Counter Shaft and Belt Shifter

Description (Brief)
Since early machine tools were not individually powered, many machine shops were run from a single source. The single power source would power the main line, and by connecting counter shafts to the main line with flat leather belts, and the belts to individual machines, shops provided power for multiple machines from a single source.
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Object Name
shafting, line
overall: 42 in x 1 in; x 106.68 cm x 2.54 cm
shifter: 2 7/8 in; x 7.2644 cm
cone pulley- step 1: 7 3/8 in; x 18.796 cm
cone pulley- step 2: 9 5/16 in; x 23.622 cm
cone pulley- step 3: 11 5/16 in; x 28.7782 cm
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Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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