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jchase
What is this tool?

I found this tool in my old house, what is it? I have searched all over google for info on it. Any help?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: What is this tool?

Might be and old awning crank. At least part of one.
Jack

canuk
Re: What is this tool?

Geez .... that's what I thinking as well .... Oh Oh ... starting to show our age Jack.;)

Definately looks to be part of a crank mechanisim.

goldhiller
Re: What is this tool?

Starting to show your age,eh?

I'll go ya one better.

It looks to me like it could also be the hand-crank for an old car or tractor engine. :D

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: What is this tool?

Looks to me to be a crank axis for an end-over-end type barrel churn (for making butter from cream) which rotated the barrel end over end while half-filled and mounted on a shaft/crank.

Although it could be a long axis barrel churn crank (a dasher paddle probably wood) slipped on the shaft when loading the barrel this type, like a box churn, the barrel or box did not turn just the dasher. Both churn types are revolving type churns.

Some examples (first three are end-over-end and don't use dasher or padle).:

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: What is this tool?

I remember awning "cranks" looking more like a brace and functioning similarly, like this:

goldhiller
Re: What is this tool?
JLMCDANIEL
Re: What is this tool?
goldhiller wrote:

Starting to show your age,eh?

I'll go ya one better.

It looks to me like it could also be the hand-crank for an old car or tractor engine. :D

Never seen an auto or tractor crank with a wood handle and wood slip handle. Try to use a slip handle on an auto crank and you would end up loosing something.:eek:
The old awning cranks were generally jointed so the could be folded in half when not in use. You held the slip handle in one hand and cranked with the other.
Jack

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