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Build your own Antique style wood Truck Kits for kids Crafts

R.P.S Enterprises, Antiques  Reproduced from a Photograph, Antiques Repair  Parts made, Custom services

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*My Machinery Want List Machines I'm looking for.

 *Why I collect and help with antique machine tools what I hope to do with my machines

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 *MACHINE TRADERS PAGE, buy, sell, or trade machines parts  and related items   for money only.

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"1948 Delta Tools Catalog I got when i got a few woodworking machines".


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This is the place to Ask Me a question about antique Flat Belt Machine tools.

How to contact me about saving antique vintage old machines.

Click here to e-mail me.  leave your  phone number (The Quickest way to hear back as I hate to type.  I will answer all either way.  Please any quick picture of the machine If you want to find a buyer to save the machine from scrap for save our and your grandfathers history, a ballpark price please or I'll guess one, lol.   If you can, when asking a question about antique machine tools at : E-mail me    at richspens@yahoo.com .com
 
Richard Spens operating a ca.1877? Sloan and Chase spur, face and bevel gear cutting machine. Click on thumbnails for a larger pic. (NO, I'm not Steven King people just say that, I don't know why)
 
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 I .Overview:
    Click here to read  magazine articles about what I am doing with antique machine tools.


II .Machine tools I want to preserve, this history shows where we came from, the proven mistakes and successes of the past, the hard work toiled to get where we are now, and shows us how to predict what to do next. :
Click here for the top ten most WANTED
 (by me at least) ANTIQUE MACHINE TOOLS.
 
           Click Below on each thumbnail to see the flyer I hand out of some of the machines I most want $$ with pictures of the Antique machines .
        
 
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Machine tools from all over the place...
mine and others
     
Click here  for photos  of some of my
recently bought Antique Machines,

Above, Winton gear cutting machine ca 1910, 1880's Niles Vertical. Slotter, 1820/40 wood frame metal lathe Niles is still in Missouri I need to get it's 8000 lbs home somehow click for more. 

 Click here  for photos of the rest of my Antique Machine tools.
      

  
Click here for some more miscellaneous pictures of Antique Machine shop & Wood shop Machinery I would love to have.

     Click here  for photos of lots of  neat old Antique Machines, from all over the web.  Pics of 1870 1880  machines  from the Breck auction in Kansas
 Click here to see some illustrations of some my Antique Machinery scanned from entire pages from a ca.1910 PRENTISS TOOL & SUPPLY COMPANY CATALOG.


The history and progression of the technology of Machine tools, that gives us our abundant lifestyle & why they are so important in a nation loosing it's Industrial base.
    Click here for how machines and machine tools of the past have built the life we know today and why they are so important I collect and demonstrate them. Pictures of my kids enjoying antique machine also.

 

  Click here    for Antique Machinery photo archive ( I'm working on it ) of  all my pictures of machine tool mfg. (thumb. is the  1492 War Louis XI) 


Step into the world of a 1877-1910 machinist during America's industrial glory days of expansion by reading and internalizing their thoughts:
    Click here for to see what it was like to apprentice and start working in a shop during 1880-1900

Not long after "Dances with Wolves"  About the time of little Big Horn when Col. Custers brashness finally caught up to him...
     Click here   to time travel to the high tech. Machine shop world of  New York, November 1877, and climb inside the head of a machinist.  Read the first issue of  Americam Machinist from  1877 (other articles up to 1927).
    
  Click here  for how to set up a Bar Turner in your lathe to flawlessly reduce a bars diameter.   
 
  
Click here to  view of a neat flat belt shop in Guatemala (South America) for sale page.

 
     Click here  to tour thru the Carnegie Steel mills in 1880.  .......Read about the latest 1880 Gardner machine gun.    .....Learn how machines are made in the western (at that time) machine shops in Cleveland in April 30 1891.
   
Click here for photo gallery and 100 year old articles of interesting & unusual antique machine tools, some machines are mine, some of them belong to other collectors or users.
    Click here for photo gallery of some Victorian styled 1850,s/1870,s English woodworking machines


My favorite, Gear cutting Machines and information:

  Click here  Everything about cutting Gears and their machinery.
Photo gallery and information on the above 1880's hand operated
Sloan and Chace gear cutting machines , Gleason, G & E, Newark , Brown and Sharpe, Barber Coleman machines, how to articles to make gears from  1880 to 1920.

click here  How to Make spur gears on a Metal Shaper

Click here for general information about cutting Gears.     Engineering drawings of Brown and Sharpe #13H Automatic gear cutting machine (I have one of these from 1928 in my collection)


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    Click here to help find a date your antique machine was made using  patent dates, methods of manufacture ect.. The newest  patent date cast on the machine base or printed on an attached brass plate tells you the machine could not have been made before that date.    

