Why Kennedy Tool Boxes and Tool Chests Are So Popular

Kennedy Tool Chest on Wheels

                            Kennedy 15 Drawer Roller Cabinet Industrial Red 315XR



                                    Kennedy Tool Boxes and Tool Chests


Kennedy Manufacturing is one of the most well known providers of industrial tool storage boxes in the country. Kennedy has been around for more than 105 years and everything they make is made in the U.S.A., A company that lasts that long in business has to offer superior quality with great design and construction of the product they are

Kennedy tool boxes and tool chests are made with industrial grade materials that come in various sizes from hand held to big chests on wheels and are very well respected within the machinist industry but not limited to shops and even the hobbyist running his shop in the back of the house out of the garage. When buying a Kennedy tool box or tool chest you are getting a product that is built to last. They are very rugged but also very sleek looking and range in various colors depending on your taste and the décor in your shop. Once you get a glimpse of the Kennedy tool box and chest line you will hardly be able to resist making a purchase. If you are in the market to purchase a Kennedy tool box or tool chest this can be very overwhelming and also exciting all at the same time. Because they come in so many different sizes, delicious looking colors and are carefully crafted for durability which means owning a Kennedy tool box or tool chest will last you a lifetime and that is a great investment.

If you do a Google search on reviews for Kennedy tool boxes you will see how well they are respected in the industry. A company that is setting up a shop and needs quality tool chests or a tool box will prefer a Kennedy line over any other manufacture do to the reliability and durability and that is what gives Kennedy tool chests the popularity that it has in the industry today.

One of the many popular sellers is the Kennedy 15 drawer roller cabinet industrial red color model 315XR has been very popular among the machinists and large shops. It has wheels so it make moving it very easy even when it is filled with all your favorite tools. Most shops adore this roller cabinet cause it was designed with space in mind to hold all your tools and with the mobility function you can simply move it from one side of the shop to the other with ease. The Kennedy 315XR offers a top surface feature raised edges on 3 sides to retain contents. High security tubular lock with 2 keys secures all drawers. Drawers feature internal, automatic locking system. Cabinet includes snap-in ball bearing drawer slides for smooth operation under heavy loads.

                                            Features on the Kennedy 315XR

  • Industrial Design and Premium Features
  • Heavy Duty Double Wall Construction
  • Smooth Operation- Operating Ball-Bearing Drawer Slides Range From 120-240 lbs.
  • Increased Mobility – 10″ Center Wheel Axle Adds Strength, Stability & Increased Mobility
  • Added Control Kennedy Badge Non Slip Drawer Liners
  • High Security Tubular Locking System
  • Heavy-duty 6” x 2” Casters With 900 lb. Capacity Per Caster


Light Tool Supply



About Light Tool Supply

For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by tools. As a young boy I worked summers packing orders and unloading trucks at my father’s tool and supply company. After graduating from college, I immediately went to work full-time for my father and have been in this industry ever since.  Over the years I have learned this business inside and out and have spent many hours using that knowledge to improve the mail order supply business. I have seen that business change drastically over the years. The most dramatic change is from a business based on the paper catalog to one based on products sold via the internet. Subsequently, after many years of experience, I decided to create my own company to do what I know best. Light Tool Supply is now quickly bringing tools to loyal customers at the best prices possible.  I encourage you to use our vast experience as a resource for all your tooling needs.  If you see something on our website that you do not feel is the best price, please feel free to email me directly at michael@lighttoolsupply.com.  I also would like you to email me or my staff with any manufacturer’s Part# from our long list of vendors. Additionally, do not hesitate to contact Light Tool Supply with any of our competitors’ part numbers. It would be my pleasure to cross reference those part numbers with ours and beat their prices! I realize there are many companies to choose from; I hope you will choose Light Tool Supply.

Acra Milling Machine is best Bridgeport copy around?

Bridgeport Series I Milling Machine

Bridgeport Series I Milling Machine


Acra Milling Machine vs. Bridgeport Series 1

Bridgeport Milling Machines certainly are one of the best made Milling Machines around.  Very similar to having a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.  It is built sold as a freaking rock.  A Bridgeport Mill is really beautiful to see in person.  The image brings you back to a time in America when things were made in U.S.A.  However, what if you don’t have a budget the size of NASA?  Is there an alternative for about 1/3 of the cost?  A Machine that can pretty much do all the things a original Bridgeport Machine can do?  While buying anything American certainly is a noble cause.  If you have the funds, we highly recommend it.  However, there are times when you need a milling machine and can’t justify spending well over $20,000.00.  We think that a great alternative in this case would be to look at the Acra Milling Machines.

