Excerpt from Popular Mechanics: Shop Notes, Volume 2,
A motorcycle may be rigged up to run shop machinery with excellent
results. The motorcycle will provide as much power as a 3-hp
engine and is not at all injured for use on the road by putting
it to this purpose in the shop, says a correspondent of the
a Motorcycle for Shop Power
The arrangement is very simple. Make a stand, as shown in the
sketch, to raise the wheel from the floor. Block the front wheel
with a block on each side of the wheel, one in front and one
at the rear. For the rear axle make a stand, A, and screw it
fast to the floor. Make a small shaft, B, and fasten in the
end of it a 20 tooth, 1/4-in. sprocket, C. Have it flush. Make
journals or bearings, D, to hold the shaft and use collars,
E, to keep it in place. Set this directly under the large sprocket
of the rear wheel of the motorcycle, fasten it there and get
a chain long enough to reach all the way around. Make the pulley,
F, 6x3 or 4x3, of whatever speed desired, and put in place.
Set the machine upstairs or down, as desired, and run the belt
from the spark shaft to the line shaft. Fill the bicycle tank,
which holds 1 gal. of gasoline, sufficient for 100 miles' run
at a cost of about 14 cents. It is not necessary to keep gasoline
in storage as when riding to and from the shop one may have
the tank filled at a store. The bicycle can be taken from its
stand for use on the road in five minutes.
This arrangement is suitable for running a drill press, horse
clipper, grindstone, lathe, or emery wheel.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published
in 1906. It describes what was recommended in accordance with
the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please
consider this fact.