Rogue Tool Company
In the early 1970’s,
the engineers at ROGUE TOOL CO. designed and manufactured tools
for the installation of lock bolts. At the time, millions of lock
bolts were used in the assembly of transportation equipment such
as aircraft, trucks, trailers, railroad cars, ships, and other allied
products. While promoting these tools for use in railcar repair
shops, the ROGUE TOOL representative would discuss various aspects
of repair methods with the shop superintendents.
One of the major railroads had a huge shop where cars were repaired
and rebuilt. Although safety rules were strictly enforced, there
had been a rash of serious injuries, many involving the change-out
of cushioning devices. The block and jack method was still in use,
but the fork lift was becoming the standard for the change out.
This required a man to position himself under the car in order to
guide the device into the pocket, while the fork lift operator jockeyed
the lift into position. One OOPS!!, and the man under the car could
find himself occupying a hospital bed.
As the superintendent was quite concerned about the accident rate,
he asked the ROGUE TOOL rep if he thought his company would be interested
in developing a tool that would be safe and efficient, and could
replace the fork lift. The ROGUE TOOL engineers came up with a tool
that far exceeded the features outlined by the superintendent. It
was the CAR MASTER. Now rather than balancing a several hundred
pound device on the blades of a fork lift, it rested on a flat table
top that could be safely adjusted while the device was being raised
toward the pocket. This would eliminate the dangerous balancing
act that resulted in serious injuries. Now, the cushioning device
can be changed out quickly, safely and efficiently by only one man,
with almost total assurance that a leg or an arm will not be broken
in the process.
The first CAR MASTER was a floor model, the D510. As it became
standard equipment in shops throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico,
some GCF’s requested design variations to meet a specific
requirement of the shop. By heeding the requests of the foremen,
ROGUE TOOL CO. developed a family of car masters, including the
RAILRIDER, that may be swivel top, swivel-sliding top 3000# capacity, with either 115 vac or shop air power. The D510XLRR
is especially suited for COC cushioning devices. Many superintendents
have stated, "The CAR MASTER is the greatest tool we have
in the shop." One CMO, noting the efficiency of the CAR MASTER,
asked if a unit could be developed that would fit in the pit of
a locomotive shop.
The ROGUE TOOL designers took the suggestion seriously, and developed
a draft gear carriage that satisfied the CMO, the D194. Immediately,
a unit was purchased for each of his locomotive repair shops.
The ROGUE TOOL CO. designers are always ready to hear suggestions
from the experienced shop workers.