Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Goodell-Pratt No. 382 bearing scraper

This tool initially got put in with my masonry tools.  I mistakenly assumed it was for jointing mortar between bricks.  I noticed the maker's name and model number under the rust on the ferrule, and a little google search led me to the correct identification:.

From a time when Babbitt bearings (see my earlier post on Harris Metalneeded to be scraped to size. Not, I think, a job for the faint of heart. As someone has commented on The Art of Scraping Babbitt, "This process takes volumes of patience, coffee or whiskey - and determination."  (The material is named after Isaac Babbitt of Taunton, Massachusetts, who invented it in 1839.)

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