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Posted 3 years ago

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waynedlo
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Found this hand crank machine in an old barn. I've shown it to a lot of old timers and collectors, so far no one can tell me what is was for. It has two rubber rollers like an old wringer washing machine. The only marks on it are the letters U H. The lid was designed to flip up to change rollers.

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  1. TRIKER TRIKER, 3 years ago
    Fire hose wringer?
  2. waynedlo, 3 years ago
    Thanks Triker. I guess that could be a possibilty.
  3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    I don't know where you are but it could be a cane (Sugar Cane) crusher...... I can't see how one would get the ends of a Fire Hose through..
  4. waynedlo, 3 years ago
    Pop_abides, I am from Louisiana so that's another possibilty. Thanks
  5. TRIKER TRIKER, 3 years ago
    If the top opens, a firehose could be put in behind the end fittings. It was just a thought anyway. Sugar cane crusher sounds makes more sense.
  6. waynedlo, 3 years ago
    Thanks Triker, What your saying might work. As far as it being a cane crusher, I don't believe a stalk of cane would pass through as there is very little clearance between the rollers. Thanks for all the comments.
  7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Did they ever grow tobacco around the area or on the farm where you found it?
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    What are the rollers made out of, are they geared together?
  9. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    Spoke with a dealer here at the show in Fredericksburg and he said that he didn't think that sugar cane could be squeezed with rubber rollers; that it would take metal rollers. He's an old-timer who seems to know his tools real well.
  10. waynedlo, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all the comments. I'm 67 and lived here all my life and can never remember any tobacco being grown around here. The rollers are made of a hard black rubber ( now with a lot of age cracks ) and the bottom roller is directly driven by the crank and the top one is floating. The way the feed and discharge chutes are designed it does appear they were made to drain juice or liquid into a bucket ot trough. Packrat-place, What kind of show are you at. Thanks everybody.
  11. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    waynedlo,
    We have a booth at Fredericksburg Trade Days, here is the link.
    http://www.fredericksburgtradedays.com/
    Glad we could help you a little.
    We still have your photographs saved to our laptop and will keep asking around.
  12. waynedlo, 3 years ago
    Thanks Packrat, appreciate the effort. I'll check out your link.

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