As promised here are a few more pictures of two old machines still in service.
The thicknesser is an old English Sagar, and although I didn't see a makers mark on the aircraft carrier... er ..I mean jointer I did some online research and it appears to be an old Robinson. I have been able to date these two machines to around 1910 to 1920's era.
There isn't a lot of info on these old machines but what I found was very interesting.
This site is really worth some time looking at. http://titaniumstudios.com/tooljunki...ers/sagar.html
Anywhos heres a few piccies.
In the first two photos is the thicknesser. Note the long drive belts and the half buried motor. Originally this machine was fitted with a fabric belt pulley and has been retro fitted with an electric motor.
The next three photos are of the aircraft carrier Note the top is used as an auxillary table as well :P
In the fourth picture you can see the cutter head. You could be forgiven for thinking that this item would have been very heavy and need a lot of power to drive it. In fact it is so well mounted that you can turn the cutter head with your little finger, it almost feels frictionless the bearings are so good on both the motor and machine.
The last is a shot across the top of these machines to the other major machines that are in use. Typical joiners shop, full of Round Toits, but I doubt Dave will ever get around to it