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06-18-2004, 01:26 PM

Forrest Addy
06-18-2004, 01:42 PM
Cone pulley and flat belts forever.

Anyone ever been in a line shaft shop when the line shft is running idle? There's this whispering, murmuring, clicking undertone that comes from everywhere. It's like you were a cricket inside a violin while someone polishes it.

06-18-2004, 02:18 PM
I've been lucky enough to be in two lineshaft shops now with all lineshafts running, most recently at the Armington and Sims shop in the Greenfield Village section of the Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn Michigan


Several years ago I visited the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek California and was lucky ehough to get there right as they finished some maintenance work on the lineshaft. They not only started the lineshaft, but also engaged all machines simultaneously to check everything out. I am still surprised by how quiet it was with no load on the machines.

06-18-2004, 07:38 PM
I worked in one for a brief period at an old cotton gin,I can still hear that sound,thap,thap,thap from the lacings,you could also tell by the sound which machine was being started up because you would get a change in tone as the belt went from loose to tight pulleys.We flipped belts by hand too,none of that sissy pole stuff http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif