[D8322ZDK], Letter from Gardiner C Sims to Thomas Alva Edison, November 14th, 1883


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[D8322ZDK], Letter from Gardiner C Sims to Thomas Alva Edison, November 14th, 1883

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man from shamokin reports that engine worked for three weeks, "or until oil you furnished was exhausted. An inferior quality of oil was then used" on the eccentrics. Regulation [of engine ie, governor/cutoff] was prevented; tried to replace pulley but failed because key stuck; pushed on it as it was "tight against the bearing and regulation was impossible." Engine ran well until heated when the "poor oil failed to promptly lubricate"; used cylinder oil on eccentrics--worked OK. Ordered "vacuum oil" "will lubricate to your satisfaction and ours." Pres of Shamokin Co. condemned our engine & wanted to return it . If I were in his position, would similarly have looked for something to condemn and would also have blamed engine. Asks TAE to investigate, as this is the first engine (of 57 of this size) to give problems; tell us if we're at fault because "The success of your light depends much on the men that are in charge of it."




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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