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 If you take some good photos of any antique machine tools  please send me a few and I'll post them, with full credit to you.  If you use a digital camera, just email (see 11f***)the images (webmaster@antiquemachinery.com) as you get them from the camera. If you use film, either scan them and email the files to me or mail me the prints. If you mail prints via USPS mail, please be sure to include your return address and phone #, as I'll return them if you need me to.
       Mail them to Richard Spens,   28515 W. 7 Mile rd.   Livonia, MI  48152-3501. 

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See above for the links to all pictures and descriptions of machine tools
          Some great old
Machine tool makers are;

   Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co. of Providence, R.I. manufacturer of Fine Machinery, Tools of Precision; The Gordon & Maxwell Co. of Hamilton, Ohio manufacturer of Steam Driven Pumps and Water Works Machinery; The Yale & Towne Mfg. Co. of Stamford, Conn. manufacturer of Steam Driven Self-Propelled or Locomotive Cranes; Lodge, Davis & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Shapers & Drills; Gould & Eberhardt of Newark, New Jersey manufacturer of Shapers, Gear Cutters and other Special Machinery; E.E. Garvin & Co. of New York, NY. manufacturer of Machinists' Tools, Including Milling Machines, Hand Lathes, Drill Presses, ect.; The Pratt & Whitney Co. of Hartford Connecticut manufacturer of Precision Machinist Tools and Special Machinery; The Billings & Spencer Co. of Hartford, CT. manufacturer of Lathe Dogs & other Drop Forgings; Warner & Swasey Machine Tools of Cleveland, Ohio manufacturer of Engine, Spinning Lathes and other Special Machinery; Pond Machine Tool Co.(Successors to David W. Pond) of Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Radial Drills, Planers, ect.; Geo. W. Fifield of Lowell, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn.; Geo. B. Grant of Boston, Mass. maker of Gear Wheels and Gear Cutting; W.P. Davis of Bloomfield, NY. manufacturer of Key Seating Machines & Drills; The G. A. Gray Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of 17" & 20" Lathes; Pratt & Letchworth Proprietors of Buffalo Steel Foundry of Buffalo, N.Y. offering Steel Castings; Stiles & Parker Press Co. of Middletown, Conn. manufacturer of Punching Presses, Dies, Drop Hammers, Drop Forgings and other Tools for the Manufacture of all kinds of Sheet Metal Goods; J.M. Carpenter of Pawtucket, R.I. manufacturer of Taps & Dies; WM Sellers & Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. manufacturer of High Speed Power Traveling Cranes; The Long & Allstatter Co. of Hamilton, Ohio manufacturer of Double, Single, Angle-bar, Gang, Horizontal, Twin, Boiler, Spacing, Gate, Multiple, Belt and Steam-Driven Punches & Shears also Power Cushioned Hammers; Russell & Co. of Massillon, Ohio builders of Automatic Engines, Boiler .
 