  1. The quality really is incredible on the Acra Milling Machine and you will not sacrifice functionality either.
  2. For under $8,000.00 you could get yourself an incredible Acra Milling  Machine and start making parts in your machine shop within a weeks time from placing your order.
  3. The Acra Milling Machine comes standard with Digital Readout and Power Feed.

The Milling Machine has been called the “Mother of all Machine Tools.”  It certainly is a piece of machinery that is a must have in any machine shop or factory.  When the budget simply isn’t there and you want to get yourself a high quality milling machine what do you buy?  Penn Tool Co., recommends Acra Milling Machines.  With all the money you save buying an Acra Milling Machine you will be very happy.  Please contact one of our customer service representatives and Penn Tool Co., will find the perfect Acra Milling Machine to suit your needs.

Acra Milling Machine

Acra Milling Machine

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Featured Vendor Electro Arc


Electro Arc has been building the world’s best metal disintegrators for tap and drill removal since 1947. In fact we developed the original AC patented process and have been improving it ever since. Our unique process disintegrates only the center out of a broken tap or drill leaving the threads intact. The process can cut square or round shapes to back out studs or bolts, remove large studs by a series of cuts, emboss identification on rolls of steel, bore holes and counter bore. We can help you reclaim expensive parts, provide immediate repairs on all types of equipment, and eliminate production overruns and late deliveries.

We are part of a family of businesses providing unique products that improve product quality, reduce costs and eliminate scrap. Our production and distribution facilities are located in North America and United Kingdom, easily providing machines, accessories and supplies to clients worldwide.

Penn Tool Customer Testimonials


Friday, March 31, 2017 3:25 PM

Hi Michael,

I just wanted to thank both yourself and Gene for all of your help. Marty Everhard at LCA was also a pleasure to do business with.

It is rare nowadays to deal with competent people who are willing to “go the extra mile” for their customers.

I know that this is not a huge purchase, but it is a key piece of equipment needed for a contract that I was just awarded, So to me you guys are outstanding.

I will definitely do business with you again.

Best Regards,

Hedge Fairbank Sr.

Bay Precision CNC




To Carol Kopyta’s supervisor August 13, 2009

Dear Madam / Sir,

I have recently had a very good experience dealing with Penn Tool Company’s Customer Service.

I was in need of an Operator’s Manual for a lathe that we purchased from Penn Tool in 2003. I was really did not expect Penn Tool to have this manual as I do not think you currently are marketing this line of lathes.

Your Customer Service person Carol Kopyta handled my request in a most professional and expedient manner. As it turned out she knew the right person to ask, got the information correct and within a very short time had the document mailed to me.

What is particularly impressive is not that Penn actually had a manual but the expedient manner in which Ms. Kopyta handled my request.

In a time and culture where customer service is often times greatly lacking it is heartening to know there are some people who are still conscientious and diligent.

My already high opinion of Penn Tool has been elevated yet higher by Ms. Kopyta’s excellent response to my request.

Keep up the good work. I will look forward to conducting business with Penn Tool in the future.

John (From NJ College)



Friday, May 06, 2016

John From Gun/Arms Mfg in Howe TX

Comments Love your company and service! Sharing and passing the word in my area for your fine company! Keep up the good work!


#How to remove broken taps



Easy was to remove broken Taps

#How to remove broken taps

Step 1:

Remove as much as practical of any uneven broken taps top surface of the tap, creating a reasonably flat surface for the Omegadrill to drill into.

Step 2:

Clamp the part securely. Use as large a diameter Omegadrill as possible to spot the broken taps. Drill at 1,200 to 2,500 RPM on a rigid and stable machine tool such as a machining center or knee mill.

Step 3:

Using the recommended size Omegadrill, drill down through the broken taps. Drill dry or use straight cutting oil – not coolant. Peck the drill and flush chips out frequently with an air blast. Best results are achieved with using light quill hand feed on a knee mill. When reaching the bottom of the broken tap, a slight vibration will be felt. It is best to stop drilling at this point, to minimize any risk of damage to the Omegadrill’s cutting edges.

Step 4:

Using either a scriber, or the picks and pin vise supplied with the Omegadrill set, remove the remnants of the broken tap flutes.


DIN or AGD: What’s Right For Me?

By George Schuetz, Mahr Federal Inc.


