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What Is It?

03/03/2019 10:33 AM

Saw this on Craiglizt..

Was surprised by the description.

don't reverse look up? I'll post the answer after everyone fails to guess it's purpose.

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Re: What Is It?

03/03/2019 12:05 PM

yikes.

I couldn't find one even using the supposed brand/model and a variety of search terms.

no cheating possible.

clue...

portable version

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03/03/2019 1:04 PM

Aha! The first portable shaver?? ....no that can't be it....I was going to say planer? but can't see enough of the mechanism...it's obviously old, some sort of shop tool I would think, maybe a leather sewing machine....?

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03/03/2019 1:22 PM

not a wood shop tool.. not for leather or sewing

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03/03/2019 1:53 PM

making cement building blocks.

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03/03/2019 2:10 PM

Looks like a piece of old postal equipment.Looking at the ink roller it appears to be a cancelling or post mark machine.

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03/03/2019 2:30 PM

I don't think making cement blocks would be so kind to the fake butcher block counter top.

No ink rollers.. It's not going postal in any way.

It does perform an action that all of us (likely) do for one reason or another now and then.

I'll do it again next week. with a razor.

That said.. this machine is of no use to any of us.

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03/03/2019 5:03 PM

An religious device generally marketed in the middle east for female circumcision but often used off lable for chopping ilicit substances into powder fine enough to be comfortably insufflated? Did I read your clues correctly?

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03/03/2019 8:32 PM

I'm not going to be doing anything of the sort.

Nice reading between the lines though.

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03/03/2019 2:50 PM

It appears there is reciprocating action, and I see what appears to be a round blade in the back. Could it be some kind of paper cutter?

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03/03/2019 2:55 PM

It's for slitting paper labels...

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03/03/2019 3:23 PM

No print no paper

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03/03/2019 3:53 PM

It's a beard trimmer...?

For bearded ladies....?

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03/03/2019 4:00 PM

It's a can opener...

No the motorized type...

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03/03/2019 7:47 PM

It's a lens grinding machine for optical clarity for those who are 20/20 challenged...

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03/04/2019 1:00 PM

<... those who are 20/20 challenged...>

Ahem, er, in the UK, the highest level of visual acuity is 6/6, which is a lot sharper than 20/20. Just sayin'.

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03/03/2019 7:51 PM

It's a giant pencil sharpener....for giant pencils

Yeah,, where ya' gonna' sharpen that?

...I know a guy....

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03/03/2019 8:38 PM

Bearded ladies? Nice trim. Pencil? Pretty sharp.. lens grinding.. don't make a spectical. bottles n cans.. Don't clap your hands..

Love the guess's.. but no

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03/03/2019 9:22 PM

"...bottles n cans.. Don't clap your hands. ...."

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So I guess it isn't two turntables and a microphone either, huh?

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03/03/2019 10:21 PM

no.. not that either, but that is a...

...great request for a Sunday night.. or a Monday morning..

Going to give the international group a chance to check in.

Somebody out there must have / might have used a similar machine..

..but it's so far fetched that I don't even trust the rather blather description at this point.

I'm guessing there is a simple apparatus at the end of the square tube sticking up in the back.

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03/04/2019 7:30 AM

I can listen to new music, but not that much all at once..

Autotune makea me go crazy..

...I'll play this set when I'm hanging out with my boy George.. no not 'that' Boy George.. he will be very impressed and I'll have a good laugh.

Cue the dancing girls..

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03/04/2019 7:47 AM

I only got through a few myself.

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03/03/2019 10:45 PM

A device for nut cracking ?

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03/04/2019 7:33 AM

Ouch. Crack kills

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03/03/2019 10:56 PM

I saw a similar looking machine in my youth in the U.K. that was used to convert potatoes into french fries (called "chips" in the UK).

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03/04/2019 7:32 AM

Like they say at the Billy Goat Tavern..

No fries. Chips..

Well.. neither actually.

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03/04/2019 1:03 AM

I think it's a slicing machine, for cutting very thin slices. Your hint of the razor blade brings to mind a microtome. I have the impression that some form of round cutting blade is missing. That missing blade could be a razor sharp blade for a microtome, or perhaps a diamond wheel for making slices of minerals or other objects..

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03/04/2019 7:34 AM

I he was holding out hope until I looked up with a microtome is.

Too micro yo

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03/04/2019 2:32 AM

The 1/3 wheel in the foreground appears to oscillate with the silver knob adjusting the amplitude of the oscillation - ie the number of degrees of rotation of the wheel, but as to its purpose I'm at a loss .....

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03/04/2019 7:36 AM

... I know what you mean.

I'm at a loss and I know what it says it is..

I'll put out the answer before the end of the day.

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03/04/2019 6:11 AM

A box opener?

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03/04/2019 7:39 AM

If it were a box opener... It would almost make more sense..

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03/04/2019 7:52 AM

Why am I getting the feeling that is going to be a huge letdown?

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03/04/2019 9:00 AM

I can say the process is being performed all over the world everyday. It's just one of those things that you don't think about.

The industry it's used in is probably one of the largest. You are probably in contact with something that was processed on a similar machine at any moment of every day.

