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  1. Hello Sailortoo, The pollard was the Rolls...

    Hello Sailortoo,

    The pollard was the Rolls Royce of drilling machines in their day, Many years ago, My father was on war work, he had a batch of Pollard belt driven drilling machines under his...
  2. C'mon guys , Give the man a break, He even...

    C'mon guys , Give the man a break, He even painted it red ! And I swear looking at it he seems to have painted inside the ram dovetails (Looking at its rear end,) That should help any galling or...
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    If it is as cheap as chips, At least you might be...

    If it is as cheap as chips, At least you might be able to salvage the bottom cabinet stand as a tool storage unit, beside your lathe.
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    Asquith & 4GSR, I like your observation on the...

    Asquith & 4GSR, I like your observation on the lathe photograph, firstly it is a mystery illustration somehow or other it does not tie in with the ethos of Lang's It is too dull a setting, any...
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    The photograph of this machine working was taken...

    The photograph of this machine working was taken in the machining department of possibly the biggest malleable iron foundry in the world Messrs Leys Malleable Iron co, I feel the photograph may have...
  6. Joe , you have hit the nail right on the head...

    Joe , you have hit the nail right on the head with your mentioning of Kipling's poem McAndrews Hymn , an excellent poem of a simpler time long passed For many years now(Since the balmy days of the...
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    Frank, The long pulley arrangement Tobias has...

    Frank, The long pulley arrangement Tobias has bearing on the back of his drive belts, helps to give additional driving surface to the belts, upon the pulley face's, Over here in Britain , They are...
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    One previous careful owner ???

    One previous careful owner ???
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    Hexavalent How much of it do you want guys No...

    Hexavalent How much of it do you want guys No problem, I guess there would be no takers for that stuff, little wonder. I will proceed to explain one of Scotland's worst environmental disasters to...
  10. In the first photograph, I wonder if the big...

    In the first photograph, I wonder if the big slotting machine was built by Thomas Shanks of johnstone in Scotland, It looks suspiciously like one of their pattern of slotting machines.
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    I understand That rules are rules and I will obey...

    I understand That rules are rules and I will obey them, But at what point does the defining line between industrial machines and "toys" kick in ? My reason for mentioning this point is as follows I...
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    Looks as though it has been a well cared for...

    Looks as though it has been a well cared for machine
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    It is really unbelievable what crimes Smith...

    It is really unbelievable what crimes Smith carried out all over England ,He was an evil fat greasy slob , A detective in your kneck of the woods Tyrone had a sizeable dossier on him, and it went to...
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    Reading of all the various things that can kill...

    Reading of all the various things that can kill you I am not surprised that in some of the industrial areas anyone was left!
    Joe mentions steam oil, I must concur with him, I although mentioning...
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    Maybe the pursuit of profit blinded the...

    Maybe the pursuit of profit blinded the management to the occupational hazard, But where was the oversight which should have been uppermost in the watch of the occupational health and safety also?...
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    I Like the set up, But no doubt the lathes...

    I Like the set up, But no doubt the lathes position, gave the lathe operator a sore rear end after a few days! The hacksaw gives me the creeps, I would hazhard a guess the poor old lathe's bed...
  17. I will certainly look up Mr worths site on...

    I will certainly look up Mr worths site on Facebook, I thought that the articles in the posting on Practical Machinist's site are more like an advertpage for post industrial yuppification &...
  18. Joe, Your posting on rope knurls has got me...

    Joe, Your posting on rope knurls has got me thinking on "Times Past", and many of the old Glasgow firms who carried out fine engineering, instruments making and steam fittings etc. and were dab hands...
  19. Asquith in the U.K. (Especially Scotland) There...

    Asquith in the U.K. (Especially Scotland) There has never been a particularly brilliant following for the history or study of machine tools where the museum authorities are concerned, They are...
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    Enginebill, At this present period in British...

    Enginebill, At this present period in British politics , We the citizens would love to have a guillotine, Much as I love old machinery, Even a nice C.N.C. guillotine would be acceptable Still to...
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    Enginebill, Do you mean the lathe or the...

    Enginebill, Do you mean the lathe or the guillotine?
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    J Holland, I can remember some of these...

    J Holland,
    I can remember some of these cranes still working in the 1950/s- early sixties, They were weird looking things, They were built by Fullerton Hodgart, & Barclay of Paisley, F.H.&B....
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    Years back, On my travels for an establishment I...

    Years back, On my travels for an establishment I worked for I was given a magnetic table and its D.C. power source, Feeling a real source of pride in saving the establishment some capital, I took the...
  24. Joe raises some excellent points on the Scotch...

    Joe raises some excellent points on the Scotch Marine boilers, Thinking back to my teenage years & A.F. Craigs boiler shop reminds me of an old craftsman who worked in that department, Willie...
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    His Majestys Steam Yacht Iolaire

    In the early hours of new years day 1919, Off the Scottish Hebridean Island of Lewis, a terrible maritime tragedy occured outside the entrance of Stornoway Harbour, when the requisitioned steam...
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