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Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co.of Providence, R.I. manufacturer of Fine Machinery, Tools of Precision; The Gordon & Maxwell Co. of Hamilton, Ohio manufacturer of Steam Driven Pumps and Water Works Machinery; The Yale & Towne Mfg. Co. of Stamford, Conn. manufacturer of Steam Driven Self-Propelled or Locomotive Cranes; Lodge, Davis & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Shapers & Drills; Gould & Eberhardt of Newark, New Jersey manufacturer of Shapers, Gear Cutters and other Special Machinery; E.E. Garvin & Co. of New York, NY. manufacturer of Machinists' Tools, Including Milling Machines, Hand Lathes, Drill Presses, ect.; The Pratt & Whitney Co. of Hartford Connecticut manufacturer of Precision Machinist Tools and Special Machinery; The Billings & Spencer Co. of Hartford, CT. manufacturer of Lathe Dogs & other Drop Forgings; Warner & Swasey Machine Tools of Cleveland, Ohio manufacturer of Engine, Spinning Lathes and other Special Machinery; Pond Machine Tool Co.(Successors to David W. Pond) of Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Radial Drills, Planers, ect.; Geo. W. Fifield of Lowell, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn.; Geo. B. Grant of Boston, Mass. maker of Gear Wheels and Gear Cutting; W.P. Davis of Bloomfield, NY. manufacturer of Key Seating Machines & Drills; The G. A. Gray Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of 17" & 20" Lathes; Pratt & Letchworth Proprietors of Buffalo Steel Foundry of Buffalo, N.Y. offering Steel Castings; Stiles & Parker Press Co. of Middletown, Conn. manufacturer of Punching Presses, Dies, Drop Hammers, Drop Forgings and other Tools for the Manufacture of all kinds of Sheet Metal Goods; J.M. Carpenter of Pawtucket, R.I. manufacturer of Taps & Dies; WM Sellers & Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. manufacturer of High Speed Power Traveling Cranes; The Long & Allstatter Co. of Hamilton, Ohio manufacturer of Double, Single, Angle-bar, Gang, Horizontal, Twin, Boiler, Spacing, Gate, Multiple, Belt and Steam-Driven Punches & Shears also Power Cushioned Hammers; Russell & Co. of Massillon, Ohio builders of Automatic Engines, Boilers, ect.(Complete Power Plants Furnished); J.E. Lonergan & Co. of Philadelphia, PA. manufacturer of Patent Oilers; R.A. Beldon Co. of Danbury, Conn. manufacturer of Power Hammers; Castle Engine Works of Indianapolis, Ind. manufacturer of The Castle Steam Engine; The Muller Machine Tool Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of 17" Engine Lathes; H. Bickford of Lake Village, N.H. manufacturer of Boring & Turning Mills; L.S. Starrett of Athol, Mass. manufacturer of Fine Machinist Tools; Osgood Dredge Co. of Albany, New York manufacturer of Dredges, Excavators, Ditching Machines, Derricks, ect.; The Newark Machine Tool Works of Newark, N.J. manufacturer of Planners, Lathes, Slotters, Boring Machines, Presses, ect.; Bement, Miles & Co. of Philadelphia, PA. builders of Metal-Working Machine Tools for Railroad Shops, Locomotive & Car Builders, Machine Shops, Rolling Mills, Steam Forges, Ship Yards, Boiler Shops, Bridge Works, ect.; Detrick & Harvey Manufacturers of Baltimore, Md. manufacturer of Corliss Engines; Chester Steel Castings Co. of Chester, PA.; The Phosphor Bronze Smelting Co., Limited of Philadelphia, Pa. Original Manufacturers of Phosphor Bronze & Owners of the U.S. Patent; Tallman & McFadden of Philadelphia, Pa. manufacturer of Milling Machines, Planners, Drills, ect.; The John T. Noye Mfg. Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. manufacturer of Rice Automatic Cut-Off Engines (Gold Medal Winner Cincinnati Exposition, 1884); Shipman Engine Co. of Boston, Mass. manufacturer of Oil Engines for Printers, Steam Yachts, pumping water, sawing wood, ect; The Skinner Engine Co. of Erie, PA. manufacturer of Portable & Stationary Engines & Boilers; Korting Gas Engine Co., LD. of New York, N.Y. manufacturer of Korting Gas Engines; William Tod & Co. of Youngstown, Ohio manufacturer of Porter-Hamilton Engines; S.L. Holt & Co. of Boston, Mass offering Portable & Stationary Steam Engines & Boilers, Steam Power Drainage Pumps, Saw Mills, Shafting, Pulleys, Hangers and Belting; Kensington Engine Works, Limited of Philadelphia< Pa. manufacturer of the Tangye Buckeye Automatic Cut-Off Engines; Albany Steam Trap Co. of Albany, NY manufacturer of Blessing's Water Circulator & Purifier; Frick Company Builders of Waynesboro, Pa. manufacturer of Eclipse Corliss Engines; The "Otto" gas Engine Works - Schleicher, Schumm & Co. of Philadelphia, PA. & Chicago, Ill. manufacturer of Otto Gas Engines; The