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Posted By Scotts Bum Wine,
Mar 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM
I'm not sure, but I think bigburner takes the longevity prize!
Bob, that isn't nice to say he is old like that.
Here's an analogy comparison between the bigburner who is eighty years old and the WG mentioned was only a kid. - my family owns a gravel company and started buying [ 6 yard buckets] WA-500 wheel loaders in 1980 and currently own 8. The first ones had a series one engine they didn't own any series two motors but have some series three motors. The series one motors ran average of 30,000 hours and the series three motors ran an average of 9000 hours. They got a hold of a company insider that admitted to them that the series one motors were over built and the series three motors were under built and they were targeting a 18 to 20 TBO Time before Overhaul See my point. Planned obsolescence. In 1932 when the BB was made they were trying to build the best boiler they could, not one that would needed to be replaced after 20 seasons.
Perhaps in 1932 material was less expensive, or competition from other boiler manufacturers was not as fierce, so they did not have to design components down to the Nth degree to maintain profit margins. Also, in 1932, US manufacturers were using virgin iron and steel versus recycled products like they use today --- outside of the automobile industry. I have to pick from what is on the market today, but still it is fun to compare old to new.
I have seen this before in other products as well bigburner. I can't stand the lights on the dash of many of these vehicles today. Most are way too sensitive and send many a consumer to the garage that ending up spending money they did not need. It seems there are many things that are not built as well as they could be these days. Reason being that if they build them to well the consumer will not be back for a long time resulting in lower profit margins. It is all about the mighty dollar for some, not all, but many. Sorry about getting off topic there OP.
Sorta related...my sister just bought a new washng machine. Appliance guy at install time said too bad she didn't spend $$ to fix the old one as he can about guarantee the fancy looking new one won't make 10 years.
LOL I have a seven year old front loader. Already replaced the 'spider' that mounts to the drum and drive belt. It had broken into three pieces. Had to take the whole thing apart, took 4 hours. Now I think a bearing is going bad. Makes an awful noise at times.
And I just threw out a microwave with a bad magnetron. Was cheaper to replace. Even with me doing the labor.
So is that old boiler "undocumented"?