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Ummm... That’s Quite A Machine... What Is It?

DustyBar

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01/14/2020
Re: Ummm...That’s Quite A Machine..What Is It?

It looks to me like a rock drill bit sharpener. I don't think the round base serves a specific function. The drill sharpeners I've seen do a number of operations using hydraulics or air cylinders and I think there are valve handles in the back ground for that. The guy standing there is holding a piece of drill steel. On the second photo is a pile of drill steel. Its hollow and they blow air through the center of it to carry out the cuttings.
 

Monsonmotors

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02/22/2020
Re: Ummm...That’s Quite A Machine..What Is It?

Must’ve been crazy expensive and rare.
I wonder how it worked?
 

DustyBar

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Re: Ummm...That’s Quite A Machine..What Is It?

Dinuba? I've been there many times. My uncle used to own and operate Bartel Blacksmith and Welding in Reedly. I even worked in that shop some from time to time.
 

Monsonmotors

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I’ve been to Bartell’s a few times. It’s a local legend for people like me. I’ve heard lately that the City wants it to be gone? I would think it would qualify for Historical Site status.
I told the current proprietor I’d like to move the entire building to my house. You can’t recreate that kind of atmosphere, although I’m trying.
I’ve been lucky enough to save the power hammers from Pauly Blacksmith in Orange Cove, CA and Alta Irrigation in Dinuba, CA.
 

DustyBar

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I've often wondered how old his shop was. It appears to be the oldest and junkiest building in Reedly. I can see why the city might want it gone. My uncle wasn't exactly an outstanding business man. He never made any money but if he had 10 cents left in his pocket at the end of the day he was happy. He would drop paying customer's work to fix someones lawnmower, visit for an hour and never charge for the repair. He'd always say we'll put it on the bill next time but there frequently wasn't a next time. I was particularly impressed with his steel punch, punching 1.25" holes in 1.25" plate with a single blow. The punching would come out of there smoking hot in just a split second and larger diameter than the hole they came from. I don't recall a line shaft in the shop but I think many of his tools came from that era. I don't have any photographs of the inside of his shop, it was way too dark in there to get one and everything was black anyway.
 

Monsonmotors

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02/22/2020
Re: Ummm... That’s Quite A Machine... What Is It?

There’s one line shaft left but the hangers are made from bent strap and pillow blocks not cast iron hangers and Babbitt bearings.
It runs his power hammer, I think.
There are some interesting things in there!
I took some interior shots but may have lost them with new cell phone and iPad.
There IS a more complete old lineshaft shop nearby but I’ll keep that one quiet in case I win the lottery.
 
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