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Old 12-20-2009, 11:23 PM
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Eric, The steering question is a good one that, frankly, had never occurred to me. I don't have any other pics of the traction units. However, after closely studying photo #3 in my first post, and then looking over the pic of the parts and identifications in the second post, I am pretty sure that the man shown toward the front of the machine in the full rig cut is the steersman. The man seated on the bunker on the rear platform is evidently only the fireman/boiler operator. The cut shows the man in the front who can only really have one function (steering). Also, a study of the steering components indicates that all the steering gear is designed to work close to the front axle. They show a shift lever for the hi-lo ranges next to the front man, and the parts list also shows a steering seat that the man must be sitting on (none at the platform). I don't know why the steering wheel isn't visible. But, adding up all the "puzzle pieces" brings me to the conclusion that the steering was done from the front. Bob
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Hi ! I'm restoring a 1915 self propelled star steam drill I'm looking for an engine are you interested in selling yours [please PM him with information]

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Hi,
I have a Star Drilling Machine Co. steam? powered forge blower, that is missing the back cover. Does anyone have a brochure/photo or any other info on this unit Thanks, Nathan.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:17 PM
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Hi Nathan, I am attaching pics of 2 pages from a 1915 Star "Drilling and Fishing Tools" catalog that will hopefully be of help to you. These forge blowers were indeed available in a steam or compressed air driven version, which is probably what you have. Belt pulley or friction drive were also available. Star referred to these in some of their literature as "steam jet blowers". You may also want to check the patent that is mentioned in this text for additional pictures and/or information.
I have a belt driven version of the blower, but have not seen a "jet blower" other than in catalogs. It sounds like you have a real interesting piece of equipment.
Good luck with your project! Bob
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:36 PM
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This is the one that I have.





You can read about it here:
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Jeff, That is a fine forge blower that you have there! It is interesting (having read your earlier post) that you and your Dad have 2 identical blowers with different names. In an earlier Star catalog (1890), they show their forge blowers as being made by Buffalo Forge Co. of Buffalo NY. The Buffalo company was a large supplier of this equipment, and may well have been the actual manufacturer for both outfits (simply changing the name in the castings to suit the customer). At this point that is just a guess on my part; but it does seem like a strong possibility. Bob
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Hi, Bob / Jeff, Thanks for the info.
That blower in the catalog is even a number 3 like mine.
I checked the patent http://www.google.com/patents?id=GW5...age&q=&f=false The interesting thing is the location is listed as Akron Ohio same as the Star company so maybe they made them for Oil Well .
Jeff, do you know what size your dads blower is?, At least I know what is missing now!.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:02 AM
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Hello,

I am pretty sure that they are the same size, I will call dad and find out. Can you show some more photos of yours closer? Dad won't sell his, (and I hope that I would have first refusal) but we may be able to get you the part cast you are missing if they are the same. In all the years I have been collecting (since 1970) yours is the third one I have seen, not to say that someone doesn't have a dozen hidden in their shed somewhere.

Mine is on the top shelf in the garage and I will be taking it down soon to take to http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70434 and I will take some better photos of it when I get it down. They don't look like it, but they are nice and heavy so it make for a fun task taking it off of the top shelf...............

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Hi Nathan and Jeff , Well I just couldn't stand it! All those great pics of your neat forge blowers, and not a single pic of my little monster!! So...... I dug out a couple of shots of mine so that you could see a "belt pulley" version. Bob
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Okay guys, I somehow lost the pics. One more time! Bob
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Hi Jeff,
Pm your email as I have ~6 pictures that I can send to you including one showing the "rotary piston". If I can find out what the nuts to hold the grind stone on the end looked like I would like to make a set, If you want a set maybe we could work a swap for a casting? anyway thanks for the offer we'll have to see what works o and have a good show.

Hi Bob,
Good to see your blower, seems No.3 was a popular size. Front looks the same/ back has only minor changes to mount the rotor housing on mine. If you want to see more photos of mine send a Pm with an email address. Thanks Nathan.
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This one is not self propelled; it is old. A 7X7 steam engine by Star Drilling, wooden structure with steel wheels, missing the walking beam.
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Here's a couple shots of my home-built tinker toy, which has a 5X5 Star Drilling Machine engine.

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Who made your boiler?
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Jerry:

I was told by the previous owner that the boiler was made by Byers (Beyers? not sure of the spelling) Boiler Works of Ohio. It was made some time in the late 1800's and was used in a donkey engine and winch set-up.

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Hi ! jim That's a neet star rig I'm building one from a picture and memory i have the original catalog for 1915 star yo would save me alot work i'f you would sell that rig KenFyfe@shaw.ca
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Here finally is a photo of my star drilling machine co. steam blower under power. Since my blower is missing the back cover i made a temporary one from steel so i could try it out at a local show where i could borrow a steam line. When i tested it by grinding a cold chisel, i found a Governor would have been a welcome addition to get more power with out wondering just how fast it would go without load!.

P.S. there are some photos of a star blower in this thread.
http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...081#post575081
also if anyone has a back cover that they would lend/or make a mold of I would be quite interested, also i could cast some extras if anyone else needs one?.
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I have just purchased a property in Lake Arrowhead, CA and there is an old Star Drilling Machine. Most of the wood is gone but all metal parts seem OK. Would like to find a home for this machine instead of destroying it. My phone is 909-273-1004
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Post some pictures of what's left please. That'll stir up necessary interest.

Good luck !
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Hello!
I have passed your information on to the folks at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista. They have a star drilling rig now ( or most of one) and would probable be interested in your as well.
Can I get a name to pass along as well.

WWW.AGSEM.com

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