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    Magnetic & John: I can relate to the...

    Magnetic & John:

    I can relate to the Duff-Norton jacks. John: you are correct in your comment about the jacks being "escapees from a steam locomotive repair facility".

    We use somewhat larger...
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    Greg: That is a real classic pinup. At least...

    Greg:

    That is a real classic pinup. At least for me, it speaks of the 1920's or 1930's, when that sort of art and style was in vogue. Kind of reminds me of the cars of the 30's, or maybe because...
  3. The Burke number 4 mill, if equipped with the...

    The Burke number 4 mill, if equipped with the factory-built power feed to the table ( X axis) had no means of reversing the direction of table feed. Possibly, a previous owner of that milling...
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    Adam: Porn of one sort or another was an old...

    Adam:

    Porn of one sort or another was an old US tradition in mens' barbershops. In the 1890's, there was "the Police Gazette" which featured risque pictures of curvaceous women. Mens' barbershops...
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    Obviously, that shop was in a place where: "Men...

    Obviously, that shop was in a place where: "Men are Men, and the sheep are nervous".

    Years ago, a buddy and I went up to Central Bridge, NY at the northern end of the Schoharie Valley. This is a...
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    The world sure has changed in 40+ years, and not...

    The world sure has changed in 40+ years, and not necessarily for the better. I like to think of how fresh and clean the world must have seemed to Mr. O'Connor in 1947 as he machined a street car...
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    Doug: You confirmed what I wrote about. The...

    Doug:

    You confirmed what I wrote about. The old traction motors had a split bearing, half of which was cast integral with the motor housing. This split bearing was used to support the motor on the...
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    Thermite: The essence of Kosher meat has a...

    Thermite:

    The essence of Kosher meat has a couple of basic principals:
    1. to insure that people consuming the meat would not be eating meat which might cause diseases. For this reason, pork and...
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    Mr. O'Connor either took his safety glasses off...

    Mr. O'Connor either took his safety glasses off for the photo, or has lightning-quick reflexes, able to turn his head and close his eyes when chips fly in that direction. He looks quite happy, so...
  10. The guards may have been more for catching the...

    The guards may have been more for catching the soluble oil coolant used in the grinding operation so it could be recirculated. In that era, people were expected to know where there body parts were in...
  11. Chiptosser: We are all happy to hear that you...

    Chiptosser:

    We are all happy to hear that you got your lathe safely home. A well-founded bit of wisdom which I keep in mind is: "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst".
    When planning to...
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    Try contacting Simmonds Machine Tool Company in...

    Try contacting Simmonds Machine Tool Company in Watervliet, NY. Simmonds took over a lot of the Niles lines of machine tools, primarily those dealing with railroad shop machine tools. They may have...
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    How is carbon black produced commercially ? I...

    How is carbon black produced commercially ? I know dust from the wearing of generator and motor brushes produces something like carbon black, and I know a 'full rich' acetylene flame or kerosene...
  14. Robert Lang: I stand corrected as to the...

    Robert Lang:

    I stand corrected as to the working fluid for the wheel press. Water it is, and on pages 456-457, mention is made that the press can be connected to 'shop water supply' to provide a...
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    I take the view that, particularly with older US...

    I take the view that, particularly with older US Made machine tools, there is a somewhat limited pool of them and no new ones are being manufactured. It is also a factor of whether a person has a...
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    I agree that 3K is a highball price. Without...

    I agree that 3K is a highball price. Without knowing the condition of the lathe, even for a lathe of this type in really good condition, $ 3000 would seem a bit high.
    It also comes down to what...
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    My only exposure to Bradford lathes was for one...

    My only exposure to Bradford lathes was for one semester of advanced machine shop classes at Brooklyn Technical HS, in about 1966-67. Nothing stands out as noteworthy nor objectionable about the...
  18. Dale: Thanks for the validation, and for being...

    Dale:

    Thanks for the validation, and for being a friend and brother engineer/kindred spirit. I came to realize there is a type of 'engineering' or 'design', which I call:
    design by...
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    Addendum: Remove the two setscrews and use the...

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    Remove the two setscrews and use the spacer without them, so it can move on the spindle when clamped by the shorty backplate. You could tap two (2) holes in the end face of the spacer...
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    Making a spacer to allow the use of the...

    Making a spacer to allow the use of the back-plate with the short hub length would work in theory. The plain (unthreaded) diameter on the spindle of the lathe is the 'register' diameter, intended to...
  21. One way to answer questions as to what working...

    One way to answer questions as to what working pressure was used in an old press is to do some 'reverse engineering'.

    The nominal dimensions of the ram may be good for a lot more pressure than the...
  22. Chiptosser: Good luck on the move of your...

    Chiptosser:

    Good luck on the move of your lathe, I am sure you will do fine. Given the Covid-19 situation and family member's medical issues ( unrelated to Covid-19, and resolving well,...
  23. Cjiptosser: I am glad you found what I posted...

    Cjiptosser:

    I am glad you found what I posted to be of some help. Soap is a lubricant, and with relatively smooth sliding surfaces (such as plywood or steel plate or flatbar), the force needed to...
  24. Chiptosser: I am glad you are going to be...

    Chiptosser:

    I am glad you are going to be schlepping the lathe home. The name of the game in moving machine tools as in most all else, is safety first. Here are a few things to bear in mind:

    1....
  25. My own belief is the Niles wheel press in this...

    My own belief is the Niles wheel press in this thread used oil as the working fluid. The few wheel presses I have seen all used oil, rather than water. While water would work (being an incompressible...
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