Powermite Mini Tools from Ideal (1969)

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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