Those things were fun. I used one for a year or so, in a print shop. The thing
would slice through a 30" wide stack of paper 500 sheets thick, as you say,
without slowing down. It had guards, but that was long enough ago that I don't
recall exactly how they were guarded--I think one below the table had to be
pushed in and up, while the actual actuating switch had to be pulled down from
the right. Four feet does sound about right. That was one scary sumbitch.
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I was at my favorite scrap yard a couple of weeks ago. In the back they
had a Cinnicinati brake (used for forming metal). Must have been 10 feet
high by 12-15 feet long. Had a nice little sign telling you not to put
your hands under the brake bar.
In one of my former "lives", maintenance in a sheet metal products factory,
helped prepare for installation of a 500ton press brake. If'n my memory
doesn't fail me, this was the approx. size of it, plus the "bed", which was
about 6" thick, went about 2-2 1/2 ft. below baseline. Had to drill out old
1' thick concrete & 100yr. old packed dirt under it, form up for a new
concrete slab 18" thick with a 12' long, 12" wide, 3' deep hole in it to
accept that bed, a'la
/ ground level
Dern thing could bend a 90deg. corner in a piece of 1/4" x 8' steel plate
without even raising a sweat
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Most metal drop shears are scarier. A shear that chops 12' (yes feet)
x 1/4" sheet steel wouldn't even notice flesh and bone. Heck even a
12ga capacity machine is in the same boat. And since those are
mechanical with fly wheels it's not a gentle hydraulic motion -- push
the pedal and wham it's over -- total cycle time less than 1 second.
Line steel up, count fingers, push pedal, count fingers. Call 911 if
count changes. Repeat as necessary.
As far as paper things go I was alway freaked out by the over-sew
machines used in book binderies. Stitches right through that 3" text
book no problem.
Had a small(er) one in the print shop where I was a 'devil. Had two levers,
at far left and far right. Both had to be pulled in, towards center, and
then the right was was pulled over n' down, not unlike First Gear on a three
speed (3 on the Tree).
That is very much the answer I give when my friends need something done in
my shop. I'd rather take the time, do it right, and not have to explain to
their spouse why they are at the emergency room.
And I sleep better at night.
I'm not paranoid. But almost ANYTHING, in anyone's shop, can reach out and
bite an inexperienced user of THAT machine.
God bless you for your service. And let you keep the parts with which you
came originally equipped.
Accch ... I don't know, maybe it's the needles, but my toes curl up and my
skin crawls just thinking about what can happen with that sewing machine ...
I'll take my chances with a table saw or router table any day.
AAMOF, I still recall having an unreasonable, but healthy respect for mom's
When I was about 10 I put 3 stitches in the side of my finger with my
mom's Singer. Probably wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't jerked
away and ripped all three out through the side of my finger. Made a
pretty ugly mess.
heh... i've broke sewing machine needles off in my thumb... twice.
(guess i never learn) score one for the "meaty" hands! (or is it a
score for the sewing machine?)
it's isn't recommended, let me tell you.
I think my wife's husqvarna might fair better if it were to happen
again. i could end up with a neatly embroidered hand. ;)
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
Exactlly, jerking away is the wrong option. When i out (at a similar
age) 3 stitches into my finger (through the finger nail) i just turned
tha hand wheel backward (my mother has a foot-operated Pfaff) and got
the thread out without further damage to the finger (also neither
thread nor needle had sustained any damage)so that i could resume my
sewing operation with minimal hassle.
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