Armstrong Mfg. Co. of Bridgeport, Conn manufacturer of Water, Gas & Steam Fitters' Tools; James Brandon Co. of New York, N.Y. manufacturer of Brandon's Piston Ring Packing; E.P. Bullard of New York, NY manufacturer of Machine Tools; The Watts, Campbell Co. of Newark, NJ manufacturer of Improved Corliss Steam Engines; The Hewes & Phillips Iron Works of Newark, N.J. manufacturer of Improved Corliss Engines, Tubular Boilers; The Fishkill Landing Machine Co. of New York, New York manufacturer of The Improved Fishkill Corliss Engines; Robert Whitehill of Newburgh, NY manufacturer of the Improved Corliss Engine, Slide Valve Engines, Stationary Boilers, General Machinery and Brass & Iron Castings; Stearns M'F'G. Company of Erie, Pa. manufacturer of Engines, Boilers, Saw Mills and General Machinery; John McLaren of Hoboken, N.J. builder of Corliss Engines, Air Compressors and Boilers; Hill, Clarke & Co. of Boston, Mass. sellers of Iron-Working Machinery; Adams & Richards Machine Co. of New Brunswick, N.J. manufacturer of Fuel, Crude Petroleum or Kerosene Engines; The Babcock & Wilcox Co. of New York, NY manufacturer of Water-Tube Boilers; Bridgeport Boiler Works of Bridgeport, Conn. manufacturer of The Lowe Boiler; WM T. Bate & Son of Conshohocken, Penn. sole manufacturer of the Bate Steam Generator; The Wainwright M'F'G. Company of Boston, Mass. manufacturer of Corrugated Tube Exhaust Feed-Water Heaters; Fossil Meal Co. of New York manufacturer of Meal Composition Non-Conducting Covering for Steam Pipe & Boilers; Gesswein Machine Co. of New York manufacturer of Positive Pressure or Blast Blowers; Palmer, Cunningham & Co., L'd. of Philadelphia, Penn. manufacturer of Tools for Mechanics including Chucks, Drills, Reamers, Screw-Plates, Railroad Supplies, ect.; Evansville Spar Mining Co. of Evansville, Ind. Producers of Flour Spar Foundry Flux; Universal Radial Drill Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of Radial Drilling Machines; Hilles & Jones of Wilmington, Del. manufacturer of Horizontal Flange Punches; Jenkins Bros. of New York manufacturer of The Original Unvulcanized Packing; Westcott Chuck Co. of Oneida, N.Y. manufacturer of Lathe & Drill Chucks; Pond Engineering Co. of St. Louis, MO. manufacturer of Steam Boilers; The E. Horton & Son Co. of Windsor Locks, Conn. manufacturer of the Horton Lathe Chuck; Watson & Stillman of New York manufacturer of Hydrostatic Machinery, Presses, Pumps, Punches, Accumulators, Jacks, Valves, Fittings, Vault Elevators, ect.; Hoggson & Pettis M'F'G. Co. of New Haven, CT. manufacturer of The Sweetland Chuck; T.R. Almond of Brooklyn, N.Y. manufacturer of the Almond Drill Chuck; Worcester Machine Screw Co. of Worcestor, Mass. manufacturer of Set, Cap & Machine Screws, Studs, ect.; The Cushman Chuck Co. of Hartford, Conn. manufacturer of "Cushman" Chucks; Coffin & Leighton of Syracuse, N.Y. manufacturer of Machinists' Scales; Sterling Emery Wheel Co. of West Sterling, Mass. manufacturer of the Sterling Patent Emery Wheel; Standard Tool Co. of Athol, Mass. manufacturer of Fine Machinists' Tools; Buffalo Forge Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. manufacturer of Buffalo Cupola & Forge Blowers; I.P. Richards of Providence, R.I. manufacturer of Punches and Dies; The National Pipe Bending Co. of New Haven, Conn. offering Coils & Bends of Iron, Brass and Copper; John S. leng of New York manufacturer of Weldless Cold Drawn Steel Tubes & Quick Opening Gate Valves; Pedrick & Ayer of Philadephia, Pa. manufacturer of Cylinder Boring & Facing Machines; Morse Twist Drill and Machine Company of New Bedford, Mass. manufacturer of Solid & Shell Reamers, Beach's Patent Self-Centering Chuck, Bit Stock Drills, Drill Grinding Machines, Mill Cutters and Special Tools; Simonds Rolling-Machine Co. of Fitchburg, Mass. manufacturer of Steel Balls for Anti-Friction Bearings; VanDuzen & Tift of Cincinnati, Ohio makers of Complete Steam Pumps; Rollstone Machine Co. of Fitchburg, Mass. manufacturer of Wood - Working Machinery for Chair, Furniture & Cabinet Factories, Box Shops, Planing Mills, Pattern Makers' Use, ect.; S. Elliot of Newton, Mass. manufacturer of Drill Presses, Tap Drill Guages & Special Machinery Tools; F.E. Reed of Worcestor, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Hand Lathes, Foot Lathes, Upright Drills & Milling Machines; S. Ashton Hand Mfg. Co. of Toughkenamon, Pa. manufacturer of Engine Lathes; Boynton & Plummer of Worcestor, Mass. manufacturer of Shaping Machines for Hand & Power; Bickford Drill Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of Upright Drills; Springfield Glue & Emery Wheel Co. of Springfield, Mass. manufacturer of Emery & Curundum