Old Machinery #2: Old Machine Restoration

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Blog entry by MrRon posted 10-19-2014 09:01 PM 2203 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you watch the various automotive restoration programs on TV, you will realize there are literally hundreds of such restoration shops in the country. This has been due to the interest in old and classic cars. There is a growing market for restored cars.
That being said, there is an interest in old vintage machinery; not as big as for vintage cars, but there is a presence. There are individuals who restore old machines, but not to any large extent. They usually do it as a hobby. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were old machine restoration shops who would acquire old machines, remanufacture/ repair them and place them up for sale? I don’t think it would ever catch on to the extent of a TV series, but there could be a market.
On the “Old Woodworking Machine” website, there are thousands of old machines in home shops. Many of these machines, both metal and woodworking have been restored or are in the process. Because most of these machines are no longer being made, parts can be a big problem. There are some parts available for some of the “newer” machines, but unless you have the skills and the tools to make your own parts, you are usually out-of-luck. There are a few individuals who replicate parts for some of the machines, but never enough.
There is a company who bought the patterns from a defunct company (Sheldon) I think, but the cost to get a newly manufactured part is quite expensive.

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