November 21, 2011

Bolton Emerson Americas: Drill Press 2

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Last week I posted a shot of a funky looking machine. In the post, I said I had no idea what it does, how old it is or even if it is still operational.

Well, all I had to do was ask. I found out that the machine is a drill press, designed to bore several holes at once. It dates back to the 1940s (like most of thee equipment at BEA) and yes, it is still operational and still in use.

There are actually two of them. Todays shot is a detail of the other one. It is slightly smaller. I believe this one can drills fewer holes than it’s counterpart. Judging from the layer of dust and cobwebs, I also suspect that this one is no longer in use. But then again, I’ve made that assumption before and have been wrong.

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  1. Like I said when we talked, Bob, this is just soooo dang good! I love everything about this. Awesome bokeh, awesome red color on the control box and on the wheels, perfect balance of light and shadows and fantastic details on the dust/dirt covering the top of the control box, the switches/buttons and the panel mounting bracket. This is how HDR is supposed to look!