Walking Around Old Tech
Hi fellow Hiveians,
Today I'm back with edition 2 of my county fair walk that we took recently, this time with pictures dedicated to the amazing old machinery on display!
Walking Around Old Tech
I don't know if it's a fascination with how people used to do things, but if there's one thing that I love is that when I see old technology like this, I get enthralled in it for sure!
The family and I went to one of the local fairs a few weeks ago and there were a bunch of cool things going on, one of them being this amazing old set of machinery! The little man heard it from a good distance away and was curious what the noises were so we went over to investigate. We were absolutely excited to see this type of stuff!
There was so many cool things to see. The one thing that I didn't really like, but I guess it was to be expected, is that they weren't using all of the different machines when we were there! I know we were there fairly early in the morning so that we could get a decent parking spot and see the various attractions before it got too hot and there were too many people. What we wanted to see more of was the things actually being used.
We did get lucky and saw this old wood board planar machine! I've always been curious how they would take boards and refine them so that they are consistent across the board, pun intended LOL. This here was an example of a machine that would do just that! The machine was constantly rotating and there was a hidden blade in there that you couldn't see but the guy was making adjustments to the height of it to make it so that the board was actually getting a little trim. As you can see with all of the wood chips around him, they were cutting quite a few pieces of wood during the time of the fair! I was surprised how well the thing worked, it really did a great job trimming the board and making it a more uniform thickness!
The other machines here, such as this big one here, were ones that I was really looking forward to seeing what the heck they were meant to do. Sadly we didn't get to see it in action for what it should do, I think it might have been a table saw or something. We did get to see it running though and the leather strap was going all over the place. I was glad they had the area fenced off so that people couldn't get inside it, otherwise some idiot would have certainly gotten his finger chopped off lol. Natural selection at its best..
This machine here was a little bit different, in that it was farm equipment. This was an old cow manure spreader over the fields. The manure would sit in big piles on the table here and the teeth would move it towards the back where it would be chopped up and flung off it, to be flung into the fields and the dirt for the wonderful fertilization that it offers. They ended up using this old manure spreader as the storage compartment for the gigantic wooden boards that he was sending through the planer. I think he was also using this to store the freshly cut other boards he was making in one of the other pieces of machinery, though I don't really know because we didn't get to see 'em in action.
Necessity is the mother of invention for sure. The farmers were certainly looking for easier ways to do their critical work, and taking the necessary poop from the cows and throwing it all over the fields where it can get to work is an important task. A less than ideal task, smell wise, but crucial nonetheless. I'm sure the farmers that were using this machine here got a considerable boost in productivity having the manure flung off the back instead of having to be shoveled or something!
This one here is what looks like to be a precursor to a miter saw. It has the board guide to it and somehow the person has it running then maybe pushes the board guide towards the blade or pulls the blade toward the guide. I think I figured it out when looking at it from a different angle but I don't have the other view in mind here. I do vaguely remember it being the case though.
I would love to figure out who owns these types of tools so I could just hang out at their wood shop and cut shit all the time lol. I would certainly also help them fix the tools and learn how to repair them, but it would be really fun to just cut various things!
This is the crazy configuration of the belts to one of the machines. This one connected in a few different spots and has wild corkscrew to it right in the middle. What I couldn't figure out is how the thing was running and the belt wasn't falling off! There didn't seem to be any visually apparent guide blocks to the spinning wheels to stop the belt from falling off, they were just rolling along the track unhindered and somehow it was able to not fall apart. That would have been something that took me quite a while to get working again if I had to fix it lol.
I think this machine is what is on the end of the miter saw but I can't remember exactly what this one was operating. In any case though, these were the incredible machines that they had at the fair. I am looking forward to the next fair that we are going to in a few weeks, there's going to be mroe old machinery like this for me to get a look at!
-CmplXty. Real human written content, never AI.
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