Wheels, Emery Wheel machinery and Flint Papers; Pancoast & Maule of Phil., Pa. makers of Improved Steam Glue Heaters; Jos. Dixon Crucible Co. of Jersey City, N.J. manufacturer of Dixon's Silica Graphite Boiler-Front & Smoke Stack Paint; New Haven Manf'g Co. of new Haven, Conn. manufacturer of Iron-Working Machinery; L.W. Pond Machine Co. of Worcestor, Mas. manufacturer of Iron Working Machinery; J. Wyke & Co. of E.Boston, Mass. manufacturer of Fine Machinists' Tools; Cary & Moen of New York City manufacturer of Steel Wire & Springs; William Barker & Co. of Cincinnati, O. manufacturer of Iron & brass Working Machinery; Toledo Machine & Tool Co. of Toledo, Ohio manufacturer of Presses, Dies & Special Machinery; D. Sounders' Sons of Yonkers, N.Y. manufacturer of Steam & Gas Fitters hand Tools; Acme Machinery Co. of Cleveland, O. manufacturer of "ACME" Single & Double Automatic Boltcutters; Stow Manfg. Co. of Binghampton, N.Y. manufacturer of Flexible Shafts, Reaming Machines, Portable Drills & flexible Boring Machines; John Steptoe & Co. of Cin., Ohio manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Iron Planers, Shapers & Drills; The Hoppes Mfg. Co. of Springfield, O. manufacturer of Live Steam Feed-Water Heater & Lime Extractors; Energy MFG. Co. of Phil., Pa. manufacturer of Drill Guides & Steady Rests; Eagle Anvil Works of Trenton, N.J. manufacturer of the Fisher Double Screw Leg Vise & the Eagle Anvil; Charles Murray of New York Engraver of Wood; S.W. Goodyear of Waterbury, CT. manufacturer of Machinery for Reducing & Pointing Wire; The Laidlaw & Dunn Co. of Cin., Ohio manufacturer of Pumping Machinery; Chas. A. Strelinger & Co. of Detroit, Mich. manufacturer of Fine Tools; Powell Planer Co. of Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Iron Planers; P. Blaisdell & Co. of Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Machinists' Tools; Curtis & Curtis (Successors to Forbes & Curtis) of Bridgeport, Ct. manufacturer of the Forbes Pat. Die Stock, Pipe Cutting & Threading Machinery; Brehmer Bros. of Phil., PA. manufacturer of Bevel Gears; The Mason Regulator Co. of Boston manufacturer of Reducing Valves; Niagara Stamping of Buffalo, N.Y. makers of Presses, Dies and Special Machinery; Consolidated Machine & Tool Works of Hastings, mich. & Chicago, Ill. manufacturer of Presses, Dies and Canning Machinery; Bradley & Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. manufacturer of Cushioned Hammers, Heating Forges, ect.; The Deane Steam Pump Co. of Holyoke, Mass. manufacturer of Water Works Engines & Steam Pumping Machinery; The Hendey Machine Co. of Torrington, Conn. manufacturer of Lathes; Miller, Metcalf & Parkin, Crescent Steel Works of Pittsburgh, PA. suppliers of Die Steel in Bars or Blocks; Tower & Lyon (Successors to Melvin Stephens) of New York manufacturer of Stephens Vises; Sebatian, May & Co. of Cin., O. manufacturer of Foot & Power Lathes, Drill Presses, Shapers, Band, Circular & Scroll Saws, Tools & Supplies; John W. Hudson- Madison Manufacturing Co. of Madison, Wis.; Guild & Garrison of Brooklyn, N.Y. manufacturer of Steam, Vacuum and Filter Press Pumps & Air Compressors; Montgomery & Co. of New York manufacturer of Tools, Supp;ies & Machinery; W.C. Young & Co. of Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Engine, Hand & Foot Lathes; Chas. F. baker of Minneapolis, Minn. manufacturer of Common Sense Oil Filters; Thos. H. Dallett & Co. of Phila., Pa. manufacturer of Patent Portable, Hand, Boiler-Shell & Multiple Drills; The Tanite Company of Stroudsburg, PA. manufacturer of Tanite Emery Wheels & grinding Machines; Cooke & Co. of New York manf'r. of The Binghampton Water Motor; U. Baird Machinery Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. manuf'r of Machinists', Pattern Makers' & Boiler Makers' Tools and Supplies; John Wiley & Sons of N.Y. Publishers of Industrial and Scientific Works; Beecher & Peck of New Haven, Ct. manufacturer of Peck's Pat. Drop Press & Drop Forgings of Iron & Steel; Muller Machine Tool Co. of Cincinnati, O. manuf'r of Engine Lathes, Planers, Shapers & Drill Presses; Betts Machine Company of Wilmington, Del. Builder of Drills & Metal Working Machine Tools; Knowles Steam Pump Works of N.Y. & Boston manf'r of Improved Pumping Machinery; Niagar Machine & Tool Works of Buffalo New York builders of Presses, Shears & other Special Mach.; Chas. Parker Co. of Meriden, Ct. manufacturer of Guns, Gun Parts, Vises, Tools, ect.; J.H. Williams & Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y. makers of Wrenches, Tools and other Quality Drop Forgings; Gage Machine Works of Waterford, N.Y. Manuf'r of Fox Turret & speed Lathes and Brass