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Broom Making Equipment Wanted

silverta16

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I purchased a winder, and a thresher, I am looking for a broom vise and other broom making tools. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Please send me a pm thanks
 

Mike Rock

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Could you guys put up some photos? Sounds like fun stuff. We've got a blind Amish guy who makes good brooms. Best I ever had was a gift from a college buddy. His dad made brooms in El Paso, TX. Had the crooked fingers and all......he was in his late seventies when his boy was in grad school. Only child to go to college, engineering. Anyhow, THAT broom lasted twenty five years of careful use. It was so fine, like coarse horse hair. Sewed or tied in a beautiful pattern around where it met the handle.

God bless.
 

ironglove

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I have a book called "Broom-Corn and Brooms", it was originally published in 1887. It was reprinted in 2000 by Algrove Publishing in Ottawa. It has detailed descriptions and diagrams of broom making machinery and tools. I am a broom maker at Old Bedford Village in PA, the vise and winder are handy but you will probably have to make most of your tools. Luckily they are all very simple, including the vise. Find the book, read it carefully. Let me know if you need help
 

DustyBar

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01/14/2020
...a blind Amish guy who makes good brooms.
My grandfather raised about 10 acres broom corn in the late 1950's. A traveling blind broom maker came to the farm and made brooms for quite a while. I'm not sure who sold them, my grandfather or the broom maker. Anyway I still have several of those "new" whisk brooms but none of the others anymore. I really like them, partly because I know the story behind them. They are nearly as old as I am.
 

azzizzjohn

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I'm looking for someone to adopt my old dilapidated broom winder. Would be good as a pattern. Located in SALEM,NJ 08079 JOHN 856-469-9596 I have a photo, but don't know how to insert it.
 

radiodoc

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02/04/2021
silverta16 that brings back memories of as a teenager in the late 50s early 60s of a couple summer jobs I had. A broom factory where my mother worked needed someone to prepare brooms for shipment. I remember the big ole broom sewing machine in the corner and watching the operator putting a broom in it's vise, wrapping a thread around it and shoving the vise forward starting the machine and when it finished it would shut off and loosen the vise. There was also a broom vise nearby for doing the brooms by hand if the big machine broke down. I was given the job of bunching brooms up by the dozen for boxing and shipping. The whisk brooms were the most labor intensive as they had to be trimmed to length, had to have a chrome cap on top nailed on and then bunched up. The warehouse brooms had to have a band crimped around them and a dozen of them bunched was almost all this skinny kid could handle. Toy (kid's) brooms weren't that much trouble to get ready. Neither were the regular brooms that hard. I believe I was getting 10 cents a dozen for whisk and toy brooms, 25 cents a dozen for regular brooms and 50 cents a dozen for the warehouse brooms to get ready for boxing and shipping...Sorry for the long post. I'll try to do better the next time. Allie
 

EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
I haven't looked closely at them, but we have a set of 3 machines; I have been told they are the 3 things you need to make brooms.
I'll try to photograph them and post some here.
We are located in Rockford IL.
If you want to come and look at them, we're here.

Mike England, Member, Volunteer BOD, PAMA - Paulson Ag Museum of Argyle.
 

EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
I finally got some pictures of our broom-making machines. There are three parts.

If you really need to see something in particular, I can get it out in the sun or something, and take better pictures. It's going to happen sooner or later anyway.
 

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EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
Here's what I've heard about broom corn and broom making: My Dad grew up in southern KY - there was a period in the fall when he and a couple cousins would travel each year to some place in IL - it might have been Galesburg IL - to help pick broom corn. Does anyone know about this? He was born in 1931 so this would have been going on in the 40s I guess.

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We still have it. Would you like to see a better picture of it?
Or, can you help us set it up and provide some information to help us make some signs?
 

rcomsteller

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Hello:

I have been looking for broom making equipment-- such as a winder, vise, and possibly a Baltimore broom stitcher. Noticed your photos and wonder if these items are still available and if so would like to have further info. Thank you very much for your time and trouble.
rcomsteller
 

Berardesco

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Hi all.

I've visited this forum a number of times over the years as I researched and restored an antique broom making machine.
Now that it's finished, I thought I would share some photos.

When I found the machine, the lower drive components, kick winder and chain were missing. I located sprockets and chain that matched, but I had to create the kick winder based on photos of other machines.

It works great now and I hope I can find a home for it.

I think I uploaded the pics correctly
 

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EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
pictures of Broom Making machine

Wow. That looks nice. I wish I could see it demonstrated.
 

I like oldstuff

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11/09/2015
About fifteen years ago I provided equipment to a facility in Milwaukee. Industries for the Blind. They had a good size broom making operation making the full size kitchen corn brooms. It was a series of good sized grungy and dirty machines from perhaps the late 1800's /early 1900's.

I visited the company a few times during the sale and install of my equipment. As a contract manufacturer they did a lot of differing things. In my case it was a machine to harden the serrations on the jaws of pipe wrenches.

Every time I visited, the line wasn't running as they'd only fire it up to meet a run of a few thousand brooms then it sat dormant for a few months.

I can't find much info on the facility and they moved to another location. I don't know if they still do brooms.
 

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