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When I inherited Hugh Rich's "stuff", as he liked to call it, there were a few items that took a while to sort out. However, this thing has me stumped. All the photos I've seen of the shop in various years don't show this item. I asked Jerry Amster, who worked at Hugh Rich Archery, and he never saw it.

Two of the pulleys, at one end, are driven by the electric motor with sprockets and chain. The two pulleys at the opposite end are connected by a common shaft, but not to the motor. The rubber feet make it obvious it wasn't meant to be bolted or clamped to a work table or bench. It appears likely that it was used with some other piece of equipment, but what? What operation in the shop required such a piece of equipment? It is very well made of aluminum. Very solid. I forgot to take measurements, but it's about 12" long x 5" wide x 3" high.

Some time ago I plugged it in and switched it on. The motor turned very slowly. Now it doesn't work.

So, what was it used for? Was it even used for archery purposes, or something else?

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Drive for a cresting apparatus ? More screwed on top ( see screw holes)
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Cresting machine, just doesn't have all of the pieces. the slow turning gives that away. belts went around those pulleys or sheaves and probaby drove the piece that held the arrow. you may have to look for something that might sit on top of it. looked like a lot of thought went into it
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That’s what I was thinking, but who knows.
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The holes on top are for the motor mounting. In the next to last pic you can see the spacers for the motor mounting. 4 socket head screws hold it to the top plate. Nothing else could be attached to the top. The screws are almost at the top of the plate.

Not likely for cresting. The odd thing is the 2 pulleys on one end are motor driven and the other 2 are not.
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you gonna have to Gooogle that
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If they have a belt across them they are driven. If there is more assembly that goes on top there could be even more pulleys involved. Do the drive pulleys line up well with the non-drive pulleys ? They look a bit off set.
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The pulleys do look offset Chuck but it looks like there are set screws for alignment. Bodine is still making electric motors.  Didn't see any pics of a 4 pulley chain drive motors.  

Maybe the side motor posts hold it in the box and the holes on top are for other pulleys driving a sander or polishing buffer on the top?  Thinkin' there has to be a pulley assembly up there.

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You missed what I said about the bolts being near the top of the plate. Actually, 2 of them are right at the top. No chance anything was bolted to the top.

The pulleys do look offset in the photos, but there is some lateral play in the shafts allowing them to move side to side, so they can be aligned, or not. More so for the non driven pulleys than the driven ones. In the next to last photo you can see gap on the left side of the shaft.

Also, the tubing spacer on the shaft is rather elaborate. It appears to have bronze bushings on either side and a groove that has a snap ring it. Same for both shafts.

I guess this will remain one of those mysteries that will never be solved.

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I didn't miss it.  I was just guessing.  The blow up clearly shows the bolts.

Unsolved mystery indeed. 

 
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That's a good one Ira.  I've only had 1 cup of coffee and I'm already stumped for the day.  It usually takes at least till the sun is up for something to stump me.  Now I'm not gonna get anything done today for all the head scratching...

It's a well made thing, whatever it is.  Whatever purpose it served, that purpose was important, time consuming, and or expensive to justify the investment in such a sturdy piece of machinery.
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A moving Target drive?
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Reminds me of a home made rock/brass polisher, but I guess you wouldn't have the tumbler riding on the belt?  
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"So, what was it used for? Was it even used for archery purposes, or something else?"

Maybe he got it thinking he could make something out of it and didn't get around to it.

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Jack, I think you are onto a possibility. 
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Ira, we are all just guessing out loud. There are two mounting bolts cut off on the surface and two cut off and rounded below the surface. The two cut off at the surface, and remaining scars from attempted clean up tell me there may have formerly been something mounted there, but cut off. Might be it was a drive assembly from something....who knows what, that he saw and decided, like many of us do, that it might be useful in the future.

Then, never got far enough into the future.

Heck. Instead of belts, put "tires" on each of those pulleys and set a cannister atop to turn and polish parts. Many things it coulda been. I need another coffee.

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After another close inspection, I found marks on the top that were likely made by washers. Look close and you'll see the rings.

I now have to agree that something was attached to the top, but what???
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We are, of course, archery oriented and assume it's an archery device but maybe it's not archery purposed at all?
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Throw it away and in a few months you'll come across something that will make it obvious.
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Hmmm...that just might work.
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Mad Scientist role-play: On top were 2 brackets to hold an arrow shaft and 2 rubber bands that were connecting / rotating the shaft and the pulleys on each side.
Something like this:

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What the...? Draven, you have too much time on your hands these days.
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Just 1 minute UC, just one minute
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