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda Clark
        Post Production Supervisor: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Amy Trahant
        Researcher: Erik Hietter
        Researcher: Barry Hill
        Art Director: Ken Short
        Director Photography: John Bonner
        Make-up Artist: Connie Cole
        Stage Facility: Upstage, LLC
        Camera Operator: Maury Dahlen
        Camera Operator: Pat Hurley
        Camera Operator: Jared Manders
        Camera Operator: Michael Marton
        Camera Operator: Bud Osborne
        Camera Operator: Dwaine Scott
        Camera Operator: Kennedy Wheatley
        Camera Operator: David Zapatka
        Field Audio: Michael Bidese
        Field Audio: Terry Marton
        Field Audio: Shane Selby
        Field Audio: Thom Shafer
        Field Audio: Chris Simmons
        Field Audio: Jason Smith
        Field Audio: Russ Tomlinson
        Post Production Coordinator: Jason Steinberg
        Assistant Editor: Stuart Brodlieb
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Post Production Assistant: Gary Reid
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Judi Minitello
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Gwendolyn Murphy
        Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Sears Roebuck & Co
        Gary Endicott
        Sil Argentin
        Rob Cowin
        John Gates
        Dave Imre
        Todd Langston
        Marleah Leslie
        David Olsen
        Zig Stempel
        Bonnie Woodruff

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

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