Finishers' Tools; E.W. Bliss Co. of Brooklyn, New York World's Largest Manufacter of Presses, Dies, Shears, Mills,Canning Equipment and other Special Tools; Nicholson File Co. of Providence, R.I. manuf'r of Files & Rasps; Nathan Manufacturing Co. of New York manuf'r of "Gresham" Patent Automatic Re-Starting Injector; Cleveland Twist Drill Co. of Cleveland, O. manuf'r of Drills & Reamers; National Pulley Covering Co. of Baltimore, Md. manuf'r of Friction Pulley Covers; Fitchburg Machine Works of Fitchburg, Mass. manuf'r of Metal Working Machines; Henry Carey Baird & Co. of Phil., Pa. Industial Publishers, Booksellers & Importers; Volney W. Mason & Co. of Providence, R.I. manuf'r of Friction Pulleys, Clutches & Elevators; P.H. & F.M. Roots of Connersville, Ind. manuf'r of Force Blast Rotary Blowers for Foundries, Smith Shops, Pneumatic Tubes, Ventilation, ect.; Beaudry & Co.(formerly of Beaudry's Upright Power Hammer) of Boston, mass. manuf'r of Presses, Shears, Punches & Hard Coal Heating Forges; C.F. Richardson of Athol, Mass. manuf'r of Nickel Plated Pocket Levels; Henderson Bros. of Waterbury, CT. manuf'r of Exhaust Tumbling Barrels; C.W. LeCount of South Norwalk, Conn. manuf'r of Lathe Dogs & other Drop Forgings; Park Mfg. Co. of Boston manuf'r of Injectors, Ejectors & Jet Apparatus; T. Shriver & Co.'s Iron Foundry of N.Y.; The Volker & Felthousen M'F'G. Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. manuf'r of Steam Pumps; Pulsometer Steam Pump Co. of N.Y. manuf'r of Steam Pumps; Hall Steam Pump Co. of N.Y. builders of Steam Pumps; Jas. Hunter & son of North Adams, Mass. manuf'r of Clutch Pulleys & Cutt-Off Couplings; Union Stone Co. of Boston manuf'r of Emery Wheels, Grinding Mach., Polishing & Plating Goods and Tools; Edwards Meeks of Phil. - Publisher; Gage Tool Co. of Vineland, N.J. manuf'r of Planes & Hand Tools; Henry R. Worthington of N.Y. manuf'r of Independent Condensers; Niles Tool Works of Hamilton, Ohio manuf'r of Machine Tools; Buckeye Engine Co. of Salem, Ohio manuf'r of engines; The Garvin Machine Co. of N.Y. manuf'r of Machines & Machine Tools; Manning, Maxwell & Moore of N.Y. manuf'r of Railway and Machinists' Tools & Supplies; Lexington Gear Works of Lex., Mass. makers of Gears; M.C. Bullock of Chicago, Ill. manuf'r of Bullock-Corliss Engines, Diamond Drills for Prospecting, Band Friction Hoists & Mining Mach.; The Lane & Bodley Co. of Cin., Ohio manuf'r of Corliss Engines; G.S. Woolman of New York manuf'r of Drawing Instuments; The D. Frisbie Co. of N.Y. manuf'r of Frisbie Friction Pulleys & Clutches; The Ball & Wood Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. manuf'r of Ball Automatic Cut-Off Engines; Lackawanna Lubricating Co. of Scranton, PA. manuf'r of Grease Cups; The De Lamater Iron Works of N.Y. manuf'r of General Machinery; Henry Warden Manufacturer of Phil., PA. manuf'r of Atkinson Cycle Gas Engines; The Hilles & Jones Co. of Wilmington, Del. manuf'r of Machine Tools; Bement, Miles & Co. of Phil., Pa. manuf'r of Metal-Working Mach. Tools; William Sellers & Co. of Phil., Pa. manuf'r of Machine Tolls for Working Iron & Steel; The New Process Raw Hide Co. of Syracuse, N.Y manuf'r of Raw Hide Gears; Southwark Foundry & Machine Co. of Phil., Penn. manuf'r of Boileers, Steam Hammers, Blowing & Reversing Engines, Centrifugal Pumps, Steam Pumps & Heavy Castings; The Norton & Jones Machine Tool Works of Plainville, Conn. manuf'r of Machine Tools & Special machinery; The Champion Blower & Forge Co. of Lancaster, Pa.; J.D. wright & Sons of Brooklyn, N.Y.; The Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. of Cincinnati, O.; N.P. Bowsher of South Bend, Ind.; J.E. snyder of Worcester, Mass.; Edison General Electric Company; American Gas Furnace Co. of N.Y.; Landis Bros. of Waynesboro, Pa.; Trump Bros. Machine Co. of Wilmington, Delaware; R.D. Nuttall & Co. of Allegheny, PA.; Giant Key-Seater Co. of East Saginaw, Mich.; Light Drill Presses of Hartford, Conn.; J.E. Lonergan & Co. of Phila., Pa.; Harrison Safety Boiler Works of Phil., Pa.; T.M. Foote Regulator Co. of Boston; Adriance Machine Works of Brooklyn, N.Y. manuf'r of Gang Slitters, Automatic Screw Machines and Double Seamers; Samuel C. Rogers & Co. of Buffalo; Alfred Box & Co. of Phila., Pa.; Van Duzen Gas & Gasoline Engine Co. of Cincinnati, O.; Capitol Mfg. Co. of Chicago; M.T. Davidson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; The States Machine Co. of Newark, N.J.; L. & R. Wister & Co. of Phila., PA.; John Royle & Sons of Paterson, N.J.; Penberthy Injector Co. of Detroit, Mich.; A.J. Wilkinson & Co. of Boston; William Jessop & Sons, L'd. of Sheffield, England; Crescent Steel Co. of pittsburgh, Pa.; .

