Number 780 is an audio tape splicer for 1/4" tape. The "CUT" position
makes a diagonal cut on the tape, and after the cut ends are spliced
together with splicing tape, the "TRIM" position cuts the edges of the
tape with a slight inward taper from both edges so that the splice
will slide easily through the player when it's played.
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780. Magnetic recording tape splicer (tape was used in a reel-to-reel
781. Pooper-picker-upper. A manure shovel. The manure stays in the
shovel, the bedding falls through the gaps in the wires.
782. Toenail clipper. Have you seen my toenails? Nuf said.
783. Camera or binocular adapter, so it can be held on a tripod.
784. Early mechanical calculator.
785. Either an ice or hey bale grapple.
#780 is some sort of splicing machine
#783 looks like a tripod mount for a large telephoto lense. I'd guess
a 500-800 mm lense.
#785 looks like a log skid or some sort of grappel hook. When you pull
up on the lifting ring with a crane or hoist, it clamps down. Or at
least that's what it looks like
#781 looks like the thing my Grandad used to move hot coals around in
#782 I have no idea
#783 looks a lot like the thing I have to hold my Dremel Mototool
#784 No Idea
#785 Looks like the big ice tongs we used to move ice around in the
Cold Storage plant I worked at during my College years.
It does work in a similar manner, maybe the same person got a couple of
patents on the same day for two different hooks or he got this patent and
then modified the tool and kept the same date. I'm guessing that the one on
my site isn't spring loaded, but I'll ask the owner of it, though he's out
of town for a couple of days so it will be a while until I get an answer.
Thanks for finding that.
You could be right about the spring, there has to be a reason for those
notches to be there.
I'll ask the owner of it how much it weighs. FWIW I changed the post on
the answer page, I agree that it's most likely for wells, considering its
size and the fact that no one has found a patent with the same date for a
It's clearly missing its spring which would locate in the notches either
side of the top of the arms.
"Why," said Ford squatting down beside him and shivering, "are you lying
face down in the dust?"
"It's a very effective way of being wretched," said Marvin.
I agree that it isn't strong enough to shovel coal into a fire, I was
thinking that it was for removing clinkers, retreiving hot coals to be
placed in a foot warmer, or whatever other reason they would have to move
hot coal. The wiry bars being used to sift the ashes. One of my tool books
has three similar shovels, for coke, potatoes, and ice, but they're all
reinforced in the front and have a hand grip on the end of the handle.
Since it was marked as being a coal shovel, I'm going to go with that for
now; I've looked but haven't been able to find one on the web like it.
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