At one time we considered seriously the question of stating the H. P. required for each of the different machines in our catalogue, but finally came to the conclusion that it would be inexpedient —the power used in running machines varies so greatly with the different conditions under which they are used. For example, take the Improved Double Saw Bench (Fig. 4067). For a great deal of work done about the pattern shop, the Saws being in the best condition, working on soft, clean woods, one H. P. would suffice to run this machine. Under opposite conditions, i. e hard, tough, or green, sappy wood, saws poorly filed and out of round, it might take three H. P. to run the machine.
We will, upon application, give information regarding the average H. P. required for any machines we handle.
CAPACITIES OF MACHINES.
In many cases this question, like the one which precedes it, depends largely upon the conditions surrounding the work. In some instances we have printed the average capacity in connection with the machine, and have endeavored to avoid "Inflating". For example, we state that the Hoop Coiler (Fig. 5167) has a capacity of from 15,000 to 18,000 hoops per day. One of our customers tells us that his men have repeatedly coiled 72,000 hoops in a day with three of these machines. Not-withstanding, it would not be wise to print the capacity of the machine at 24,000, as we are satisfied this is beyond an average production.
We are making a patented article in brass, and think that we could use amachine like the Valve Milling Machine (Fig. 819). Will you furnish us full particulars in regard to this machine, as the catalogue description is very meagre.
THEO. E. FELTON & SON, Newark, N. J.
We cannot agree with these people in regard to our catalogue description of this machine being "meagre". Have gone over it carefully, and we do not know what we could add to make it more complete, excepting to state the speed at which machine should run, and this is a detail that is not necessary until after the party has bought the machine.
This subject is taken up to discuss briefly the matter of Catalogue Descriptions. While for some reasons we wish we might be able to describe minutely every feature about everything we sell, there are limitations, and to suit every one in this respect, this catalogue would have to be swelled to inconvenient pro-portions.
We think our readers had ought to be grateful to us for sparing them, in regard to our not printing the dreary, monotonous "blatherskite" which abounds so free l y in manufacturers' catalogues. As an example we have before us a four page circular descriptive of a Combination Machine, or Universal Wood Worker, similar to the machine shown in Fig. 5197. This circular contains four pages 5x8 (160 square inches) of printed matter. Our description covers less than 11 square inches, and yet we cannot see that they impart one particle more information than we.
For instance, here is our description of Boring Attachment:
"The Boring Apparatus is simple, Table can be operated easily, has Adjustable Gauge for Angle Boring, and suitable Stops and Gauges".
Here is the other:
"The Boring Attachment is a desirable feature of this machine, and one which will no doubt commend itself to the user of Wood Working Machinery. it is built of the best iron and steel, is strong, heavy and substantial, and possesses all of the essential and requisite features that are usually found in the high priced, Independent Horizontal Boring Machines.
By reason of the Independent Adjustment, which is operated by means of a Crank, the Table can be raised and lowered and moved backward and for-ward with the greatest ease.
In this Attachment the work is not slighted in any particular, as none of the Slide Bearings are Babbitted to lessen the cost, as is so often the case with many machines of this character. But instead of this they are all Planed Accurately, and by reason of the work being of such a superior order, the operator is enabled to do true work.
It is also supplied with an Adjustable Gauge for Angle Boring, and all necessary Stops and Gauges for spacing the work.
Shaft is made of the finest quality Machinery Steel, turned straight and true, and fitted in Boxes that are in alignment and absolutely correct; in fact it has advantages that make it superior to other Boring Attachments, and if the reader has carefully followed the above description, we think he will be thoroughly and satisfactorily convinced of this".
We think that the reader will agree with us that their description furnishes no more information than ours. We cannot see the necessity for iterating and reiterating "Best quality Iron and Steel", "Shafts of Steel", "Shafts in Alignment", "Best Babbitt Metal", "Machines carefully inspected", "Tables are planed ", " Holes reamed to size", "Bearings scraped to fit", etc., etc. And the worst of it is that, usually, the makers who have the most to say about these things, are the ones whose pro-duct is the poorest and least desirable.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Expecting to buy a Hand Lathe along with some other tools this Fall, I write to ask you what is the difference between Figs. 783 and 785 Y I notice that one is $10.00 higher in price than the other, and the sizes are just alike.
M. T. HENSHAWE, Atlanta, Ga.
We thought that the catalogue description of these two lathes conveyed quite plainly the difference. The higher priced lathe weighs 20 per cent more than the other, the Head Spindle is of crucible steel, and the workman-ship throughout is somewhat superior.
In going over this catalogue, some of our readers may be impelled to ask similar questions to the above, in regard to some of the machines shown.
The fact of one machine being lower in price than another by no means indicates that the machine Itself is poor in quality (for there are no inferior goods displayed in this catalogue), but that the other is better.
In the case of some machines, the question of combinations and attachments enters. Take in this book for example —Fig. 4061 is somewhat lower in price than Fig. 4057, and is as good a machine in every particular as the other. But the other can be furnished with Scroll Saw and Moulding Attachments, which in many cases add to its value as a general jobbing machine, and it is these features that impel us to illustrate and describe the latter.
Broadly Speaking —In all cases where two or more machines of the same general description are shown in catalogue, the higher priced one is the better in some particulars, or possesses some features that the others do not.
Broadly speaking again —We wish to say that no machines or tools have been put in this book for the fun of it, for the purpose of "padding", or for displaying any superabundance of knowledge.