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The name ‘Linbide’ will be familiar to most Shed readers, probably for the brilliant scrapers that make short work of paint removal, and all kinds of metal- and wood-surface preparation.

Hopefully most people know that Linbide is a Kiwi company that has been turning out quality tools since the 1960s.

The company in Auckland’s Penrose has survived the widespread demise of manufacturing in New Zealand, the conversion to a free market economy, the onslaught of imports, and even direct competition from cheap copies of its own products.

David has worked in the business for 29 years, and Grant a couple of years longer than that

Brothers David and Grant Lindsay run the business today. Grant, a mechanical engineer, and David, an accountant by training, took over from their father Trevor, who founded the company in his garage in Epsom in 1959. At the time, saw blades

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