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#164163 - Thu Dec 10 2009 12:15 AM Cast Iron Posts Identification
upsgaspumps Offline
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Registered: Sun Nov 11 2007
Loc: Oregon


Would like to know what these 2 cast iron posts were used for? They are about 3' tall and 6" in diameter. The 2nd pic. has 19411 casted at top. Thanks, Bill

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#164173 - Thu Dec 10 2009 07:32 AM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: upsgaspumps]
van Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 08 2009
Loc: ash flat, Ar.
I have 2 nearly identical. I was buying my first pump..and noticed them in the weeds. They are the upright supports to a railway station scale. Mine is complete ..just in pieces..

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#164175 - Thu Dec 10 2009 07:45 AM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: upsgaspumps]
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Registered: Fri Dec 15 2006
Loc: GA
I don't know what they fit ...but I sure would like to have one.
They look to be about 4' tall?
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#164178 - Thu Dec 10 2009 08:11 AM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: jkyocom]
K W FRITH Online   content
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
They were also used in many old grain elevators from many years past! They were the upright columns on the weigh scale that was used to weigh the truckloads of grain. Time and technology has of course, eliminated them.
To find some that have escaped the scrappers truck, is a rare deal. They're around but they don't run in bunches! Nice find!!
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#164217 - Thu Dec 10 2009 01:53 PM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: K W FRITH]
Vermonter Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 16 2006
Loc: VT
I like them. You could use them for lots of things.
John
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#164259 - Thu Dec 10 2009 06:13 PM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: Vermonter]
gasoildude Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 29 2004
Loc: Oneida IL USA
Those are cool!!!!!
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#164315 - Thu Dec 10 2009 10:35 PM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: gasoildude]
upsgaspumps Offline
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Registered: Sun Nov 11 2007
Loc: Oregon
Kevin,
Your guess makes the most sense to me. The place where I picked them up is a old wheat ranch farmstead. The guy has a bunch of old grain buildings and even has his own wheat processing building that looks like it was built back in the late 1800's. Thanks for the information. Bill

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#164344 - Fri Dec 11 2009 07:50 AM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: upsgaspumps]
K W FRITH Online   content
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
Bill--It wasn't a guess. I have personally seen those exact columns in several old time grain elevators! Your description of where you found them makes perfect sense as some larger farms"back in the day", had their own grain processing facilities.
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#164505 - Fri Dec 11 2009 10:25 PM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: K W FRITH]
upsgaspumps Offline
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Registered: Sun Nov 11 2007
Loc: Oregon
Kevin,
About how many of the cast posts were used per scale? Since I found the 2 at his place I am wondering if maybe he has some more of them laying around somewhere on the property. Let me know. Thanks, bill

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#164597 - Sat Dec 12 2009 12:29 PM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: upsgaspumps]
K W FRITH Online   content
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
There were only two on every scale that I ever saw. They were used on each end of the balance beam. I don't have any old pictures but maybe someone else does?? If they had more than one scale, there would be others but any old facility like that, generally had the one scale house and that was it!
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#164760 - Sun Dec 13 2009 07:54 AM Re: Cast Iron Posts Identification [Re: K W FRITH]
van Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 08 2009
Loc: ash flat, Ar.
KW is right...I have the complete scale..Posts are supports for the beam..and it weighs a TON !!..The farmer charged me $50 for mine..

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