Ames Triplex

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Re: Ames Triplex

Post by Scottman » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:44 pm

Here are some pics, RN.

Sorry for the delay.


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Re: Ames Triplex

Post by NP317 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:16 am

That is a fascinating and robust machine!
I guess that the counter weight is in the main column?
Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Ames Triplex

Post by Scottman » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:46 pm


RN, I believe you're correct about the counterweight. That is one of the issues with my machine. The counterweight is not connected, so that is something I will need to sort out.

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Re: Ames Triplex

Post by Jasper 25 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:27 pm

Scottman wrote:
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:56 pm
Hello, I have recently purchased one of these fascinating machines (SN 1065). It seems to have been well-respected throughout its working life and is generally in very good shape for an 80 year old machine. It has been several different colours throughout its life but everything seems to work, except that the chain to the counterweight has been disconnected and so raising the head is very difficult. I have started taking things apart to clean it up and repaint, so, at some point I'm sure I will get to the bottom of the counterweight issue. I would love to communicate with other people who have or have had one of these machines.

Good afternoon, Scott. When you took delivery of your Triplex, did it have a 'saftey' tag (reading something like "Turn off machine after each use) just below the stamped serial No. 1065 ?
By the way, it appears that the Triplex was patented so the filed drawings will depict the proper anchorage of the counterweight chain. Congratulations for having acquired a rare and exceedingly well machined tool. I have collected a great deal of research and will mail it to you should you be interested. Robert

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Re: Ames Triplex

Post by spro » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:58 pm

Jasper 25. Welcome.

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