Tools, glues, varnishes,
thread, spare spools, storage boxes for parts and warranty are all part of the
service form ABU.
The most recent tools I have to share here are also from Borge who passed away recently.
The majority are illustrated in the ABU Servicing ringbinder cataloges poduced each year. A few are here that are not illustrated and these are of Borge's creation to complete assembly tacks. Primarilly used in assembing the Cardinal and 500 Series reels built at the Multofabriken factory.
A really interesting tool crafted by Borge is for inserting bearings inside the central drive line of the 500 Series.
The tool operatd by inserting the component in the end of the tool ,
aligning with the reel being assembled and then turning the grey/blue
handle to "push" the component ito place in the reel. I genius
invention to speed up the fingers and hammer tapping method of
This rarely seen jig/tool was originally made by the husband of an ABU home worker.
Uffe's friend Bert Neilsson informs us the man who inverted this ingenious machine was name Albin Karlsson.
This machine is bolted to a bench in order for it to fulfill its purpose.
The express purpose is making bait loops neat and tidy with stainless steel wire upon which various baits were made.
This job which was once completed by hand , but this machine permitted a 5 X increase in production rate!
The types of baits it was used for were Spinnaren, Refex, Hazard, Morrum spinner, etc
Uffe's technique and words.....
Take the thread, push the handle down wards, so the machine open up where you put the wire to the right side on the little round knob. The wire must be straigt in the place. Let the handle come up, you can let push it up wards. Turn carefully the handle 3 turns, then open the machine again pushing the handle down, there you gave a nice litte eye on the end of the wire. Thus was the last move to get the spinner ready. First you have to mount the thread double through the spinner body,, abu workers got the thread pre done so they just put hhe hook in place, put the double thread through the spinner body, bent it on top of the body and cut it, then the put the ball and then the thing that hold the spinnerblade and another ball. After this the ending eye was done in the machine.
This machine allowed ‘home workers’ for ABU to speed up their work
rate. Uffe tells me the husband of the lady who was hand assembling the
spinners, ‘invented ‘the tool. ABU found out about it and bought right
to make half a dozen or so and speeded up operations of the procedure!
Basically all the parts starting bent ss wire and hook, next the bullet
piece and bearings and spinner blade and its loop, needing the machine
to finish of the twisting loop for the fishing line.
This tool was used in the casting and spray highlight painting of the ABU Spin-Up bait.
Many of the actual tools seen in the image below are Borge Johansson's personal collection of tools he used at ABU's plant at Multofabrihenin Orkelljumga.
Nice to have these small pieces of original ABU History and related to a man I have met courtesy of my mate Uffe Edefuhr.
See some of them in the catalog page below.