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Offline Cam3512

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What the Heck is THIS?
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:29:12 AM »
I drive by it all the time.  It sits outside a small barn, and clearly has been there a LONG time.







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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 11:31:33 AM »
Looks like an old lumber saw or power unit for one, or maybe a pump.
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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 11:34:21 AM »
Interesting for sure..  Back in the day a lot of the tractor builders used to make engines to use for different non tractor applications. A lot would use the front tin from the tractor. I think thats what the power unit is... now what it is on.....  Really hard to make out from that pic. Looks cool though.
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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 11:37:54 AM »
That is a stationary belt machine. They used to run a belt to power mills, elevators, and other farm machinery. We had a belt actuated generator on the farm in the tool shed. Our shop was run w/belts for everything, I still use the grinding wheel.
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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 12:35:29 PM »
 Yeah , a portable power unit , and a fairly small one . Saw an enormous version running at a tractor show , there was also a portable tractor dynamometer based on the same basic design .

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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 12:52:55 PM »



I restored one on a wood chipper, that sucker will chip some wood. No safety devices, it'll either chip something up or stall the engine. 40 horse Continental, also used in tractors
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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 02:52:39 PM »
As said: A so called small traction engine. From its era it was originally equipped w/steel wheels, (IOW pre-pneumatic tires), upgraded to what may be early 30's Ford wire wheels. Likely had a single cylinder, water cooled*, 4 stroke 'make & break' engine. The flat rim wheels, at the tow bar end, were the drivers for one or 2 belts, ~ 4" wide. Working engine speed around 40 - 70 rpm. *No pump or radiator; just a cast iron tray of water. Some fair grounds will have a few on display. There are often gatherings, especially after harvests in the fall, where they saw, chop corn, thrash, split or just make nice sounds, chuffing.
BTW: The earliest traction engines were steam driven; Some as big as a locomotive.
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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019, 03:47:14 PM »
Lots of power plants of all kinds and other similar cool equipment at Denton Farm Park in NC https://dentonfarmpark.com it's worth seeing.  He's even got one steam engine there with flywheels approx 20' in diameter...

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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 07:28:17 PM »
That is a stationary belt machine. They used to run a belt to power mills, elevators, and other farm machinery. We had a belt actuated generator on the farm in the tool shed. Our shop was run w/belts for everything, I still use the grinding wheel.

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Re: What the Heck is THIS?
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2019, 06:47:23 AM »
Thanks guys.
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