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In my 1890 butcher shop I remodeled into my own art gallery a pile of old wheels were laying around in a dusty corner. The rods were still in the rafters. With a little help from U tube I discovered I had all the parts for the historical Old line shaft that drove a multitude of machines . Meat grinders , sausage stuffers and whatever else. I ordered several roller bearings and figured out the rotation with a gear motor to slow the speed down and one special part called a love joy that hooked the shaft to the gear motor. I found some old wood casting parts we drilled a one inch hole and added to the shaft. We hooked it all up and luckily an old welder in town had the alligator clips to splice the cloth belts I had. It now drives the meat grinder and several old rounds for a great historical treasure patrons marvel at when they come to see my art work. I plan to add more later maybe fans or some other old machinery . All this an Heaven too.

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That is just soooooo cool!!!

Good job on salvaging a little bit of history.
 

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Great work; I love the works of Old, those men were superior Craftsmen. Amazing the quality of work without the modern power tools we have access too. C & C's were not even on the scene then. Thanks for sharing this beautiful display.
 

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Wonderful ressurection! Imagine if those wheels could talk…oh what stories they would tell. :)
 

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Outstanding save! Last year I visited a window and sash mill in southern Ontario that was built in 1850 and still operating its machinery via the original line shaft. It was a highlight of the trip.
 

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Looks nice! Lovejoy is a brand name in couplings.
 

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that is so cool, to restore history in the shop that once was a butchers shop, i sure wish i was close, would love to see your gallery and all that remains from an era gone bye…very nice job here.
 

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That is really cool. Great to see this vintage stuff back in use…...
 

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Fantastic way to spruce up your art gallery!

A video of it spinning would sure be nice to see… :)

Great job of putting it all together!

Thank you.
 

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Oh mann that is soooooooo kewl

I went to a art gallery for glass in corning NY and it had some working wet sanders that worked off this same type of system very cool.
 

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WOW, Dan! Great score and great rebuild! I so envy you with that setup. Would personally love to see it in operation. THAT is a great added plus (historical, functioning sculpture) to your gallery, for sure.

Maybe you can add a larger scale (belted) fan sculpture to this system… in the future.
 

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That is just really cool. Good for you that you were willing and able to breath life back into it.
 

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Cool, I love that old machinery. I've seen old line shafts driving ceiling fans.
 

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Glad to see you had all the parts
 

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To see a line shaft in action, click the link.
 

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Very nice touch to that old building!!
 
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