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If He Builds It, Will They Come?

Richard Spens has been purchasing and rebuilding antique machine tools for nearly a decade. He is drawn to the ornate architecture and fascinated by the open design that allows you to see a machine as it operates. Of course, this interest is nothing new. "Working with machines has been a lifelong thing with me," said Spens, now a design engineer. "I started building steam engines when I was 10 years old." What he's working on now, however, is bigger than any steam engine or machine tool.

  In the Township of Cohoctah Michigan, Spens is working on converting an old dairy barn into an accurate recreation of a turn-of-the-century, belt-driven gear shop. It's an outgrowth of his interest in antique machine tools and, he feels, a way to stem the tide that is costing America so many manufacturing and skilled trade jobs.

"I see America losing its industrial base and hands-on skill, said Spens. "I think it's important to keep up the interest in the young people." He is hoping that his antique gear shop will be able to do just that by introducing children to machine tools that they can see into, watch in operation, and even operate themselves. Ideally, they could create something that they could take away as a souvenir. It was an idea Spens got while visiting the Henry Ford Museum's machine shop exhibit. "People were lined up to take a turn making a little candlestick at a turret-lathe they had set up. A machinist-an old timer-would take them through the procedure, and they came away with the candlestick they made themselves. I thought it was great."

The skills of that "old timer" are another thing Spens sees falling away from Americans today. "It used to be that the people operating these machine tools had to be artists," he said. "Things were made by skilled hands. Then the technology improved and the art was taken out of making

  A Magazine article about what I am doing with antique machine tools.
  (restoring, finding, collecting them )     

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 He Builds It, Will They Come?

Richard Spens has been purchasing and rebuilding antique machine tools for nearly a decade. He is drawn to the ornate architecture and fascinated by the open design that allows you to see a machine as it operates. Of course, this interest is nothing new. "Working with machines has been a lifelong thing with me," said Spens, now a design engineer. "I started building steam engines when I was 10 years old." What he's working on now, however, is bigger than any steam engine or machine tool.

  In the Township of Cohoctah Michigan, Spens is working on converting an old dairy barn into an accurate recreation of a turn-of-the-century, belt-driven gear shop. It's an outgrowth of his interest in antique machine tools and, he feels, a way to stem the tide that is costing America so many manufacturing and skilled trade jobs.

"I see America losing its industrial base and hands-on skill, said Spens. "I think it's important to keep up the interest in the young people." He is hoping that his antique gear shop will be able to do just that by introducing children to machine tools that they can see into, watch in operation, and even operate themselves. Ideally, they could create something that they could take away as a souvenir. It was an idea Spens got while visiting the Henry Ford Museum's machine shop exhibit. "People were lined up to take a turn making a little candlestick at a turret-lathe they had set up. A machinist-an old timer-would take them through the procedure, and they came away with the candlestick they made themselves. I thought it was great."

The skills of that "old timer" are another thing Spens sees falling away from Americans today. "It used to be that the people operating these machine tools had to be artists," he said. "Things were made by skilled hands. Then the technology improved and the art was taken out of making things

like a gear set." You still had to be skilled, to know what you were doing, but the process was more scientific, centered more around operating the machine than around making the gears. Spens sees this as a tragedy, and he is hoping that his antique gear shop can someday help turn that around. In their heyday, these were the machines of artists.

According to Spens, one of the jewels of his collection, and the most operational gear machine he has, is a Chase and Sloane machine built in the 1880s. A tabletop machine with its own motor, it was used to cut the tiny gears that went into the foot-powered dental drills of the day. "It has two levers for feed control-one horizontal and one vertical-and cuts one tooth at a time," explained Spens. "It was one of the most accurate gear cutters of its time. To make the drill as quiet as possible, it had to be."

Some of the other gear machines that will one day adorn his shop include another Chase and Sloane, this one with a three-spindle head that gashes, rough-cuts and finishes the tooth before the manual index moves the blank to its next position. There are also a pair of Adams gear hobbers (circa 1910) with fully open architecture and several smaller gear cutters used for watch making. Spens is also restoring an interesting pair of Gould and Eberhardt vertical hobbers, dated 1909 and 1912 respectively. These machines demonstrate the changes in machine architecture that G&E implemented during that time.

The project itself has been a long and difficult one right from the start, with humidity problems encouraging rust as well as problems with powering his shop. His long-term goal is to erect a hit-or-miss single piston gas engine to operate the belt. This, in turn, would power the belts going to the machines. However, those machines that already have motors, such as the gear machines, will not be converted in order to keep them operational. Other machines will be belt-driven to give visitors a taste of what a belt-driven factory was like. "There was a finite amount of power to go around in these shops," said Spens. "You had to work around that. Sometimes, machines would have to sit idle so that higher priority jobs could be done."  

