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Offline johnsironsanctuary

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WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« on: November 13, 2011, 08:51:46 AM »
Stoney's new grinder got me looking around for pedal tools. I found this site. WF and John Barnes Company was in Rockford, IL.

http://www.americanartifacts.com/smma/barnes/barnes.htm
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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011, 10:00:00 AM »
I set up near a fellow that has at least 8 of these Barnes machines.   He has found and restored them individually, and I can say they are as smooth running and nicely made as the ads state.   He usually brings 3 different ones, and demonstrates during the shows.   The only down side to having one is the price,  some people seem to think there is some gold in the cast iron.   
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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 06:19:39 PM »
I almost got my hands on  one of the scroll saws once at an estate sale but just as I had the $20 bill in my hand the owners niece cam in and said that it wasnt for sale. Ugh! I do have to say it was kind of off to the side away from most of the other stuff that was for sale but I asked and the guy running the sale said $20. Started salivating, reached into the pocket, came out with the cash and POP! my bubble got burst by the niece. Dang! lol one of those 3 minutes earlier and it was on its way home with me.
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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 06:47:12 PM »
We have a member in our tractor club that has a collection of mills, lathes, etc set up in a moving van trailer.  I'll try to get photos.  Really neat stuff.
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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2011, 09:53:39 AM »
I bought a New Rogers scroll saw a long time ago.  Still have it.  It's been converted to an electric and the motor makes it run like a monkey on crack and steroids.  I've dreamed about restoring it to treadle, but where to find the parts?  Affordably...

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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 02:14:43 PM »
New Rogers Scroll Saw parts? That's easy, contact 64longstep.
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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2011, 05:06:09 PM »
64longstep, what you got in the way of New Rogers scroll saw parts?

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Re: WF & John Barnes Pedal Operated Tools
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2011, 06:09:27 PM »
If it's missing, he can make it.
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