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Offline capnbirdseye

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Minting press made by Hi-TON
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:21:02 AM »
I have a friend in California who collects old machinery, he is in the process of buying a 250 ton minting machine and the makers plate reads as HI-TON Birmingham.
Sounds similar to Heaton but can anyone find any info on Hi-TON?
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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2020, 11:24:51 AM »
Maybe a copy made in China ;D A picture of the name plate will be interesting!

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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2020, 03:24:19 PM »
Suggestion to contact:

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

It is presently shut due to Corvid-19, but I expect they would respond to an email with attached photo.
I am sure they would be able to source information for you or point you in the right direction.

« Last Edit: August 18, 2020, 01:25:59 PM by Deeman »

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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2020, 05:00:31 PM »
Thanks for suggestions, I'm waiting to hear back from him re a photo of the makers plate and also if 250 Ton is a typo for 25  :D
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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2020, 06:20:24 PM »
Wonder if this is the type of press you are enquiring about?

I found this picture of a 250 ton Hi-Ton press on the net accompanied by tech details only but no makers info.

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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2020, 06:37:35 PM »
That might be the one he is buying, is it in the USA?
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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2020, 07:04:11 PM »
That might be the one he is buying, is it in the USA?

Yes, www.lislesurplus.com


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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2020, 08:10:27 PM »
A possible producer: Hi-Ton Machine Tools, Ltd., Birmingham, founded on 28 May 1913, now dissolved. Very little information using google.

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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2020, 07:23:13 AM »
I was wondering if "250 tons" referred to the pressure exerted by the machine rather than its mass, but even then it seems rather a lot. Do minting machines exert pressures of around 2.5 million newtons?

Edit: It would seem so, from this from the Royal Australian Mint's website:

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Blanks are fed through the presses, where they are struck on both sides simultaneously by dies. Dies can strike coins with up to 200 tonnes of pressure,

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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2020, 09:48:24 AM »
I was wondering if "250 tons" referred to the pressure exerted by the machine rather than its mass, but even then it seems rather a lot. Do minting machines exert pressures of around 2.5 million newtons?

There are a couple of old adverts for HI-TON who specialised in and it says they specialised in  press machines of all types.  250 Tons is definitely not the weight, what was I thinking  :D
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Re: Minting press made by Hi-TON
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2020, 10:04:07 AM »
I never considered 250 ton to be the weight! It has to be the maximum working pressure.

As you say, what was you thinking, Vic?