I have been on a quest for two machines for some time now. A mortiser and Oscillating Spindle sander. I fond the mortiser several months ago and was waiting for Arn Fest where I had arranged to have it Ruckered (delivered) south.
My next quest machine was the Oscillating Spindle sander. The really good ones are pricey and don't come up for sale that often. One at a good price and in good shape don't stay for sale long. Out of the blue someone saw a post of mine on one of the forums, still not sure which one, and said he had one that needed restoring and offered it to me. One of those deals you couldn't say no too. It was in Detroit and it took some doing but I finally found someone that could Rucker it to Arn Fest.
A buddy of mine brought them back to Chickamagua GA where I went to pick them up yesterday.
A mortiser is a very old Wysong and Miles foot operated mortiser. It was originally a Line Shaft machine and has been converted over to an electric motor. It's a decent conversion and usable as is.
The other one is the Mystery OSS I asked about before. Now that I have it in my possession I think this was not a woodworking machine. Looks like it might be metal working but I am thinking lapidary work. It says on the label Jewel Grinder. It has a stone instead of a sanding disk and has a collect to mount the stone. From what I have seen that is unusual for an OSS. Good thing is I can install a lot of different sanding drums on it and it should work fine for Wood. The oscillating motion is driven by a separate little gear motor.
The OSS needs attention. The mortiser can be used as is. I would really like to tear it down, clean, lube and paint but not sure what I am going to do. It's hard for me not to tear it down and make it pretty.