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Is the hobby's future HERE?


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View Poll Results: How old are you?
9 or under. 2 0.13%
10 to 19. 115 7.47%
20 to 29. 145 9.42%
30 to 39. 242 15.72%
40 to 49. 343 22.29%
50 to 59. 333 21.64%
60 to 69. 255 16.57%
70 to 79. 90 5.85%
80 to 89. 10 0.65%
90 to 100+ 4 0.26%
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:28:21 PM
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craig,

I'm sure if the poll was done today the results would be a bit different than the results currently showing.

Didn't this poll start about 9 years ago? So the ages of most people responding to the poll have changed and they are still most likely being reported in an earlier age group.

Would be interesting to have a new poll and see how the two differ.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:31:27 PM
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The poll never closed George.......
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Craig,

True it didn't close but each person could only enter their age once.

So if someone was 35 nine years ago and someone today is 35 then both would be counted in the 30's group, although the first person is actually in the 40's group now.

To be truly accurate the polling software would need to actually record the birthdate of each person and recalculate the ages of everyone to know which age group they are currently in.

Currently the poll really reflects the age of each person at the time they registered for the poll. Rather than reflecting the ages of people using SmokStak.

Point is if you did a new poll today, the results would probably be different than the poll results we currently see.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:23:32 AM
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I'm 24, grew up around antique tractors, engines and machinery so it's 'in the blood'
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IM not in my 20'a, but I believe it is hard for them to get into. I showed some of the prices to my uncle on barn fresh engines, he about fell out of his chair. He says in the last 20 years the prices are getting way out of hand. So, if us older generations are having a little issue with some of the prices wouldn't the younger generations have a hard time if not a harder time trying to purchase. IM not saying all of them are high, but they are climbing pretty fast for a hobby.
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27 here.

I always liked trains as a kid, especially steam trains. Over time that led me to other types of steam power, which in turn led to gas power.

When I was 14 I sold two cows that I had been raising, and used the proceeds to buy my first engine from the Canandaigua NY show. I still have that very engine, a 1926 Nelson Bros. 1 3/4 horse hit &miss.

Incidentally, the love of old iron actually led to a career. That same year when I bought my first engine I got into blacksmithing while helping out at the county fair. Eventually that led to other metalworking operations such as foundry, welding, and precision machining.

Today I work maintenance at a local machine & fabrication facility, fixing most anything that can be fixed be it a 1961 horizontal boring mill or a modern CNC waterjet system.

And it all began with liking steam engines as a kid.
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Im 25, fortunate to have a couple steamers in the family and plenty of other old iron. At our local shows there seems to be alot of younger kids (10-20yrs), they just seem to be cruising around on moms 1995 Craftsman with the deck and muffler knocked off for the weekend.
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I am 72 and so is my twin brother. My brother was a marine engine repair instructor in Northern NJ for many years. We got out first six Maytag engines when we were 13, they cost us $0.50 cents each. We left them at home after we go married and after about 10 years Dad asked it he could get
rid of them. Unfortunately, we both said yes.

Fifteen years later we both got interested in engines and we have about 20 between us.

So you can add another two members to the, old fart, 72 year olds column.
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Now currently 53 going on 54... Still act like 17 (maybe 14 at times) and feel like 105 !

I've jumped an age group since voting and looking through this thread and seeing that it's now 11 years old.... EVERYONE that commented/voted in the first 6 1/2 pages (from 2005) has jumped an age group by now and some may have already or are about to jump a second age group.

Had to sell my 37 Ford last year to keep from losing my house and have sold a few engines over the years for the same reasons including the 3hp Massey Harris on the back of the truck in the first picture. . . But So Far, still have OTTO which Dad built around 1970 and his 5hp Monitor and Grandpas Sandwich Hay Press all of which Dad sold after Grandpa died and I was able to buy back over the years since then.