The modern versions of this machine don't look similar but they do exist.

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03/04/2019 2:13 PM

Largest industry? Hmmm that would have to be retail (if that is truly an industry) or oil if you mean measured by dollars. If you measure by back order and customer demand urgency, it must be honeydo. I think you are you referring to honeydo.This is an dated model of a task extricator. Before current electronic virtual methods, honeydo tasks were routinely extricated by wedging a razor sharp oscilating blade between the doer and the task targeted for extrication. Tasks had to be quickly submersed in a task neutralizing substance such as gift jewlery or it would reattach with a vengance.

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03/04/2019 2:30 PM

A riddle wrapped in an enigma?

No... Not even honeydo related.

Yes it's ..end result is sold retail. Alone, but mostly incorporated into products everyone has on themselves most of the time.

If not. You're in an exclusive club that very few want to join, but might be an occasional viewer.

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03/04/2019 9:43 PM

Neat!

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03/04/2019 8:02 AM

It seems like an automatic sheet metal bender/roller and trimmer machine?

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03/04/2019 9:04 AM

Now that would make more sense.

what it's dealing with is quite wimpy.

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03/04/2019 8:13 AM

straight razor sharpener where barbers use a leather strap.. not sure what that is called.

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03/05/2019 6:24 AM

Strop!

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03/04/2019 8:55 AM

Hmmm...How about a box closer...that is a paper tape wetter, applier, cut it off at the end?

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03/04/2019 9:06 AM

No postal use.. no paper.. no liquid.

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03/04/2019 9:00 AM

It's a letter opener for large volumes of standard size envelopes, like we used to use to pay our bills.

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03/04/2019 9:13 AM

A contraption to make butter bricks

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03/04/2019 9:30 AM

A butter knife? nope.. not for food.. not sanitary.

too sharp

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03/04/2019 9:24 AM

A totally WAG reply! After seeing an antique hay/straw baler with its eccentrics and off-center gears, I'll guess a baler for shredded paper.

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03/04/2019 12:18 PM

hay no.

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03/04/2019 9:30 AM

Could it be some sort of razor stroping/sharpening machine?

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03/04/2019 9:42 AM

A type of packaging machine ?

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03/04/2019 11:00 AM

Nothing is being packed, opened, closed, or eaten. however something is being fed into the machine that I believe sits on a real at the end of the square post.

The listing for its use gave two types of something that would be sold reeled up.

I was right about one thing...

nobody's guessing correctly.

I'll throw this out there. there's no wire on that reel.

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03/04/2019 2:26 PM

Is it a trenching machine for burying hose?

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03/04/2019 11:04 AM

It make envelopes from flat sheets?

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03/04/2019 11:08 AM

Maybe it puts a label on a container or package.

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03/04/2019 11:51 AM

Here's my WAG, this is an envelope maker.

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03/04/2019 12:09 PM

No paper.. No postal. no send no receive

I looked up what else the seller might be selling..

It's something that makes holes we all use .. twice daily for the most part.

no potty humor required

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03/04/2019 12:25 PM

So it's a toilet paper cutter/perforator.

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03/04/2019 12:32 PM

I think its a punch for making and shaping can lids

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03/04/2019 12:36 PM

Super SWAG....toothbrush bristle inserter?

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03/04/2019 1:31 PM

A glass cutter for mirrors...?

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03/04/2019 2:32 PM

Hard to say as no real scale in the photo, but makes holes and you use it twice a day, might just be a brush making machine. A little big for toothbrush, but possibly.

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03/04/2019 2:39 PM

It's a button-holer. Size of the hole is controlled by that mechanism with the knob & scale.

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03/04/2019 2:49 PM

... A buttonhole machine is the other piece of equipment available by the same seller.

So there it is.

the industry is textiles. I use those button holes twice a day.

Once on once off.

This piece of equipment is listed as processing two very different things.

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03/04/2019 2:57 PM

Right before you posted this I was about to ask if it was for the textile industry. Perhaps a machine for cutting the insides of pockets. A second guess might be cuff and collars.

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03/04/2019 4:04 PM

Here is a total stab in the dark for you all:

The surface coating & color could indicate 1930s/40s/50s....? SINGER 241 - Hi lift single needle sewer.

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03/04/2019 4:29 PM

I can't take it anymore..

It's listed as a machine for cutting velcro and elastic.

It's mind-boggling and I don't really understand how it works in such a complicated manner.

If anyone is interested I will be posting the ad later today.

I hope it's not a huge disappointment solar E.

Who would have guessed that such a contraption exists!?... but then again we all wear underwear and some of us wear velcro shoes.

Okay not everybody wears underwear..

Now if you'll excuse me I have a piece of velcro to cut.

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03/04/2019 5:02 PM

I wonder if it specific to that use or is generally a tape cutting machine where elastic and velcro are considered to have a tape format. Such as this machine which is called a tape cutting machine and looks quite similar. This one says it is "suitable to cut trouser, belt loops, elastic bands, zippers and velcro straps."

