For some reason I get sentimental about old machines put out to pasture this way. I don’t know why it’s here or even who made it — it’s just on old stamping machine that outlived its time. Reader Goblirschrolf posted it up to the photo pool recently, and I’ve gone back to look at it several times.
I’m sure it has a story — at one time or another it was the pride of the shop, tirelessly punching out little bits of something that made the world a fraction better. And now here it sits, its story pretty much forgotten, and about all that’s in the future for it now is to be melted down or stripped for parts.
Of course, if you’re the dog trolling the scrap yards and you happen to come upon a sweet motor and gears like these, then I suppose you could argue that it’s a new life for it, of sorts. Either way, it’s a great shot of a thoroughly interesting old rig.
Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]