Mall Tool Company, est. 1921

Mall Tool Electric Drill History

Museum Artifact: Mall Electric Drill model no. 380, 1940s

Made By: Mall Tool Company, 7740 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL [South Shore]

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

14 thoughts on “Mall Tool Company, est. 1921

  1. We lived within walking distance to the factory in Park Forest IL and the Mall water tower is in many family pictures, and I also have drills and circular saws passed to me from my father. I also believe Mr. Mall had constructed several gravel roads behind the factory, with a lake (owl lake) and picnic grove for employees, now Will County forest preserve walking paths.

  2. I have a mall flexible shaft tool it’s in perfect condition and works great it’s green I want to sell it if anyone is interested

  3. I still occasionally use my great-grandfather’s model 60 circular saw. The cord is getting a little ratty but I took it apart today to grease the gears. Still have to “free up” the blade guard as it is very stiff. Handle has some serious cracks from being dropped, but still works like new.

  4. My grandfather, Walter Reich, used to fly Mr. Mall’s airplane, a dark blue Twin Beech (a Model 18, I believe) in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s, along with a float plane. My father and I used a Mall drill in building a house for our family in 1970. That drill was at least 10 years old at the time and lasted several more years after that. They really don’t make them like that anymore!

  5. I have two early Mall tools handed down from my father, an early circular saw and a drill I would say they are about 70 to 80 years old they still work and I have the case for the circular saw but the bottom is starting to rust out, it has holes on one edge and in the middle of the case. My Dad built our home in Stone Park, IL with these tools before I was born 76 years ago. I do not have an exact date of course but I know they are old. I would like to either sell them to a collector or maybe donate them to a museum, how would I do this?

  6. I have recently been cleaning my dad’s garage since his passing (not COVID).I found an old Mall Saw made by the Mall Saw Company. It looks like an attachment for a drill. I can send pics f need be. I was just curious about the tool and it’s uses. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello,
      I am the daughter of Mall Tool founder Arthur Mall.
      I was born when he was 52 years old and the Mall Tool Co. was 25 years old.
      I was too young to appreciate my Father’s success and genius mind.
      I have a nice collection of about 30 Mall Tools.
      Tell me about your Mall Tools!

  7. My father passed down to me the first Mall Tool electric chain saw. He tested the saw for the company back in the 1940’s.
    I would love for other enthusiast to be able to enjoy this vintage product. How can I move forward with this quest. I can send pictures.

  8. I have a 3/8 Mall Drill Mod. 381 that still works. They did make good tools. My dad bought it new and used it for work and at home. I wish I could tell you more about it but that is all I know.

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