Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. | Stewart & Clark (Stewart Warner)
Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, Sunbeam
Life Span: 1900-Present
Location: 158-60 Huron Street (1899), Southwest corner of La Salle avenue and Ontario street (142 Ontario)
Architect: John H. Wagner
Prairie Framer, March 31, 1900
MACHINES TO SHEAR SHEEP.
It seems that the time is coming when nearly all kinds of work will be done with machinery. One of the late successful machines is that for shearing sheep. It not only does the work more quickly than the old plan, but does it much better. It has been thoroughly tried, a million sheep having been shorn with it last season. Full information can be obtained as to the method of using this machine by writing for the large illustrated circular which will be sent free. Write the manufacturers, the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., 158-160 Huron st., Chicago, Ill. This company makes another article that should be In the home of every farmer who has drives to make in the cold. That is the Clark carriage heater. Its use amounts almost to carrying a stove along in the buggy. It is easily handled and the fuel it burns is cheap. No one can imagine the heat it furnishes. It supplants the soapstones and hot bricks. It brings more comfort on a long cold drive than any invention of recent years. It is practical in all respects, almost indestructible. and worth many times its cost.
Inter Ocean, October 14, 1900
John H. Wagner has designed a steel skeleton construction building, to be erected at the southwest corner of La Salle avenue and Ontario streets for the Chicago Flexible Shaft company, It will be eight stories and basement, 100×40, and will cost. $70,000. He has also designed improvements in the five story building at No. 174 Randolph street for Ellen S. King. It fronts thirty feet, with a depth of 167, and the interior will be reconstructed and a passenger elevator put in, the whole involving $15,000.
Iron Age, October 9, 1902
The Twentieth Century Clipper.
The Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, 124 La Salle avenue, Chicago, Ill., are putting in the market their new Twentieth Century clipper, shown herewith. The 12-inch balance gear has teeth on its inner edge which engage with a small hardened steel pinion, which in turn transmits the power to the flexible shaft and knives. The clipper is alluded to as free turning, fast cutting, simple, and as permitting the clipping of a horse in less than 30 minutes. The clipper weighs 15 pounds complete, and each one is packed separate in a box 14 x 14 2¾ inches in size, the weight boxed being 19 pounds. This makes a convenient package to carry from place to place. It s pointed out that the clipper can be set up ready for use in one minute, that it requires no experience to operate, and a small boy can turn the crank all day without tiring.
The Chicago Live Stock World, February 26, 1903
Visitors at the recent International Fat Stock Show, Chicago, were treated to a genuine surprise at the exhibit of the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co.. who showed Stewart’s latest patent hand power sheep shearing machine in operation. Sheep were shorn daily at intervals of five to ten minutes during the entire week, the shearing exhibit being at all times the center of deeply interested audiences.
This shearing machine has practically revolutionized the sheep shearing industry of the world, it being conceded by all who saw machines in operation that the day of the old-fashioned hand shears is past and it now does not pay to shear by hand under any circumstances. W. L. Paulsen, a well-known western shearer, when working fast, easily turned out three sheep in eight minutes. The rapidity and accuracy with which the work was done was truly marvelous and was worth going many miles to see. And such saving of wool, one to two pounds per sheep being the average saved over hand shearing, which means 16 to 32 cents on each sheep shorn.
The inventor of this machine, Mr. J. K. Stewart, president of the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., 133 La Salle avenue, Chicago, deserves much praise for perfecting a shear that has met with such enthusiastic endorsement. To make the machine complete, an attachment for grinding the knives is also furnished, by which the knives can be ground in less than ten seconds. This outfit enables a farmer having ten sheep or two thousand to shear the entire number without being compelled to return the knives to the factory for grinding.
The Chicago Live Stock World, March 5, 1903
Although sheep shearing machines have now been on the market for some years and are considered by all men to be a success and a necessity to every flock owner still there has always been a difficulty which ha probably kept many people from taking up the machine This has been the great trouble of regrinding the knives when they became dull as they are apt to do especially when the sheep are on sandy soil.
We are glad to see that the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. of Chicago the well-known manufacturers of sheep shearing machines the sole makers of the Stewart Improved Shear have recognized the necessity of overcoming this difficulty. This they have done in an admirable manner by perfecting and patenting a new form of disc grinder to be attached to tho pinion shaft of their new hand power sheep shearing machine. With this grinder the knives can be quickly sharpened equal to new In a few momenta and be ready for business again Before the Introduction of this new grinder It was necessary for the owner of a hand power machine to send his knives to the makers to be reground when dull.
This will now be entirely done away with and the shearing can be got through without interruption at the he machine and it is but the work of a moment to grinder is available This grinder added to a hand power machine entirely does away with the only objection that could be raised against th use of the machine and now that the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. have solved this problem there to no doubt but that the demand for the Stewart hand power sheep shearing machine will be even greater than in previous years.
The Chicago Live Stock World, April 14, 1904
CLIP YOUR HORSES.
Readers of the Live Stock World will notice an advertisement in today’s paper with the above caption—”Clip Your Horses”—with the 20th Century Clipper, price only $2. It is a positive shame to use a horse when he has his long. heavy coat on. Kept under artificial conditions he has not a chance in the world to comply with the demands of nature as the wild horses do. Too often after sweating freely, he stands all night, wet to the very skin, using up, to dry his thick hair, all the heat that should be given to recuperate his tired body. Thus he loses strength steadily. Whereas, if the clippers should be run over him he would be dry in 20 minutes and stand warm and comfortable all night. But that isn’t all. When a horse takes a chill from sleeping in his wet coat, rheumatism, pneumonia and kidney disease result, and the horse is ruined.
That is why a clipping machine is an investment that will pay a thousand per cent (and more, too,) on its cost. You can not afford to be without it. See advertisement in this paper and write to the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co.. 125 La- Salle avenue, Chicago, for their free booklet and further particulars. Please mention this paper when you write.
SHEEP SHEARING SUGGESTIONS.
The above is the title of a neat little booklet issued by the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., of 125 La Salle avenue, Chicago, and gives the experience of Mr. R. M. Marquis, the champion sheep shearer of the world. The booklet is intended to show the advantages of machine shearing over hand work, and the economies that may be obtained by the former method as against the latter The facts are that no up-to-date sheep ‘men can afford to overlook these advantages. In the first place, a machine saves from 1 to 2 lbs of wool to every sheep, and in the second place it saves the sheep from being hacked and butchered. It saves time, labor, wool and sheep, and the records show that last year over 18,000,000 sheep were shorn in this country alone with the machines manufactured by Chicago Flexible. Shaft Co.. whereas, five years ago only a few sheep were shorn by machines. This machine will pay for itself in the first 60 sheep sheared, and this great economy ought to be sufficient in itself to make you stop and think.
This little booklet should be in the hands of every farmer who has a sheep on the place. Write to the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. 125 La Salle avenue, Chicago.
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