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Compressed Air Mine Hoist?


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Old 08-17-2018, 10:06:40 AM
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Default Compressed Air Mine Hoist?

I came across these pieces of equipment in the desert of central Arizona. I am trying to understand how the mine hoist operated. Wonder if it was an air hoist that could have been powered by the air compressor? Any thoughts appreciated.
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Default Re: Compressed air mine hoist?

If you tell me where these are,I will go look at them and get back to you
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Default Re: Compressed Air Mine Hoist?

One looks like a Fairbanks Morse N engine with a cable winch on the back of it, and the other one looks like a belt driven air compressor.
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Thank you for the response. Your info gives me a place to start on the hoist engine. 1906 newspaper accounts of the mine note that a 25 hp gas engine and an air compressor were at the site.
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Default Re: Compressed Air Mine Hoist?

The item with the winch, is definitely a gas engine - the pot muffler is still attached! Have a close look around - the missing parts may be on the ground nearby. Sometimes a metal detector comes in handy! do you know what was mined there?
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Default Re: Compressed Air Mine Hoist?

Things haven't changed much since I stumbled upon this picture in June of 2015. Hot tube chimney is moved a bit.
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Investors were mined. 1.7 million shares of worthless stock were sold in this mine from 1906 to 1908. In 2017 dollars that amounted to 4.7 million dollars. 4 of the promoters were sentenced to a year in Leavenworth. Two took off for Canada. One was pardoned. It is unknown what happened to the fourth......The mine was promoted as a gold time with ore averaging $200,000 per ton.....

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Ed. This photo is one that I took. When I learned more of the mine's history, I returned for a second look.
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Default Re: Compressed Air Mine Hoist?

Poking around elsewhere on Smokestak, I believe that the hoist pictured on the semi trailer is almost exactly the one in my photo.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=130139
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From a 1908 catalog here is some information that might be of interest. Looks like that by counting some teeth on the gears you could determine the HP of the engine.

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