The Meyer replica is a modernized version of the original Meyer machine that used steel hooks with peened studs holding the handle plate onto the hookarms. The strand hook and attached arms are cast in aluminum versus the original steel. The arms are set about three inches apart in the hardwood frame. This machine can be used for making three or four-strand ropes. This is a great rope machine to use while learning the art of making rope.
This unit is non-geared, so one turn of the handle is one turn of the strand hooks. Therefore, the strand hook turning becomes more controlled, and then can better monitor the forming of the yarns (string, twine, etc.) into the strands. This slow speed allows the ropemaker to maintain control of the strand forming and rope closing actions.
All rope machines of the early 1900s vintage need to be attached to a table, sawhorse, or column for operation. For this reproduction Meyer machine, we use a specific purpose sawhorse to put ballast on a shelf in the bottom section. Suggestions are included with the kit instructions about attaching the machine to a base.
When working on slick floors, the sawhorse may need 60+ pounds of ballast when making ropes 3/4th inch or larger in diameter to keep the sawhorse from being dragged across the floor while making rope, or else, set the sawhorse on a rubber mat. Working on driveways or yards, the ballast requirement for the workstand drops significantly because of the increased surface friction.
The M2K Rope machine kit comprises the rope machine, two cross-shaped rope tools, and the pulley traveler assembly. Shipping weight is about six pounds, as shown below.
The machine can be adapted to different mounting options, such as mounting to a fence rail. This has been a particular concern for museum groups. Contact us to discuss your requirements.