Cool photo. I bet OSHA would have a field day in there, LOL.
Look at the tail lamps on the top shelf! Great picture.
So many great details of shops of that era. Belt drive machinery, wiring and insulators, drill press and lathe and that strange looking tire equipment.
Thanks again Herb.
Vulcanizing set up?
Or maybe a rig to find leaks? Lots of piping with valves, trays, and puddles on the floor. I also spotted a hit&miss engine in the back, which powers the line shafts.
Actually, if you look closely, all the flat belts on the machines have wire guards around them which is very unusual for a shop of that period.
Pretty sure the tire setup is for vulcanizing tire patches and the piping is for steam lines that heat the tire molds you can see the tires clamped in.
How did we survive with so much danger in our everyday lives before regulation?
unnatural selection for some
Did anyone see the one cylinder hopper cooled engine behind the cage??
Ok now I see Robert Anderson beat me to it!! Ha!
I don't see any blade in that saw.
The guy on the right is just getting ready to install one. He has it in his left rear pocket, just out of sight.
I love the old shop photos. The parts counter photos are interesting, but the shop photos really do it for me.
I had a saw just like that in my shop several years ago. We hooked it up to an electric motor belt drive. It worked great. You would adjust the weight on the back to set cutting pressure and clamp the metal you wanted to cut and walk away. It ran nice and slow and cut about anything. One day a friend was setting it up to use it and broke the blade carrier in half! I wasn't in the shop at the time and when I went to use it it was broken! The blade carrier is quite stout so I don't know how it snapped.
I was so Pi$$ed off I scrapped it. I kick myself for doing that just about every time I think of that saw.
The one lung engine powers the line shaft.
That's one big mother of a stationary engine! Got to be at least a 10 H.P. model. I used to restore them in my teens.
Looks about the size of my 7HP Fairbanks. A little big for what can be seen in the photo. There may be more machinery we can't see. Looks like the pulleys are set up to overdrive the line shaft almost 2 to 1. Most engines that size run maybe 500-600 RPM, so that shaft is really moving.
I wouldn't lose any sleep over the power hack saw. A modern abrasive cut-off saw is way better for most jobs and faster. The only thing I have ever used a huge power saw for is very thick, heavy pieces where you set it up and walk away and it takes it's own time. I used it to saw up T blocks for a cutaway project. Way too much work.
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