Monday, March 31, 2008

Mystery Tool Monday!

This week's mystery tool comes to us by way of Paul in Nelson, BC:
I live in a 100 year old farm house and I dug up an old piece of machinery in my backyard that I was wondering if you could identify.

Note the words written on the handle in the attached photos. It says "45 turns per min." I can't help but imagine how difficult it would be to time the handle cranking at 45 turns per minute.
It appears to be some sort of processor. I imagine the bracket to the side would hold a tray that would be filled with something to be processed and make it easy to get it into the crucible. Then some sort of food mill-like bit would grind the contents. It seems like the crucible would be removable for cleaning, but I don't know. A real mystery!

Previous Mystery Tool - Solved!
Ah, yes, the Shaler inner tube clamp. Of course. Many thanks to the collected D+R readers who solved this mystery. As opposed to a modern patch that is affixed with glue, the Shaler clamp was used to melt the base tube and the rubber patch to create a new bonded tube. A bit fussy, but I bet it worked like the dickens.

William writes:
The clamp that you have is for fixing flat inner tubes. A piece of rubber is attached to a metal cup that has a chemical accelerant in it, you place the clamp onto the inner tube where the puncture is with the flat part on the opposing side to the site that is being repaired, you place the cup into the pronged holder and tighten it in place; you then light the accelerant and allow it to burn completely and then let cool. The repair is complete.
About Mystery Tool Monday
Each Monday, D+R will present a new mystery tool for identification. It may be from our collection or may be an item that has puzzled a D+R reader but, whatever the case, discovering its mysterious use will be as thrilling as a Mickey Spillane dimestore paperback.

March 3rd Mystery Tool Link - Still Unknown
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