After getting copies of the old home movies of the Monitor belted up to the Hay Press at the show before the show on Grandpas farm in 1969 the year before Dad started the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, I kind of need to keep those two together as long as humanly possible now that I own both of them.


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47 years old, act like 17 feel like 97.

Been around tractors and engines my whole life. Dad and Grandpa had 50-60 engines, 7 tractors, flour mill, Sandwich Hay Press, and tons of other stuff when I was a kid, but when Grandpa died, Gramma sold the farm and Dad sold all of the tractors & engines due to no more storage. I got a couple of them bought back over the years and a couple tractors and a dozen or so other engines since then, but most of them just sit there due to lack of time to do anything with them.

I assume that once you click on an age group you're locked in that group for the life of this thread.

I just found this thread through a link from another one, and I see it was started in Jan 31 2005. How many people have changed groupings since then ?

I am still in the 40-49 year old group that I would have been in when it started 4 years 8 months ago, but being 47 now, in a couple more years I will be in the 50-59 age group. Anyone that was 8 or 9, 18 or 19, 28 or 29, etc., etc., will have already moved up a catagory since it started, depending on how long ago they voted.

Interesting too to see there are a couple entries in the 90-100+ group. Any idea how long ago they submitted their votes, and what their ages are now assuming that they're still with us.

I'm not computer literate enough to know if it is even possible or not, but could another thread similar to this be made where people would click on the year they were born, and could it POSSIBLY keep a running tab on current age(s) from that database ???

Thinking while I'm typing though, I guess that wouldn't be entirely accurate either as it wouldn't know who was still with us and who had passed away, whether through old age or other circumstances at an earlier age.
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I can't believe this thread has lasted so long........

I CAN reset the poll.......
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reset meaning start over, or reset as in adjusting those who voted into their current groups ???

It's all way over my head as I ain't too computer literate... but it would be nice to see the numbers 'adjusted for inflation' so to speak.

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I thought I would chime in. A few of the original Stakers might remember me from the olden days. I'm still in the engine hobby and have been most of my life. I'm 27 going on 28 in March and have been with SmokStak since 2004.

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I can't believe this thread has lasted so long........

I CAN reset the poll.......
Might be more to the point to lock the thread and start a new one though.

Given how long the thread was going, people might not remember if they already voted in it or replied to it.
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Yeah, it's a cinch that 9-year-old has jumped brackets by now...
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Given how long the thread was going, people might not remember if they already voted in it or replied to it.
Craig has a built in reminder right under the poll.

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I CAN reset the poll.......
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I would like to see the old poll saved and a new one started so we can compare.
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I would like to see the old poll saved and a new one started so we can compare.
I agree. I was in my twenties when I initially responded. Now I'm staring down the barrel of 40! Where did the time go? Have I been on the Stak all this time??
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Well, I'm going on 75 (November) and am sure I've posted on this thread before but just want to say how good it makes me feel to see youngsters getting into the hobby.

For a while there, I thought our hobby would die-off but I'm encouraged it will last a while longer.

When I first got into engines (sometime before first grade), all of my friends thought I was weird. I still am but even though weird, I'm harmless.

I started collecting flywheel engines with a free Fairbanks-Morse dishpan and traded it for a pre-1900 Fairbanks-Morse Jack of All Trades which I still have.

My "antique engine" collection contains only the Jack of All Trades but I now design and build oddball small engines with a sort of "old" twist.

I didn't get into the hobby until I was in my '30's and have never been really active, going to one or two shows a year.

Shows are fun, you meet nice people and can eat some really unhealthy (but delicious) food. If a kid (anyone under 40!) shows interest in engines, I'm happy to help them gain knowledge. After all, they are the future of our hobby.

I hope to keep at it 'til they pack dirt in my face or I forget what that dirty stuff out in the garage is.
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Later today I'll start a new poll and leave a permalink to this one.......

Here is the link to the new thread >>> Is the Iron Hobby's Future HERE? II
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