Identify an old machine?

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Martin
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Martin Whybrow
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I'll take a stab. Thread tapping machine. The wheel at the top is a flywheel and the threaded thing above second shaft pushes the tap down as it goes. Not a very long travel. It winds up or down the thread as it operates.
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carl mciver
"Martin Whybrow" wrote in news:ChEFd.1329$ snipped-for-privacy@newsfe1-gui.ntli.net:
Looks like a press to me..... Marty
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Marty Escarcega
I'm about 98 percent sure this thing is a drill press used for drilling accurately aligned holes in wagon tongues and that sort of thing. It is sort of a special case of a blacksmith's post drill, probably late 19th century. The crank on the side turns the bit. The big wheel is a flywheel. There are a few parts missing. You will notice on the top of the small wheel a ring of notches or teeth. There should be a pawl on the end of a lever which engages them, the other end of the lever rides against a cam which turns the wheel, advancing the lead screw and providing a "power" downfeed.
Jerry
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I've got an old dril press tht looks like that. Except this one has a couple of missing pieces. Don't if this is any kind of special purpose drill press. It might be just a drill press. Pete
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3t3d
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No relation to seller, just curious if anyone can identify it.
I belive it to be a hand operated drill press with automatic down feed - a few bits are missing including the pawl for the downfeed. As the big wheel is turned, and with it the main shaft, the rachet wheel is clicked down turning the acme down feed shaft - if you look at the top of the smaller handwheel on the acme shaft it has the rachet notches.
I saw one very similar (but in working condition) in a disused blacksmiths shop in the west country 40 years ago when my parents were looking to buy the building.
It was made by Alfred Herbert of Loughborough, England
AWEM
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Andrew Mawson
Appears to be a drill press with parts missing. I believe there is supposed to be a ratchet mechanism on the top "gear" which would advance each time the "crank" was turned. I have what I was told was a blacksmiths' drill press like this but on a column and with the ratcheting mechanism and also a hand crank to one side (without the large handwheel). My kids all developed quite a bit of upper body strength on that thing.
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