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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.

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5 Responses to Flickr Pool: Old Tools And New Lives

  1. KMR says:

    If anyone ever visits the British Motor Heritage Museum, as you enter the grounds off to the left are a number of old pieces of automotive manufacturing equipment setup as monument in the open (exposed to the weather). Looks very cool.

  2. fred says:

    The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn also has a nice collection of engines etc.

    This one pictured seems to have been in a fire.

    We still have lots of old machinery in our shops. If we were really a mass production outfit – we’d probably would have converted long ago to NC routers etc. in our cabinet/wood shop but for now we make do with table saws, shapers etc. I’ll match our old Oliver inline rip saw to most anything thats out there now. And – in our plumbing shop – I think our old Oster threading machine is the equal if not better than the newer Ridgid and Reed equipment we carry on our larger trucks. Making some of the old stuff come up to modern OSHA compliance takes a bit of doing – sheetmetal guards, rewired stop buttons etc. – you need to judge if it is worth the effort. For the older machinery that we’ve kept running – we obviously thought thet the trade-off was worth it.

  3. DocN says:

    The gears, being cast iron, are probably still useful, but the motor’s toast. 🙂

    I rebuilt this 1962 Nichols horizontal mill (http://www.docsmachine.com/machineshop/nichols-completed-3.jpg) that had been through at least three production factories, including US Drill, and wound up rusting away in an unheated connex up here in Alaska.

    Now it’s one of the most-used tools in the shop.

    This month’s project is an even older 1909-ish Rockford drill press: http://www.docsmachine.com/machineshop/rockford08.jpg


  4. Chuck says:

    You make it sound like a grandparent.

  5. micro says:

    Looking at the picture it looks like this beast is sitting in the remains of its burned shell of a tomb.

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