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I'm wondering if anyone has any pictures or info on the Star Drilling Machine Co. of Akron, Ohio? A...

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Old 02-10-2008, 02:29 AM
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I'm wondering if anyone has any pictures or info on the Star Drilling Machine Co. of Akron, Ohio? A fellow at the museum near me is slowly working on restoring a self-propelled Star, the only one we know to exist. http://www.agsem.com/star.html

If anyone has any information or pictures of them, I would be extremely grateful.
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I think the driller at Antique Powerland in Brooks, OR. is a Star, but its not a self propelled.

http://antiquepowerland.com/
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Default Re: Star Drilling Machine Co.

Bill Smith from Baraboo, Wi. shows his beautifully restored self-propelled KEYSTONE WELL DRILLING MACHINE size 4 1903 at the Badger Steam & Gas engine club every year in August. Hope this might help.
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Hi Eric

Here are some photos of a Star drilling rig that I saw in the Willem Prinsloo Museum, near Pretoria in South Africa in 2005. Hope they are of interest.

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Wow, thank you David! Those photos are excellent!
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Ive seen those bare engines and out of context they look Ok, but no big deal. I never saw a complete rig. Quite an impressive machine. I look forward to getting on-line glimpse of the self propelled project.
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Don't expect much progress anytime soon. We've got 2 Steamers queued up before this one, and it will be a BIG project when we get to it. She'll run eventually though
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Dad has a steam powered forge blower made by Star. We were told that they were used in the oil fields of WV to heat rivets and blacksmith items while building the rigs. I have one that is identical but made by Oil Well Supply Co.

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I suppose I'll kick this one up to the top again. Any more information out there? Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! Especially the pictures of the Star in South Africa, David!
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Default Re: Star Drilling Machine Co.

There appears to be a boiler for one near parkersburgh Wv. Also there is a self propelled driller there but i think it is a keystone i will attach pis of each
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The traction driller is probably a Star. Looks like their layout. Definitely NOT Keystone
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I was digging through some of my old pics and found this one i dont know what make it is
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The traction driller is probably a Star. Looks like their layout. Definitely NOT Keystone
I forgot to add, probably was a later one with the big one cylinder vertical gas engine. Jim Lewandoski has the engine from one at Portersville, but never got around to saving the rest. (Don't think he's really interested )
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I was digging through some of my old pics and found this one i dont know what make it is
That one looks like Keystone
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I could not Find the drill the last time I was over that way
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Its still there you just have to know where to look
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I suppose I'll drag this one up again, in the hopes that someone might have some more information.
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Hi Eric, I'm a recently Registered member to Smokstak, and while doing a few searches ( I have a restored 5X5 Star Drilling Machine engine that I show occasionally.) I came upon this thread. I have a few pictures that I am going to try and post here, in the hope that they may be of a little bit of assistance to you.
The first pic is an advertising postcard put out by Star which shows some of their traction machines doing rock drilling for a railroad. If you look closely, one of the machines has the bunkers removed and one doesn't. In fact, you can just make out the bunkers lying on the ground off to one side. Obviously removable for some reason, if need be, while working.
The second picture is a copy from another post card showing rock drilling for a different railroad. The quality isn't as good, but the rigs are more of a close-up.
The third picture is a cut from a Star 1890 sales catalog showing their traction set-up. It's a nice clear view, but keep in mind that it is a "cut" and not a photo, so all of the finer details may or may not be exact.
I'm going to follow this post up with a second containing 3 more pics from a 1913 Star parts catalog (I hope!). Not sure how the wording will come out, but at least worth a try. Bob
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Okay Eric, Here goes post # 2, with 3 more pics.
The first pic is an exploded view of specifically the "traction parts" of the rig.
The second and third pics are the following 2 pages with identifications and details of each part. I,m sorry that they aren,t a bit larger, but if you "click" on them I think that you'll be able to read them.
If you need any additional info. I'll be glad to help if I can. Bob
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Default Re: Star Drilling Machine Co.

Thank you Bob! Those are great! I had seen the first postcard before, but the image was so small I couldn't get much information out of it.

Do you have any pictures of the rigs that show where they were steered from? I thought they might have been steered from the platform, but now I can see that they were not.
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