Saw this rather randomly on Craigslist if it were closer the hoist would be neat to have. I am pretty sure a Model T engine would be right at home dangling from it!
Here is the ad it came from:
The small tools would make a neat little period shop, but I think those lathes are a little big to be very useful.
We see many black and white pictures of old shops. I was pleased to see the colors in those photos. Those are some wonderful old items.
Thanks for posting the links.
Wow.....just wow. Antique machine tools are one of my passions and that series of pictures started me drooling. The larger lathes look fairly complete, the smaller ones not so much. A big caution on any lathe that old is the accuracy and/or missing parts. When you consider that used lathes are a bit of a drudge on the market right now (thanks China) the prices should be pretty reasonable. And remember, you have to MOVE it which begs an even lower price.
If I had the money I'd just buy the whole dang shop. Nothing looks more "authentic" than old tools in a brick shop building!
You have a lot of nerve posting a link to all of that vintage machine shop "porn" on this family site. Sheesh.
That crane is reminiscent of my Franklin Portable Crane.
Porn is right! I don't know how to use craigslist but would someone please contact the seller and ask that they look for and get in touch with preservation groups... Hopefully the seller is getting in touch with the old engine and old tractor people to save this shop!
To scrap any little bits from this shop this nowadays is morally wrong.
Just a few sites I know of.
This is an extreme rarity nowadays isn't it?
Our pioneer club had access to a 1908 rope factory in Milwaukee and we brought some items home in 92 or 93 on Thanksgiving weekend. The machine shop on the 3rd floor was basically untouched like this one. Oh! How we drooled! The machines were supposedly destined for somewhere else.
Sorry for the rant but... ! ! !
Thank you Zach!
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Hopefully if all goes as planned, I will be bringing home an early Logan lathe tomorrow. Belt driven.
i have a franklin also,it will lift anything i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! charley
Up until about the late 1940's, there was a shop like this in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas. We used to take our plow points there to have them sharpened, so they had a forge and all to do that. I was fascinated by the overhead shafts and belting, and loved to see the Mechanics throwing the belts from one pulley to the other, never saw one miss. During the War, they kept everything running and repaired, and could make or repair almost anything. All long gone to the scrap pile now, and I am probably the only person left alive who saw and remembers this. Oh, what I would have given for a camera back then.
We had an Amish small engine shop much the same. The main shaft was powered by a diesel engine but all equipment was run with flat belts. Its been gone about 20 years now.
Here is another one:
Wow, the Craigslist lift is light duty compared to some of these!
I do agree that the shop would be great to buy as one piece to preserve or to buy the whole building as a shop, but I am afraid that most of us don't have the pockets for that. In my early 20's I had the chance to purchase some wood and metal working machines that had lived in leather mills around this area. some of the machines are hooked up with individual motors so they can be run; some are soaked in oil waiting. I have also collected line shafting and pulleys, someday it would be nice to build a shop where the machines can be set up and used on line shafting as intended.
Dallas, I have an old Logan as well, in retrospect quick change gears would be nice but it is good enough for my untalented hands.
HERE IS MINE IT IS A CANTON. CHARLEY
Charley, if you don't mind me asking, what's the story on the cab extension on the green truck?
sleeper,wanted one we could pile stuff on top.we use to go everywhere in that.261 motor 3 speed overdrive trans. i could pick up a motor with the boom and put it on top.old timers should remember it at chickasha. drove it to boston once. charley
Charley - drive it to Boston again and Iíll happily take it off your hands if you felt like flying back.
It's always interesting to see these old shop engine hoists.
I've seen the remains of some at the local salvage yard piled up along with other heavy iron parts and etc.
Are there any shop engine hoists being made as elaborate as the old ones were?
Nowdays it seems the floor shop hoists are pretty much what's being used in the average shops.