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   WANTED $$: Antique old Flat belt drive Machine Shop Machinery & Parts, Tools, found, bought, traded, used repaired, help & Information Collectors Network Website by Richard Spens (also antique Woodshop, Woodworking Machine, Machines)
      I'm trying to recreate an ca.1870/1920 Historical Overhead Flat Belt Lineshaft Metalworking &Woodworking shop Recreation.  My goal is to help keep alive our machine shop heritage and industrial History that has built, and still builds much of our life today..        .........But I Need Your Help!!!.... I'm looking to purchase pre. 1925 flat belt driven wood working or metal working Machinery for this collection and for working, But there is more to this than acquiring... This shop will be non-profit, and not just for show but for hands on demonstrations and real metal working. Children especially enjoy the movement they can see and generate and easily see with the hand wheels, shafts, gears ect. on these old machines. They  should learn how this built their grandparents lives and still supports their lifestyle. y.
          I'm also interested in
trading information and networking with other collectors were interested in woodworking and metalworking machines. There are lots of machines offered at nearly scrap that can be used by a hobbyist. I have planned this web site to be a place people with similar trades crafts interests and hobbies can share their obsession and share information, to get help for the machines that they want themselves, or to refer to others who are looking for that machine for their collection, or just a low cost  machine tool to build and fix things with. (provided they are willing to give up a little space and use a winch, rollers, trailer and pry bar to get it home.  I buy the best and most unique machines I can get at the time, when a better surfaces I get that one, and can then show a progression of technology, or trade it if I must to someone who wants it more for their collection or use.
      I don't sell, but do refer Machines available to someone  who is looking for one at no advantage to myself in order to save a machine and give it a home. Sharing information with others helps keep our HISTORY from being melted down by the scrap yards. I trade and buy when the opportunity to upgrade to older/more complete Antiques, or to complete an area I'm trying to represent (ESPECIALLY GEAR CUTTING and GRINDING Machinery).
I'm looking to purchase pre. 1925 flat belt driven wood working or metal working machines. I'm especially looking for very old or ornate machines, grinding machines, gear cutting machines and the more unusual machines, like vertical slotters 4-6 spindle automatics, and machines made by Brown and Sharpe, Hendy,  Potter & Johnson, Sloan & Chase, Newark, Winton, Gould & Everhart Hendy, Garvin.     I would be glad to pay a 15%  finder's fee for information leading to the purchase of the above mentioned machines please pass my name along to someone who may have a shop, barn, yard or garage with one or more of these machines for possible sale trade or just to show them off.
     As I said before I'd like all of us interested in trading information and networking with other collectors to use this as sort of a loose club of Antique Woodworking and Metalworking machines collectors and related trades & crafts.
I will be glad to give free advice, help  to those finding examining, buying, transporting, repairing, using, antiques or machines that they have or want.                               I can be reached at.
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           Richard Spens                                                        
           28515 W. 7 Mile Rd.            Or Please call me at      (248)-474-2799

           Livonia,  MI   48152-3501         (shop is not in Livonia)                                                                                                                     

 Antique, Used, Old, Machine Shop & Parts, Tools, Woodshop Machinery Collector's / User's  Exchange of Information & Network.

Antique Machinery did'ent start out  as a dusty collection of memorabilia.

It began as reaction to the lack of established museum's lack of hand on machines and skills teaching how to do it yourself machine shop heritage,    and also my wife's questioning...

What are you going to do with all this junk?........
Well, I'll set up an hands-on museum and trades school using them for the disadvantaged and anyone else with the mechanical ability."