A longtime friend of mine from Russia once told me that eventually the US would be metric and that we would get there “one inch at a time.” While we are not a metric country yet, the manufacturing industry tries to be international and that often means producing parts in metric units. Certainly most of the automotive industry has moved on. As parts and manufacturing processes are moved around the world, it’s becoming more and more common to see gages made to different standards as they come from different countries; for example, DIN standards (from Germany/Europe) or JIS standards from Japan.

In the US, most gaging specifications were long ago gathered and documented to AGD Standards (American Gage Design), but through the years these have been published under ANSI/ASME (American National Standards Institute/American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

For most of Europe, gages are designed and built to DIN standards (German Institute for Standardization and the German ISO member). This standard covers more than just German products, as it is a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) covering 30 EU members that utilize DIN specifications.

So what’s the big deal whether a gage—let’s say a caliper—is an ASME design or a DIN compliant design? To the user, usually not much. There may be a difference in how or if performance specs are defined or the product is calibrated. On the other hand, however, there are products that are physically different between the AGD and DIN standards in both design and philosophy of use. A few that come to mind include dial indicators, master rings, and discs that differ in both their physical shape and how they measure.

Whether you are receiving a new gaging solution from another country or looking through the catalogs of gage suppliers with world presence, it does not hurt to have a basic knowledge of what the differences are in some of these world products. We will start with Dial Indicators and over the next few months take a look at some other products.

All dial indicators are basically mechanical amplifiers. Through gearing, they take a linear motion and amplify it to a rotating hand that allows you to “see” what the displacement is. How this mechanical amplifier is packaged and tested is what the specifications are all about.

General Use & Philosophy
US (ASME) dial indicators are primarily used for comparative purposes in a bench gage or stand to compare a part’s measured value to a master. Thus, they more commonly have a balanced dial with a “+” to the right to indicate a larger size. Dial indicators are available in various configurations and with longer ranges for various measuring applications. Dial indicators are also commonly furnished with a lug back or alternate back for fixture mounting.

The use of DIN indicators is slightly different as in most cases the operator is using them to determine if parts are within allowable tolerances. These style indicators are typically furnished with continuous faces, rev-counters and have longer measuring ranges.

There are numerous outside diameter sizes of indicators that may be determined by use (portable or bench mounted) and how far from the reading the customer is.

AGD/ANSI specification calls out five standard sizes:
• AGD & ANSI Group 0: 1.25″ diam. (32 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 1: 1.75″ diam. (44 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 2: 2.25″ diam. (57 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 3: 2.75″ diam. (70 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 4: 3.625″ diam. (92 mm)

DIN is not as concerned about specific sizes but rather specifies that the indicator must fall within a certain size range, e.g. 55 mm – 60 mm. It’s left up to the manufacturer to determine the size of the indicators provided. Most suppliers will thus provide an indicator with a 58 mm diameter but also offer other sizes such as 34 mm, 50 mm or 108 mm.

Because the Group 2 AGD & ANSI indicator is fairly close to the DIN 58 mm, they are interchangeable in most protective housings designed for either indicator.

Stem Diameters and Accessories
This is where the details come into play. AGD/ANSI inch indicators use a .375″ stem mounting and a 4-48″ thread for the contact. DIN specifies an 8 mm stem and an M2,5 metric thread.

Mounting an indicator by the stem can cause some heartburn. With an adaptor, it’s simple to mount a DIN indicator into a gage designed for an AGD/ANSI. But when going the other way, something more major is required. It may be easier to get the indicator in with an 8 mm stem (either style) rather than trying to change mounting arms.

Contact points are not interchangeable. Make sure you have the right one for the indicator.

Obviously you will want an indicator to be in the units you are measuring to, and indicators are available in Inch or Metric regardless of what standard they are built to. And while they may not offer the same resolution, they are fairly close in their displacement.

Once you have a little understanding of the differences between the design basics of these indicators, you can choose the style that best fits your needs. Now you can get into the nitty-gritty and work the details for size, range, resolution, backs, contact points, lifting levers, etc.


Instructional video of digital level PRO3600

Many people have asked for more information on our digital levels.
Currently we show lots of specifications and owners manuals can be provided in pdf. form upon request at info@penntoolco.com
Since the item is so popular we have also made a short video showing some of the features on the PRO3600 Digital Level.

The level can be found on our website at  http://www.penntoolco.com/smarttool-digital-level-protractor-inclinator-pro360-pro3600/