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    That is an L. Power company saw, as they said,...

    That is an L. Power company saw, as they said, made in Philadelphia (where I am from). My families iron works had Power wood working machinery, among others, and I believe my father knew or knew of...
  2. Nice machine.

    Nice machine.
  3. Please help identify small metal shaper

    A local fellow bought this little shaper a day or so ago. I suspect that it is not a manufactured unit but one shop made, probably university engineeering class or something like that. But the main...
  4. Umm, I ha to work on the switch in my Condor, and...

    Umm, I ha to work on the switch in my Condor, and I can't now recall what exactly i did. I believed I made a new link for a new switch, I am not certain, though.

    I also worked on the switch for...
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    Regarding the difference in wheels, this is not...

    Regarding the difference in wheels, this is not unheard of. It is thought that the designers of that time sometimes believed that the driven wheel should be lighter weight than the driver wheel.
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    I agree: could you just read that, esbutler, or...

    I agree: could you just read that, esbutler, or do you know something about that firm. Thanks.
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    I think I might be able to read it now. I believe...

    I think I might be able to read it now. I believe it reads "N.H. Baldwin and Son," and it might be located at "[something]boro VT." This is interesting to me and I have telephoned (and left a...
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    Thank you. I've just seen this and will call. ...

    Thank you. I've just seen this and will call. Can you tell me what the inscription says in the 3rd photograph: I can't read this, and it doesn't appear familiar?

    The machine looks like those...
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    Thank you, Kqua, it's not listed so far as I can...

    Thank you, Kqua, it's not listed so far as I can tell just now. I appreciate your note.
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    If I remember correctly they had an antique B & S...

    If I remember correctly they had an antique B & S planer grinder on display in the museum in Windsor, Vermont.
  11. 19th century trade card, S.J. Creswell Iron Works, Philadelphia

    This business was started in Philadelphia in 1835. My family owned it from 1952 'til 1985, when it was closed. We sold the last of the property (at 23rd & Cherry as the card states) last year, 2018. ...
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    Larry, thank you, that is excellent reading for...

    Larry, thank you, that is excellent reading for me, who had no idea about most of this. More Philadelphia connections, in Southwark and Weidemann. I appreciate it.
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    Does anyone know the name of the impact tester in...

    Does anyone know the name of the impact tester in the first set of photographs: I don't.

    My father was a mechanical engineer trained at the Towne School at the University of Pennsylvania, in the...
  14. I've owned a Rahn-Larmon lathe since 1985, bought...

    I've owned a Rahn-Larmon lathe since 1985, bought it from my family's iron works, for $100, they'd owned it for quite awhile before that, it is listed in a 1952 appraisal.
  15. What I like about the videos is that they show...

    What I like about the videos is that they show old new England--ie mid- 20th century new England--at its best. Maybe old motor shop of anywhere, mid 20th century, at its best.

    What is the dump...
  16. Those videos (especially the first) are very...

    Those videos (especially the first) are very nice, thank you.
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    I should add that I live in Vermont and collect...

    I should add that I live in Vermont and collect old New England wood working machinery and I don't have a Lane planer yet. If anybody has a lead on one I would like to know.

    These were not...
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    I have a fair amount of experience with 36 inch...

    I have a fair amount of experience with 36 inch band saws, having used one in the 1960's (and I was later given that saw by my father) and I now own about 8 of them.

    I might guess Crescent for...
  19. How could one not 'like' this note. And, 'German...

    How could one not 'like' this note. And, 'German nose,' of course.
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    Of course the question is really about the vise...

    Of course the question is really about the vise but I am interested in the Field and Son history and was pleased to read Joe's 1910 newspaper clipping, especially regarding the son's Philadelphia...
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    I go over there a couple of times a year (once...

    I go over there a couple of times a year (once already) and would be happy to learn more about these devices. Thanks.
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    In 2006 I replied above with a correction of...

    In 2006 I replied above with a correction of spelling for the Dunklee shop in Brattleboro, Vermont.

    Here it is 2019 and--a Sunday--I looked in their windows today, 13 years later. Out back was...
  23. Yes, they have value to people who collect old...

    Yes, they have value to people who collect old machinery. I'm one of them, and could be interested in these machines. Do you know yet how to use the private message system here? Thanks.
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    That is an interesting lathe but not a...

    That is an interesting lathe but not a patternmaker's lathe, which was supplied without the gear box for screw cutting which this lathe has and without the brackets for the extra reduction drive...
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    There is a lot to like in that old machine.

    There is a lot to like in that old machine.
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