Originally uploaded by mrkuffler.
This is one interesting piece of equipment. It's used for grinding, smoothing, helping to create some of the best tinplate around. Made around 1948 in Bridgeport, CT, this thing still hums like the day it was made. Very similar to the machines used in the old Lionel factory in Connecticut.
This isn't the kind of tool that gets turned on and cranks out a finished product. It takes some dexterity, knowledge and strength to run it. Unlike a computer today (a standard desktop from a major manufacturer is created in about 4 minutes), a quality standard gauge item made with machines such as this one can take up to 9 months to put together.
It's funny, quality tools make quality products, some things just never change.....