Wondering what this thing is... Any help?

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  1. geds

    geds New Member

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    You never said where this is located, but it looks like an early ride in 6 Flags Over Texas! Maybe when the park was still 5 Flags....;)
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    I'm thinking that it's some sort of shaker. No way could this machine be used to crush, or hold anything. The 4 large rods would prevernt it from closing. I thought the bottom part might be a counter balance for the top part, but the teeth on the bottom, and top halves have me puzzled!
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    Actually I've seen a similar machine in"The City of Industry"CA.in the 80's and I think it's a stamping machine that will take a flat piece of sheet metal and stamp a large pattern out like a car fender with one fast downward punch.
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    In Galveston we have a couple of old cotton presses sitting in a empty field....so big and heavy when the warehouses were torn down the presses were just left there. This looks a lot like them. Could it be a cotton press?
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    It's a prototype George Foreman Lean Mean Grillin Machine.
  6. Crpdeth

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    LOL, you guys are NUTS! I really needed a good laugh, but never suspected that I'd get so many from starting this thread. :D

    It is located in Paris TX

    Good to see ya, old friend.... Maybe someday when it's not so cold, you could jump on the scoot and take a couple pics of those old presses so we could see? ;)
  7. geds

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    Heck! There's your answer! It's the Texas EyeFull tower! :D
  8. kobsw

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    It's a vintage 500 Ton Side Press probably made by Standard Industries. The press tooling dies are affixed to the dovetaling and the material to be pressed is fed through the left side.

    The two halves of the press never touch. Instead they are cammed together towards each other in a left to right motion. The dies, which can extend a couple of feet on each side of the press jaw, come together forming the desired shape.

    Here's a picture of a modern example. Note that the top jaw only cams down while the bottom jaw is fixed unlike the older model.

    Check out the picture of the straight side press at the following link.

    http://standard-industrial.com/presses.htm

    Best regards,

    Kobsw
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  9. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Ding Ding Ding...!!!

    Ladies and gentlemen, Just when I thought a question could go unanswered on TFF.... BAM! :eek::D
  10. fuzebox40

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    You mean you guys didn't know that?:D
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    I thought this was posted in the COMEDY section... I'm sure we all knew that was what it was, we were just trying to get a good laugh!
  12. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth New Member

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    Kobsw and everyone else...

    Thanks a lot for helping me out here, my interest is certainly peaked causing me to do some Internet searches.

    I came up with this pic of a 12,000 ton hydraulic press that was used by our military.

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