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Forum topic by NovacWoodworks posted 08-31-2018 04:02 PM 1137 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NovacWoodworks

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08-31-2018 04:02 PM

I picked up this beast of an electric hand plane made by the United Shoe Machinery Company of Canada (motor made by Robbins & Myers Co) recently but I’m having trouble putting a date to it. Does anyone have knowledge of either company that could help me put an approximate date to this thing?
Apologies for the sideways images, I’m not sure why that happened or how to fix it.


Plate reads:
UNITED SHOE
MACHINERY COMPANY
OF CANADA, LTD
USMC
MONTREAL, QUE
GENERAL DEPARTMENT
NO. 164


Plate reads:
ALTERNATING CURRENT MOTOR
NO. P89145 H.P. 1/6 CYC. 60
VOLTS 110 AMP. 3.2 SPEED 3600
THE ROBBINS & MYERS CO.
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO, U.S.A.


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#1 posted 08-31-2018 05:12 PM

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socrbent

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#2 posted 09-01-2018 12:52 AM

I was going to suggest that the motor was made in my home town of Springfield Ohio until I saw the motor plate. :)

Locals called the company R&M. It once was one of the larger employers in Springfield.

You may find these interesting:
http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1360
https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/springfield-company-close-local-facility/5NB9kIqf88QS5ubapmSKpK/

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 09-01-2018 03:25 PM

I’ve got a big R&M universal that looks like it’s from that same era. I’m inspired to attach it to a pencil sharpener or something now. ;-)

People online told me that mine looked to be in too bad a shape to safely run though. IIRC, there are issues with some of that stuff where under certain conditions they won’t trip a breaker or anything despite being a danger to the user (charged body). Yours may be in better shape though. The whole inside of mine is coated in some black tar-like substance.

I’m with Richard on keeping it. It would be a crime to get rid of something that unique and cool looking. Almost looks like a primitive version of a D-handle router. I actually have a router base I made somewhere here which uses that same design, but it’s for flush trimming smaller stuff like dowel plugs.

Take Care

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