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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted January 19, 2015 - 06:45 PM

Found this today, Anyone know what it is and what it is used for?

I know already but figured I'd have some fun and ask here :D

 

It sold for 150.00 in 1899!

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Posted January 19, 2015 - 06:52 PM

it is for sharping sickle blades


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 06:54 PM

You win :D

 

http://www.americana.../sharp/1896.htm


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 06:55 PM

What he ^^^^^ said.  Used one as a youngin'.


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 06:56 PM

For sharpening your wits ?


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 07:12 PM

Toe nail trimmer. You  put your heel in that one piece at the bottom of the last picture and then swing your foot back and forth while you crank the handle. :D


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 07:27 PM

So does this mean you are going to offer sickle blade sharpening services?


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 07:51 PM

I knew what it was used for but was way too late!

That was a lot of $$ in 1899!


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 08:05 PM

My grandfather Knowles had a similar machine, he rigged his to an early gasoline sewing machine engine.
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Posted January 19, 2015 - 08:33 PM

   I have never seen one complete only bits and pieces of them, what is it worth today?


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 08:50 PM

Unfortunately I gave one of those away about 15 years ago before I realized what it was. Got it at an auction along with some other things. Wasn't until we got an old John Deere # 1 mower that had one of the sharpening stones in the took box. Then we realized what we had.  Looks like it's in good shape.          

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Posted January 19, 2015 - 08:55 PM

We've had a few that mount to the wheel or some other place on the machine. Mow until you need to sharpen, pull under the tree to give the horse a rest, sharpen the bar, etc.
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Posted January 19, 2015 - 11:41 PM

I knew what it was used for but was way too late!

That was a lot of $$ in 1899!

What he said, bought one at the Bouckville, NY antique show for $15, now to get a fast hitch sickle bar for the Super C! 



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Posted January 20, 2015 - 07:14 AM

I have one waiting on restoration.



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Posted January 20, 2015 - 07:26 AM

My grandfather used his to sharpen all kinds of things, knives, axes, scissors, etc... But he was also a blacksmith, gunsmith, clock maker, superb carpenter and emaker of excellent whiskey, according to the locals.


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