      So, once he finishes his belt-driven gear shop, will it be open to the public? Yes, sort of he answers, you can become an instant friend and come see them as my insurance allows. "It'll start out as a kind of private exhibit people can visit on a one-on-one basis. My ultimate goal, however, is to make it a hands on museum to educate teens and young adults of how the machines of the past built the better life we know today.

In his words…

“Museums today seem to be straying from the need to show history both an interesting and tangible way using real Artifacts, large descriptive human interest photos, and hands on related machine movement.”

The early principals of mechanics and electrics support today’s comparably easy life. Currently there is such a focus on high technology that those students who don’t have such good grades but have a lot of other abilities are left behind in poverty.  There is a need especially to provide the segment of the population that is not college bound with a skill and employment.  Those Students need a place to go, and that place has traditionally been in manufacturing. I want to interest them in careers in industry; industry today requires a certain amount of college level classes, but not an advanced degree

 Public use issues that go along with the creation of a museum proper are simply cost prohibitive", But almost anyone short of an inspector can become an instant friend and come over and see that things worked surprising well for what the old boys had to work with technology speaking.

If you think you can help, Spens would love to hear from you. If you have an antique machine for sale, or you'd like to donate one, please write to him at the address below. Also, if you are interested in acquiring antique machine tools, he would be happy to point you in the right direction. Write to him at:

Richard Spens
28515 W. 7-Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152-3501
 Call me at 248-474-2799

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Nov. 12, 2002

A Man and His Mania  for Machines 

Richard Spens has a hobby that leads him onto the Internet, through magazines, to auctions and into farmers’ back yards.          It’s a hobby that he succeeds at through obsessive-compulsive behavior—his joking description of his persistent interest, and the way he uses to solve his problems at work, because he never gives up .
    He says he looks everywhere and all the time for what he wants, to the limit of what his wallet—and his wife—can stand.

Richard Spens collects antique machinery. About six years ago, his hobby led him to a McDonald’s parking lot near Midland, MI, to meet a woman taking her daughter to college in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The woman’s SUV was carrying Spens’ latest acquisitions.
One of those acquisitions was a hand-operated gear-cutting machine that may be as many as 116 years old.

That age is based on the company name on the machine: Sloan, Chance and Co. That business was organized in 1886 as a partnership between Charles T. Sloan and George E.O. Chance. Sloan originally founded the business in the 1870s. The 1886 partnership later became Sloan and Chance Mfg. Co. All three versions of the business made small bench lathes, small bench milling machines and small gear-cutting machines.

Spens knows little else about the business and that much he learned from one of its lathe catalogs and from American Lathe Builders: 1810–1910, a history by Kenneth L. Cope.

That day at McDonald’s in 1996, Spens used 2 x 6s to slide his new acquisition from the woman’s SUV to the back of his pickup truck, along with a second antique machine and some collets and attachments. Spens’ total bill: $350 for the machines and other parts, $40 for the delivery service.

Now in his basement workshop, Spens’ hand-operated gear-cutting machine can be used to make spur, face and straight bevel gears. The gears can be brass, cast-iron or steel, can have teeth as fine as 24 DP, and can be as much as 4" in pitch diameter. Also, the teeth can be accurate to 0.002" of tooth-to-tooth error and 0.005" of total composite error on larger gears. According to Spens, the machine is more accurate when cutting smaller gears.

“For its time, that was pretty good,” he says of the machine’s accuracy, “especially on that larger size gear.”

Spens himself has cut a brass spur gear with a 0.920" outside diameter and 24 DP to a quality level that he equated with AGMA Q7.

Spens explains that the machine cuts each type of gear based on the position of its arbor. The arbor can be moved anywhere along an arc radius just below and ahead of the gear-cutting tool. If the arbor is in a horizontal position, the machine cuts spur gears. If in a vertical position or at the arc’s bottom, the machine cuts face gears. If at an angle, it cuts straight bevel gears in two or three passes.

The arbor and indexing adjustment can be finely adjusted downward to create gears of different diameters. The depth of cut can be adjusted by placing shim stock under the feed stop.

Also, the machine has a vice that can be placed anywhere along the arc. The vice has a feed adjustment that can be moved in thousandths of an inch.

Spens thinks the vice and feed adjustment were used to make racks, cutting one tooth at a time, then advancing the blank the proper distance and cutting the next tooth.

     Spens has more than 40 antique machines in his collection and wants more, including other gear-making machines. Currently, he’s looking for what he terms the “elusive” 1900–1920s Gleason bevel gear planer.

     He explains that the planer’s operation is very complex and quite interesting: The planer uses its single cutting tool like a shaper cutter, but it cuts gears by tracing an involute template or other tooth form template. He adds that the planer planes its tooth forms to any pressure angle on any size blank up to the machine’s capacity.

     Specifically, he’s looking for the planer model that can cut blanks with outside diameters up to 24".

     Given his interest, Spens’ reaction to finding that model or another antique machine that interested him, can be easily predicted: “I’d buy it, if—you know—it was affordable; and I’d probably come out and get it.”

 

 

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