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Part 106/106a: Rollers

106Wood roller 19161978220initially 'Roller' then 'Cloth roller'
106aSand roller 19161940110
A Meccano wood roller (left) and sand roller (right)
Loading picture Rollers

The parts

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.

Chronological variations

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.

Pre-war and post-war wood roller ends
Loading picture Woodrollerends With the wood roller, it is pretty easy to spot the difference between the pre-war and the reintroduced version from 1953 onwards.  The earlier ones are much better made, from finer grained wood (perhaps beech?), and the ends are smooth.  Post-war versions are from a coarser wood (probably pine?), and are rough at the ends as you can see from the photo to the right.

Variations and oddities

WRI reproduction Sand Roller, note the coarser gauge and four nails
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Loading picture Sandrollerwri The sand roller, being a very rare part, was one of a number of parts manufactured by W R (Bill) Inglis in the early 1970's and sold by him directly through adverts in the Meccano Magazine. There are a number of obvious differences between the Meccano and the WRI part. The metal plate is much coarser, the roller itself is 1/16'' larger in diameter, the part is stamped WRI on one end, and there are only four nails holding the plate to the roller (as opposed to eight on the Meccano part). More information on the manufacture of these obsolete parts is shown here.  

Dealer spare parts boxes

Individual part numbers

Part numbers for the parts on this page are as follows:    Unique part numbers
For identification, each variation has been given a suffix to the main Meccano part number. These suffixes consist of a two-character code for the colour, and if there are many variations, a further number and sometimes letter code to identify each variation. See the bottom of the 'Parts' page for further details.

You don't need to worry what the codes are, just click on any one for a photograph.

The button above turns on and off the display of DMS numbers (where they are known). The DMS (Development of the Meccano System, Hauton and Hindemarsh) published in 1972 and added to in 75 and 82, suggested part numbers for every variation of every Meccano part. These numbers aren't perfect, but they are recognised and also referenced in the EMP (Encyclopedia of Meccano Parts, Don Blakeborough).

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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-war53.xx1 

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Further information

Total number of messages on this page: 12.  This is page 1 of 2.   Next

Simon Taylor      (at 7:41am, Thu 25th Feb, 16)

That link still isn't working guys!

Nick Smith      (at 7:47am, Mon 17th Mar, 14)

I was trying to say the link to WRI obsolete parts is broken
It is still on the international meccanomen site but not where the link takes you to

Richard Payn      (at 6:50am, Mon 17th Mar, 14)

You cannot add HTML to comments. This is a safety measure against Spammers.

Nick Smith      (at 6:04pm, Sun 16th Mar, 14)

something truncated this...
>>More information on the manufacture of these obsolete parts is shown here.

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.

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