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Messaschnitzel
07-14-2010, 11:20 PM
Since some folks here tend to perk up when reading the words 'Pratt & Whitney', I thought I would post a video of a WW2 era vertical shaper manufactured by the company:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjgXr60BIOg

They got it for sale on Ebay:

PRATT & WHITNEY B-6 Vertical Slotter Shaper (http://cgi.ebay.com/PRATT-WHITNEY-B-6-Vertical-Slotter-Shaper-AMAZING-/290452826262?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a0566896)

This machine was definitely being built in 1930 because it is shown in a P&W brochure from that year. If I had a need and a space for it I would get it. If I did, I'd make a cozy spot for it in the shop and put a brass railing with red velvet ropes around it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Seriously though, I figured folks here would like to see a machine that could very likely have built parts for the U.S. defense industry back in WW2 (they did say that it was in long time military storage, but judging from what I have experienced with surplus military machine tools, it should have been repainted in industry standard gray. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif), and what it looks like in actual operation.

T_O_A_D
07-15-2010, 04:03 AM
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AndyJWest
07-15-2010, 05:41 AM
I'd make a cozy spot for it in the shop and put a brass railing with red velvet ropes around it.

Um, no. Warbirds should fly, so let the shaper shape!

It's in good nick, and you could have real fun with that. Though modern CNC tools are more flexible, a bit of old-fashioned ingenuity would allow you to make all sorts of interesting stuff.