View Full Version : We think that we have it tough......

Mike W
04-14-2004, 05:31 AM
.....with tools made in China, etc. I was reading some magazines from 1900. A typical lathe was powered by your foot. It was called a treadle lathe. The swing was typically 5". There were articles on building your own electric motor. Another one was how to make taps and dies. Despite all this, they turned out some fine work. One guy hooked up a small generator to power everything in his shop except his lathe, not enough output. Another guy wrote in to say to be careful with carbon arcs. After testing one out, he could not see for several hours.

04-14-2004, 09:40 AM
I have a 1920 tool catalog,it has a 10" screw cutting lathe with all attachments and overhead drive for $175.00,in the same catalog becuase it was high tech at the time,was a 1/4"cap,1/4hp pistol grip drill that wieghs "an amazingly lite"28lbs!Cost?$169.00 http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gifToday the lathe is worth $300.00 and the drill can be had for $35.00,funny how things change.

Michael Az
04-14-2004, 11:44 AM
wierdscience, those handy little "drills" you mentioned were a boon to factory's when they came out. But they had to be sent out after every shift to be rebuilt! I think Black and Decker was the first to produce them and I bet they still have to be rebuilt after every shift.

04-14-2004, 08:11 PM
I had one from back in the 20's,it had an octagonal case with a "D" shaped handle and two pipe thread holes for add on handles,it was made by Thor had the old square key chuck and canvas sewn power cord,it still worked but was really nasty had gunk all over it somebody came along and liked it better than,he offered me $75.00 and I took it,went out and bought a new Makita 1/2 pistol grip,good trade http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif