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Part 106/106a: Rollers
|106||Wood roller||1916||1978||2||2||0||initially 'Roller' then 'Cloth roller'|
The wood and sand rollers were designed for use in the Meccano loom, along with the other special loom parts from 101 to 105. The original part 106 was initially called simply "Roller" at the time of the 1918 parts listing. In 1919 part 106a the sand roller was introduced, and part 106 was renamed the "Cloth Roller". These parts were introduced by the line "Wooden Rollers for Looms (one of each required in a Loom)", in the December 1919 price list.
By June 1922 (or perhaps earlier, no doubt someone will correct me), the names Wood Roller and Sand Roller were in use in the parts listings.
Two wood rollers are required in the later Loom supermodels – one holding the warp before weaving, and one to collect the finished cloth. To maintain tension in the finished product, the sand roller is held tightly against the final wood roller by two tension springs, and the rough surface of the roller prevents the cloth or warp threads being pulled out. The tension on the warp is quite high, to allow the loom to work properly.
In 1921, outfit 7 was launched with this complement of rollers (two wood rollers and one sand roller), continuing to the outfit L in 1934. In 1937 with the launch of the outfit 10, these parts were dropped, and after the war they were discontinued.
However, the wood roller was one of the few 'obsolete' parts to be resurrected. In 1953 part 106 was brought back. It seems to be because it is useful as a drum for cable in larger cranes, particularly with face plates or something similar at both ends, and this has been its primary use since then.
The first issue wood rollers had no groove in them. Fairly early on (perhaps around 1921?) the groove was added, allowing an axle to be locked in place within the profile of the roller.
Variations and oddities
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|Wooden roller, with rod and two collars, no groove||??||.xx2|
|Wooden roller, with rod, two collars, and groove||??||.xx|
|Sand roller, metal grater surface||??||.xx|
|Wooden roller, post-war||53||.xx1|
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Simon Taylor (at 7:41am, Thu 25th Feb, 16)
That link still isn't working guys!
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Nick Smith (at 6:04pm, Sun 16th Mar, 14)
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Nick Smith (at 5:55pm, Sun 16th Mar, 14)
>>More information on the manufacture of these obsolete parts is shown here.
Tony Constamt (at 2:41am, Tue 5th Apr, 11)
I can confirm that the Spanish Sand Roller is just a plain roller with sandpaper glued on. I obtained both the plain roller (without grooves) and the sand roller direct from the company.