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    Trying to identify a shaper I bought.

    More info on my mystery shaper company The Los Angeles library photo archives have this picture from about 1938 of Herberts Machinery Company at 2929 S Santa Fe in Vernon, CA (south central L.A.) and Google Street View shows the same building now without the sign on top. It seems very likely to...
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    Trying to identify a shaper I bought.

    Today I discovered more about the Herberts Machinery and Supply Company name plate. The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum here in town had one of their annual equipment running events. In their blacksmith and machine shop they have an ancient belt driven lathe with the same diamond shaped...
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    Trying to identify a shaper I bought.

    More photos of mystery shaper Here are more pictures of the shaper in question. I discovered while adjusting things and running it by hand that I can set the stroke long enough to crash the inside of the machine. Good thing I didn't discover that under power:-) Perhaps documentation would...
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    Trying to identify a shaper I bought.

    I know. I spent 1/2 an hour trying to load pictures. They kept loading in upside down. I turned them upside down. They still loaded upside down. I saved them in another format. One loaded right side up. The other wouldn't load. The site seems pretty clunky. Maybe it's having a bad day. I'll try...
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    Trying to identify a shaper I bought.

    I got this shaper recently (photo attached) and it seems to be working fine. There's no manufacturer identification on it, except for a couple hints. The stroke is about 10 to 12". The work table is 7" wide and 12" long. There's a brass plaque riveted on from Herberts Machinery and Supply...
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