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03/04/2019 5:31 PM

I don't think velcro was invented when this machine was made, late 50's, it looks too old....

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03/04/2019 5:38 PM

Well let's just call it a trouser belt loop elastic band zipper cutter and say that no one guessed those either.

Still just as weird and things I would normally cut with a razor blade..

By the way Google tells me velcro was invented in 1941 so there you go.

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03/04/2019 7:31 PM

..."He patented it in 1955, and subsequently refined and developed its practical manufacture until its commercial introduction in the late 1950s."...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro

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03/04/2019 7:57 PM

So I shouldn't believe everything I hear on the internet.

.. I asked Google what year velcro was invented and it stated back to me matter-of-factly 1941.. huge disappointment

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03/05/2019 5:04 AM

Google's response does not contradict SolarEagle's response. The following is from the wikipedia page SolarEagle linked:

"... Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral invented his first touch fastener when, in 1941, he went for a walk in the woods and wondered why burdock seeds clung to his coat and dog. He discovered it could be turned into something useful.[3] He patented it in 1955, and subsequently refined and developed its practical manufacture until its commercial introduction in the late 1950s. ...."

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The internet is certainly repleat with less than reliable information, however it becomes even more perilous if the answer was for a different question.

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03/04/2019 4:40 PM

Ancient paper shredder.

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03/05/2019 5:47 PM

Ohhh... Didn't notice the answer had been posted.....how disappointing.

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03/04/2019 10:19 PM

I sent an inquiry to the seller.

[I was wondering if you know what year this was made?

I can't find anything about the make / model from the info provided. Is the information correct? Is it specifically for elastic and Velcro?]

I'll post the reply

Here it is

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03/05/2019 12:26 AM

My third guess : an aluminum foil hat maker.

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03/05/2019 6:04 AM

My opinion:

Presume the stock,whatever it is,is fed from the side behind the visible parts in

the photo.

These parts are in sheet form,not strips.

Pieces are fed into the top of the cutter wheel by a part not shown,or fed manually.

The pieces fall into the tray vertically,and are pushed toward the black roller by the reciprocating action of the adjustable arm.It pushes the top of the pieces into the black output roller.It is adjustable to allow for variable thickness of material.

The bottom of the tray looks like a conveyor to keep the bottom of the pieces moving toward the black roller,although it could be moving the pieces away,forcing the reciprocation arm to bend the pieces forward at the top and into the output roller.

The limit switch at the back bottom of the tray triggers the black out feed roller or it is a limit switch to prevent over packing of the material.

The side mounted connecting rod is probably a mechanical counter,or is connected to a switch that triggers an electrical/electronic counter.

There appears to be a stop strip at the exit end on the table to prevent the pieces from going on the floor.

The 20 inch mark is for the operator to quickly size the length of the feed stock.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Feel free to correct or add to it.

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03/05/2019 7:25 AM

That's a lot of information to extrapolate from one photo..

I'll be waiting for a reply from the seller.

Correct? Add to?

That's your story and I'm sticking to it.

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03/05/2019 7:35 AM

I imagined the machine going through a cycle,and used my experience in process controls to extrapolate the functions;Form always follows function,and every part has a function,and nothing is added without a reason.

Of course, as always,I could be wrong.

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03/05/2019 7:53 AM

No critique from me. Your experience in this area it is rather obvious.

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03/05/2019 4:57 PM

After further study, it seems that part of the machine is missing.

There could be a feeder to the left side of the table feeding strips into the machine.T

he cam at the top attached to the adjustable crank rod may be attached to a cutter blade,and the cut pieces would fall into the tray.

Several possibilities here,but I think the machine is incomplete.

Ask the seller for a video of the machine running.I would like to see it in action.

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03/05/2019 7:35 AM

Same clever simplified machine for $1.50 with less maintenance.

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03/05/2019 11:09 AM

One can adjust the stroke length - I wonder

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03/05/2019 2:15 PM

its a slicer to make bacon

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03/06/2019 3:32 PM

There are a lot of parts not shown or missing from the OP's picture.

Here is a link to a similar machine in action:

http://www.precisioncuttingmachines.com/cutting-machine/jm-815-belt-cutter-cold-knife-cutting-machine/

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03/07/2019 3:11 PM

Nice.. I got a short reply from the sellar with no new information.

That's a pretty mesmerizing video of a velcro cutter you have found there.

Why they don't have the strips falling into two separate boxes is beyond comprehension even if it's just for demonstration purposes.

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03/07/2019 3:30 PM

When they're all at the same length, what does it matter?

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03/07/2019 6:17 PM

One box for hook one box for loop

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03/06/2019 10:31 PM

I have seen one in action but having trouble remembering however I may be a stone saw or other name is a lapa???

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03/07/2019 8:26 AM

A diameter grinder for pistons in piston engines.

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03/07/2019 9:20 AM

Craigslist?

Would you consider trading for a PS4 and a non-running 1994 Cavalier?

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03/07/2019 10:21 AM

Isn't "non-running" redundant?

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03/07/2019 1:27 PM

it's as "planer" as the nose on your face. Grandpa had something similar in his garage, mine says Craftsman on it.

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