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Blanks cutting

This page was added by Chris Leuchars on 28/02/2008.
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The leather belts powering the machines from the overhead wheels were joined together to make the loop by steel wire stitching the ends together. Over time and without regular maintenance the wire could snap or work loose. Being under tension the dislodged belt would make a loud bang and flap all over that part of the room. Any one in the way could be severely injured. The belt system was also used in closing rooms to power some stitching or sowing machines where ladies sat next to the rotating belts. Fortunately this system was gradually replaced by hydraulics to power machines.

By Raw Hide
On 10/07/2015

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