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Antique Industrial Galore

Antique Industrial Galore

Antique Industrial Galore

Hi there,

The old man in the factory next door to ours wants to sell some of his equipment to make some space in his lair. I am not a steel engineer so I only have a rough idea of what these do but if you guys want to have a peak at these shots and eventually give us a clue on if eventually tese would still have any value for anybody, that would help us to optimize our time doing research.

I appreciate this old man and I am facinated by the quality of this gear that seems indestructible, so I told him I'd help :)


To admins: This is not a sales post only asking for advice, these machines will be up for sale on a proper sales portal. Thank you.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

Wonderful stuff. Nowadays, museum pieces for all practical purposes, but someone could get a ton of enjoyment of doing a cleaning and restoration on them. I love the Ward turret lathe.

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

Yes, mostly museum pieces. Like ornerynorsk, I'd love the Ward. If it's in decent shape, I would think there'd be a good market for it - especially someone skilled (or willing to pay someone who is) in scraping and reconditioning the machine. Big heavy machines like that still do a lot of good low-qty work in a lot of industries.

You might try PracticalMachinist.com - they have some brand-specific forums as well as, I think, a general "old machinery" discussion area where you might get some good contacts, should eng-tips not be fruitful.

Also- geographical location has a LOT to do with the price of used machinery.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

Under that dirt and sea of swarf, the Lang lathe is from a well-respected manufacturer who were considered on par with some of the best British manufacturers of its day. It may still be a decent machine - sometimes the dirt tells a different story to actually cutting metal.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

I see some sheet metal machinery in there, there is a circle cutter in there that looks to be in usable shape.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

There is a plenishing hammer (bending tool by hammering at the center of a thin plate to make a dome or tank.)

Agree with the ironworker. Bottom left photo is of old (now useless) welding rods. Recycle them.

The others are not clear from the angle of the photo.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

I did not see the Planishing hammer , however I did see a set of sheet metal bending rollers .

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

Racookpe, I saw what I took to be a planishing hammer, at first. But that appears to be part of the machine next to it, which appears to be a rotary shear. I think that may be the center pivot/clamp for a circle cutter as mentioned by Berkshire.

RE: Antique Industrial Galore

wow thanks guys for these tips. So for me to make sense out of these machines, here is an open google sheet in order to write down how you name the machines and what you think Rocky can get out of it and from where. Museum? Old machines sales? Price range? etc


RE: Antique Industrial Galore

Thanks to whoever wrote some notes on the insight sheet, did not leave a name but that's helpful.

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