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Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question


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Old 06-30-2009, 02:48:36 PM
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Photo Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question

Hey gang,

We just received this donation of a mechanical lubricator (see attached photos). The Cover says:
PICKERING
PORTLAND
CONN. U.S.A.
PAT NO 849530
PAT NO 857221

-The mounting holes on the back side of the unit are threaded.

Anyone have thoughts on what this unit would have been used for? I’m familiar with Pickering governors, but have never seen a lubricator.

Thanks,

Zachary
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Default Re: Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question

"Anyone have thoughts on what this unit would have been used for?"

It would be interchangeable with any application that would use a Manzel, Practical, Madison-Kipp, or McCord lubricator.

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Default Re: Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question

Thanks David. I agree with what you're saying but it’s built much more beefy then anything I’ve seen on a traction engine so I though maybe it would have been in an industrial application? Power Plant perhaps?

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Default Re: Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question

The early mechanical lubricators were made out of cast iron. Both Madison-Kipp and Manzel made a much heavier cast iron lubricator before going to the formed steel ones that are more common today. A lot of the earlier Frick engines came out with a cast iron mechanical lubricator.

In the old days, when it doubt, make it heavier. A rule of thumb that some engine manufacturers followed.

I expect the lubricator competition was too stiff for Pickering, and they dropped the lubricator line and focused on the governor business.

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Default Re: Pickering Mechanical Lubricator question

The 1902 Advance at Vista has an early Madison-Kipp on it that has many similar features to this Pickering. They both have an external ratcheting mechanism, they both are all cast-iron construction, neither has a sight-feed, and both have all their information cast into the cover in raised letters. Several details are different though, so I doubt both were made by the same company.

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