>I have a brown& sharp #3b I figgure a little oil running down the face
>keeps the knee lubed,
< < < That really got a chuckle out of me!
>does the #2 have the dial a speed, how old are these things
> > >My hunch was the 2Y was their version of a production mill. Patents
applied for in 1905. It is one of the few machines that I have seen from this
era that was designed with it own electric motor. It shows no sign of ever
being a line shaft machine. This thing has no "dial a thing", the operator
manually sets the speeds and feeds and then spends the rest of the day spitting
out parts. Not terribly difficult from the point of changing spindle speeds:
There are two, four stepped cogged pulleys located within the column casting
situated below the spindle. All of which supplies either direct or back gear
drive with 8 spindle speeds ranging from 36 to 535 rpm. Changing table feeds
is a bit more time consuming by means of individual change gears. The table
has no conventional leadscrew, it traverses by power feed and has crank on the
front of the knee which engages a rack and pinion for rapid reverse.
Regardless of the lack of bells and whistles, it is still in remarkably good
shape and cuts a lot of metal quite acurately. Thanks again for all of the
insight and interesting points about these old machines.