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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1976 days


638 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question vintage lathe vintage machine

I was wondering if anyone could give me some more information on this
Picador Pup Fig 777 combination machine I just bought today.
It’s Made in ENGLAND and is a miniature machine .. kind of looks like a knock off of the ShopSmith
only on a miniature scale..
Anyhow.. these are the pics of what I bought.. This machine is still in it’s original box
and has never been assembled. It’s 100% complete.. nothing missing at all..
I bought it because I thought it was cool.. I never intend on using it.
Any info would be appreciated..
Thanks..


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Ben Simms

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#1 posted 638 days ago

I have no information, but i agree it is really cool.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#2 posted 638 days ago

You could try these folks for information:

http://vintagemachinery.org/

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 638 days ago

“The Poor Mans Pal” – brilliant!

It looks like it should be quite old, but judging by the plastic bags around pieces and gloss stock for instructions it’s probably much more recent. I have a little circular saw that attaches to a drill for it’s power. That was my fathers before he could afford a real Skilsaw and it’s pretty worthless, but special nonetheless. Your unit would be perfect for things like doll houses and furniture, birdhouses, models etc.

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stevemorris

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#4 posted 638 days ago

there’s nothing on vintage or owwm, but its kinda neat

id be putting it on a stand and adding a motor in no time

-- My Shop is a Beaver Lodge

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1976 days


#5 posted 638 days ago

I would have thought “IF” it was a recently made machine that you could at least find some info on it?
The box looks really old.. never thought about the plastic bag or gloss instructions though
Hmmm MAYBE?
Just seems really strange there is ZERO info about it anywhere

I did not buy it because I needed a saw..lol I bought it only because it looks so cool..
I probably will set it up and display it.

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EEngineer

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#6 posted 638 days ago

I bought it because I thought it was cool.. I never intend on using it.

Oh, c’mon. Put that puppy to work! I can think of a dozen times where that would have helped me in projects over the past coupla years! That is a cool little tool.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1976 days


#7 posted 638 days ago

Haha Engineer..LOL..
Anyhow I did find this info about someone using one back in 1978.. but who knows when they we’re
actually made

1978 Info Link

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Surfside

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#8 posted 638 days ago

I agree, put that little tool to work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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JuniorJoiner

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#9 posted 638 days ago

i looked through every reference i know, and the only British made small machine tool company i could find(still operating)was Cowells. you have a good stumper there. From the pictures i would think it was a mail order type machine offered in model making magazines. if you could find digitized copies of such mags you may be able to track it down.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#10 posted 638 days ago

A Google search finds lots of info, mostly for sales. It’s not ancient but not made anymore either. I found a link to the company that made them, still in business and still have the Picador name: www.picadoreng.co.uk. You could contact them to see if they have manuals, etc.
By the way that does look cool. I could use one when I make al the small part on my toys. Thanks for sharing.

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1976 days


#11 posted 638 days ago

Hmmm.. I found ZERO on Google search but I did find the link you just sent me and emailed them for any info.
I guess they bought out the Picador Line.. but they don’t manufacture them now??
I’ll wait and see if they respond to my email..
Like I said they date back to at least 1978 because of the preious info I posted about it.
Jeff… make me an offer I can’t refuse..LOL
Junior.. I wish I could find some old magazine ads about it??

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nomercadies

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#12 posted 638 days ago

I can think of several ways to catch a long sleeved shirt in such a machine, but I would be smiling on my way to the urgent care medical walk in place. I’m not sure on second thought I would use it. Maybe build a display case for it so folks driving by could see that I had one and they didn’t. It is sooooo cool.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Jeff in Huntersville

398 posts in 1778 days


#13 posted 638 days ago

Dave,
I searched on Picador Pup. PM sent.

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1976 days


#14 posted 638 days ago

Has “ANYONE” found these for sale on a Google search?? I was told that they are available for $50.00 but when I do a search on my Google I find nothing.. Is my Google search messed up? I don’t get any info at all let alone some site that’s selling them? Please post a link for me if you do.. I paid double that for this one.. was I a sucker or what??? LOL

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nomercadies

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#15 posted 638 days ago

I found this, but no one wanting to sell me one for fifty dollars.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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