I had been looking for a OSS for a long time. I am an old tool guy and all the State's or other old OSS's I found were out of my price range or on the wrong coast or something else.
Then someone over at Woodnet offered me this
No. 2 Jewel Grinder
Motor City Machine
with a Howell Electric R/I motor.
I wasn't really sure what it was and it was up in Ann Arbor. But in a just a few weeks Arn Fest was going. I knew if I could find someone that could pick it up, it could hitch a ride with Dan down to Chattanooga and I could pick it up there.
After a lot of emails and a few photos I decided it would work but I still wasn't sure what it was. It just didn't look like an OSS. I have searched and searched and I can find nothing on this machine or the company. It is as if they made this one machine and disappeared. But I suspect that it was just a specialty machine.
I did get this from a metal working forum member:
Boyar Schultz made two or three different sizes of profile grinder. I owned a small size No. 1, which was a bench model. They have tilting tables and a spindle that holds 1/4" shank mounted wheels or carbide burs. I believe they were used to make sheet metal blanking dies and punches. They have adjustable travel above the table, so they can also do work in molding cavities.
Based on that I think it was Profile Grinder for some type of metal work. But again, speculation.
I have had it cosmetically restored for a while but was having trouble with spindles for it. This thing is such an odd ball. It has a collet machines on the motor shaft for a 1/2 spindle. No way to change it out.
I finally found a way to adapt a set of Lee Valley long (drill press) spindles to it using a router adapter sleeve. I got the wiring finished up and fired it up and put it use. Works like a champ!
My favorite part of using the machine is the strong smell of Ozone coming from the old Repulsion/Induction motor. Reminds me of my Lionel trains from childhood.