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Old 10-23-2020, 09:05 AM
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Default Scrap Eckold tooling?

Originally Posted by Jaroslav View Post
But that is a good situation. Modern companies are finding that they can do anything and everything very quickly with a minimum number of people. The problem they have in the situation is when something is a bit rounded or crooked and the customer wants to make it that way. They have 2 problems in one. They can't invent it and there is no one to make it. You don't even look for that individual on Google.

Beautiful space for our work.

I experienced a situation during the liquidation of the company. The one who organized it sold only machines that could not be taken away. He considered all the tools scrap and had them loaded on a truck and taken them away. They also weigh something from Eckold's tools. They received a reduced price in scrap because they contained rubber and plastics, and some were still wrapped in the original paper.

The price of that cargo exceeded several times the price of the machines the idiot was selling.

But I came late. I'm still sick of it. Human stupidity has no limits.
I would cry.
Now I am crying too.
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:47 PM
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I bought a small box of abused eckold hf dies at an auction for about 20 euro's. They were sold as some sort of clamping parts. The handformer machine itself was also sold, for about 1500 euro's but without any dies. A couple years later my brother found something in a scrapyard that said 'Eckold'. He also found the floor-plate seperately in the aluminium bins. He didn't know exactly what it was but he knew Eckold makes expensive machines so he bought it for scap-price.

When he showed it to me I immediately recognised the handformer. He gave it to me since I'm the one doing sheetmetal and I already had the dies.

Lucky lucky me.
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Old 02-07-2021, 05:57 PM
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A bit of good news received this week about my machine. The company that manufactured this is actually still in existence and I had been put in contact with the person who owned it at the time. He told me where to look for a serial number which I found and sent to him. I didn’t hear anything for many weeks but I got an email from him the other day telling me that my machine was manufactured in 1959 for the Admiralty Dockyard in Portsmouth. It was one of around 10 machines, all slightly different, so it’s something of a rare beast.

He also sent me a period photo of the Type 340 machine that this is. Mine appears to have had quite a bit more stiffness built into the main casting than the one on this photo.

It does make you wonder how many of the other machines still exist as there are no photos to be found on internet searches.

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Old 02-08-2021, 04:21 AM
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Wow, that is so great that you got to find out some history about it.
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Old 02-08-2021, 05:09 AM
Jaroslav Jaroslav is offline
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I brought a similar animal. I replaced the engine and added a tool. I bent the precision stainless (1.5mm) steel rings beautifully. Very solid machine. I added a reversing switch. The machine works on both sides. Clutch control remained the same. It is very oversized. He has been guarding my workshop for several years since this contract. But a good guard. Once every 10 years, he is always ready and nothing will stop him.
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:20 AM
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That’s a nice machine Jaroslav, another good save.
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Old 02-17-2021, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by metal manny View Post
Sadly this is all true and even worse, as is the case here in South Africa, the all-knowing government decided that trade apprentices were inferior to university degrees and scrapped the apprenticeship program, selling off most of many fine college assets.

Well, of course. Think how useful all those kids with political science, sociology and the various "studies" degrees are?
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