Powermite Mini Tools from Ideal (1969)

There’s something about miniatures that brings out the kid in all of us! Toys that let children mimic adult activities continue to enjoy a timeless play appeal that belies trends and fads.

Take Ideal’s Powermite line of miniature power tools as an example. Released in 1969, each tool was a working metal and plastic replica of the electric-powered tools kids might have seen on the workbench at home in the garage or basement.

The line included a router, circular saw, orbital sander, hand drill, and table saw. Each tool was housed in a yellow plastic case that measured 6.5” x 4.5” x 3.5”. In addition to providing storage when a tool was not in use, the cases also served as a power source for each Powermite, thanks to a battery compartment that fit two D-batteries.

The tools were reasonably safe for the time and their power was limited to cutting thin sheets of balsa wood and Styrofoam, which Ideal sold packaged along with a set of plans in individual building materials packs.

For the young carpenter, Ideal also sold a Powermite Workshop Workbench that featured a hinged top and tool storage. It came equipped with a sabre saw and blades; drill and bits; square, hammer, screwdriver, C-clamp, bench vise, wrench; as well as Styrofoam and balsa wood.

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