1. How and Why, I am Buying
antique machine tools to
Demonstrate and save History.
Building Saving and
demonstrating with Historical
machines, why do I collect???
If He Builds It, If he buys the antique machinery, Will They
A Magazine article written in Gear Magazine about what I do to save and demonstrate our Machine shop history that built our country and our way of life as we now know it-email Richard Spens at email@example.com.
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 little 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
"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
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
Blacksmith and Machine Shop
a.k.a. Ye Old Blacksmith and Machine Shop
Gear-Cutting Machinery: Comprising A Complete Review Of
Contemporary American And
European Practice (1909) (Hardcover)
by Ralph Edward Flanders (Author)
this book needed
See above for the links to all pictures and descriptions of machine
tools names seen here.
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
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)
Worcester, Mass. manufacturer of Engine Lathes, Radial Drills,
Planers, ect.; Geo. W. Fifield of Lowell, Mass. manufacturer of
Lathes; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. of
Hartford, Conn.; Geo. B. Grant of Boston, Mass. maker of Gear
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;
Parker Press Co. of Middletown, Conn. manufacturer of Punching
Presses, Dies, Drop Hammers, Drop Forgings and other Tools for
Manufacture of all kinds of Sheet Metal Goods; J.M. Carpenter of
Pawtucket, R.I. manufacturer of Taps & Dies; WM Sellers & Co.,
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
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.
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 &
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 &
of Philadelphia, Pa. manufacturer of Milling Machines, Planners,
Drills, ect.; The John T. Noye Mfg. Co. of Buffalo, N.Y.
Rice Automatic Cut-Off Engines (Gold Medal Winner Cincinnati
Exposition, 1884); Shipman Engine Co. of Boston, Mass.
Oil Engines for Printers, Steam Yachts, pumping water, sawing
wood, ect; The Skinner Engine Co. of Erie, PA. manufacturer of
& Stationary Engines & Boilers; Korting Gas Engine Co., LD. of
New York, N.Y. manufacturer of Korting Gas Engines; William Tod
of Youngstown, Ohio manufacturer of Porter-Hamilton Engines;
S.L. Holt & Co. of Boston, Mass offering Portable & Stationary
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
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
The Improved Fishkill Corliss Engines; Robert Whitehill of
Newburgh, NY manufacturer of the Improved Corliss Engine, Slide
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.
manufacturer of the Bate Steam Generator; The Wainwright M'F'G.
Company of Boston, Mass. manufacturer of Corrugated Tube
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.,
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;
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
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.
"Cushman" Chucks; Coffin & Leighton of Syracuse, N.Y.
manufacturer of Machinists' Scales; Sterling Emery Wheel Co. of
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.
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
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
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 &
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 &
(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;
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
N.Y. manufacturer of Steam, Vacuum and Filter Press Pumps & Air
Compressors; Montgomery & Co. of New York manufacturer of
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
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
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
Drop Forgings; Gage Machine Works of Waterford, N.Y. Manuf'r of
Fox Turret & speed Lathes and Brass Finishers' Tools; E.W. Bliss
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"
Automatic Re-Starting Injector; Cleveland Twist Drill Co. of
Cleveland, O. manuf'r of Drills & Reamers; National Pulley Covering
Baltimore, Md. manuf'r of Friction Pulley Covers; Fitchburg Machine
Works of Fitchburg, Mass. manuf'r of Metal Working Machines;
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
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
& 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
Hall Steam Pump Co. of N.Y. builders of Steam Pumps; Jas.
Hunter & son of North Adams, Mass. manuf'r of Clutch Pulleys &
Couplings; Union Stone Co. of Boston manuf'r of Emery Wheels,
Grinding Mach., Polishing & Plating Goods and Tools; Edwards
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
Condensers; Niles Tool Works of Hamilton, Ohio manuf'r of
Machine Tools; Buckeye Engine Co. of Salem, Ohio manuf'r of
Garvin Machine Co. of N.Y. manuf'r of Machines & Machine Tools;
Manning, Maxwell & Moore of N.Y. manuf'r of Railway and
Tools & Supplies; Lexington Gear Works of Lex., Mass. makers of
Gears; M.C. Bullock of Chicago, Ill. manuf'r of Bullock-Corliss
Diamond Drills for Prospecting, Band Friction Hoists & Mining
Mach.; The Lane & Bodley Co. of Cin., Ohio manuf'r of Corliss
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;
Ball & Wood Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. manuf'r of Ball Automatic
Cut-Off Engines; Lackawanna Lubricating Co. of Scranton, PA.
Grease Cups; The De Lamater Iron Works of N.Y. manuf'r of
General Machinery; Henry Warden Manufacturer of Phil., PA.
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
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 &
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.;
snyder of Worcester, Mass.; Edison General Electric Company;
American Gas Furnace Co. of N.Y.; Landis Bros. of Waynesboro,
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
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
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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