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Treadle Machinery

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Baldwin Treadle Lathe Not For Sale March 07, 20041869
Barnes #3 Treadle Lathe Not For Sale January 21, 20071870's80's
Barnes #3 Wood Lathe Not For Sale March 07, 20041884
Treadle Dentist Drill $1500 March 07, 2004Unknown
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Treadle machinery really deserves its own area for a number of reasons. It is usually the most mechancially complex (and therefore interesting), it is the most imposing in terms of size and often artistry, and the creation of the cast iron frames, flywheels, and fittings was an artful and highly skilled endeavor in itself. The best reference books about treadle machinery are by Ken Cope.

As you scroll through the machinery in this section, note the inventive mechanical features of the machines and also the decorative form of pinstriping and other artwork, including cast iron designs, that set these tools apart from their modern equivalents. Also, notice the size of the machines -- smaller machines were often called "boy-sized" and were given as premiums for excellent work in trade schools and the like.

Browse through this site using the tool buttons at the top of the page (Planes, Levels, Rules, Treadles, Others, Moderns).
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Today's date is Friday, December 19, 2014.

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