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Aboram29

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Hey all,

I had the privilege of doing some consulting work down south this week and came across some (what appear to be) very old machines still in operation daily.

I know that Hansford was taken aback when I called them about the keyseater, and said they had not seen a working Model #1.

I took a few photos for your viewing pleasure, and would love to know some more about these pieces and/or their rarity is you have a moment. We are looking to preserve these machines and keep them running for some time to come.

Thanks
 

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Where is the "barn?"

Well, "very old machines" that look younger than I am do not seem very exciting.

Does "still in operation daily" mean someone is making money using them? That is sort of interesting.

Who are the "we" in this statement? "We are looking to preserve these machines and keep them running for some time to come."

Larry
 
Where is the "barn?"

Well, "very old machines" that look younger than I am do not seem very exciting.

Does "still in operation daily" mean someone is making money using them? That is sort of interesting.

Who are the "we" in this statement? "We are looking to preserve these machines and keep them running for some time to come."

Larry
Larry,

Absolutely love your encouraging, welcoming tone to a new member. I'm sure with an attitude and greeting like yours, the machining community will be teeming with new life here shortly.

I used "Barn" for a reason, as I don't want people rolling up if they decide they are close enough for a visit.

The keyseater is early 1900s at worst, but Hansford said likely 1896/1898 since it is a non-serial numbered model.
In daily operation means, yes, they are a part of a daily operation, i.e a business. So if your older than that, I'm interested in your diet.

We would be myself, and my family, not that it's your business anyway.

Have a great day buddy, I know it must be full of enjoyment and activity :)
 
Keyseater
 

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Nice keyseater, and yes, it is older than I. You have certainly added information and pictures of a really old machine lacking in that supplied by the first and second posts. So the misdirection (barn find) was intentional and you are just showing off a business owned by your family? Nothing wrong with that, I guess, unless a first post with less than truthful statements could be wrong.

I would welcome a true story of an old family-owned machine shop that is managing to keep going by doing what people will still need and support with cash. Fiction, not so much.

Larry
 
Larry,

You have a few snide remarks, but I'm unaware of any helpful information you have offered?
Do you know the year of the Okuma lathe? The Cleereman column drill? The Oster lathe? The Pollard & Corona drill presses? The Bradford / Churchill lathe?

I would assume, from your firm position, that you know the exact age of these machines since you're older than all of them? (They were all in the original post).

All that aside, this business is still owned and run today by a gentleman in his late 90s. He still comes to work everyday, and services the same customers and accounts, like he has for 30+ years.
My family is taking over the shop, due to his obvious challenges running it at nearly a century of age.

I'm not sure what makes you think you're entitled to judge the content of my post, but none of it was deceptive. I simply thought a people may enjoy some less-than-CNC modern machines, and be able to help us with age/history as we seek to maintain them and use them daily. It's people like you, and your attitude, that is killing this trade.

Andrew
 
I had the same thoughts Larry did. Fwiw.

And before you come out guns blazing, you may want to take a look see at the numerous helpful posts Larry has written over the many years he’s participated on this site.
Larry came out pretty aggressively, that's very evident. Not sure what it is with some of you guys. You just can't keep the negativity out of this site.
 
Larry came out pretty aggressively, that's very evident. Not sure what it is with some of you guys. You just can't keep the negativity out of this site.
Your only adding to it Barny.

Most everything the OP posted has been seen for sale at HGR at one time or another.
 
I am interested in pictures of shops that show evidence of making a living with 100 year old tools. Mine are only 30-40 years old. I find it gratifying when I see evidence that other peoples shops are even dirtier than my own. Don't take offense with some of the responses to the pictures you have posted, old machinists tend to be a little grumpy but still want the pictures.
 
All that aside, this business is still owned and run today by a gentleman in his late 90s. He still comes to work everyday, and services the same customers and accounts, like he has for 30+ years.
My family is taking over the shop, due to his obvious challenges running it at nearly a century of age.

be able to help us with age/history as we seek to maintain them and use them daily. It's people like you, and your attitude, that is killing this trade.

Andrew

Evidently the owner has a customer(s)

Unless you carry on with that customer(s) you don't have the machinery there to start or maintain any viable modern machining business imho

Does your family have any experience in machining and running a machining business, if not walk away.

Now if you were making axles for Amish buggies, maybe it would work
 
The Okuma LS's are some of the best lathes ever made, I prefer running them to equivalent Moris. It's hard to tell in the pictures what shape that lathe is in, doesn't look to have been cleaned in decades
 
Can you show more of the Oster? What is under the cover?
I am thinking Oster makes pipe threading machines and this could that or something similar. It does not really look like an engine lathe to me, but again it is hard to be sure with it half covered up.
 
Thanks for the info on the keyseater- We have the exact identical machine in our shop and it still works great. I knew it was pretty old when we bought it about 25 years ago but...We reground and flaked the table, made a new drive pinion and recut the bull gear and its still going strong. Great machine for small keyways. All the later model v blocks and bushing holders fit this oldie as well.
 








 
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