Miner & Jackleg

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    Underground miner running a jackleg drill 4,300 feet below the earth

    HBK_Photography, 50tonJeffrey, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. sanantonioriverman 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gold & Silver Mining, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. high pit wilma 65 months ago | reply

      That looks suspiciously like a Holman windy driller,the same as is shown in my photostream!!...only it looks as if you have an acoustic jacket on it to silence it,well ,to reduce the noise,at least.
      We had no silencers on at all,so most of the old miners like me ,who used them,are deaf,or partly deaf,as a result.
      Isee you are roof-bolting with Rawl-type bolts.
      Now THAT was a right Good job,wasn't it...!!!!!!!!Heh! heh!

    3. Guy Sande 65 months ago | reply

      I love that phrase, "windy driller"!! We just call them jacklegs, but I plan to let everyone know tomorrow at the mine that there is an alternate term.

      The drill in the photo is most likely a Gardner-Denver 83, and you're right that it has a muffler on the exhaust. Our safety regs require them underground at the mine, although if you look at my Cd'A District Mining Contest sets you'll see pictures of a drill without one.

      I'm assuming they're "windy" because of the compressed air, eh? Did you guys run any other drills that weren't pneumatic? Everything we've got, including the diesel jumbo's, still require air. I've read about all-electric drills being tested in Canada and South Africa, but it's far more convenient for the miner to extend his air line than calling down the electricians to extend a power cord.

    4. high pit wilma 65 months ago | reply

      Hey Pard!
      Yeah,windy..cos they are driven by "wind"....!
      Weve had Holman windy's in our pits since about the year 1911,and
      the private coalowners in those days,and the "N.C.B." [National Coal Board],from Nationalisation in 1947,bith knew about the dangers of hearing damage,and a condition called "REYNAUD'S SYNDROME"
      ["VIBRATION WHITE FINGER",but did nothing to reduce the risk to
      miners,of suffering from these conditions.
      So most old miners,who worked with windy's,have got damaged hearing,some stone deaf,others,not so bad.
      We mostly used electric handheld "bullshead" drillers,rotary,no hammer action,to drill both coal,and stone.
      Some types of stone was so hard,that it took one man to hold and push the driller,while he's marra's,two or three more of them,would all be pushing on the driller"bullshead",from behind.
      We only got the windy's in,if the stone proved too hard to drill with the electric ones.
      We also had small handheld windy-rotary drillers,which we nicknamed "Sputniks"..!

    5. HBK_Photography 31 months ago | reply

      nice, conventional mining all the way

    6. unclebobjim 28 months ago | reply

      This looks suspiciously like the aluminium tube 'airlegs' that we used down the South Crofty Tin Mine, between Camborne (home of Holmans) and Redruth, in Cornwall in the late '60s.
      Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name, possible atlas ?

      We also used 'stopers' a rock drill with a built in vertical airleg; used for, guess what, 'stoping'.

      As an ex Cornish Tin Miner with an Interest in these things, 'unclebobjim', a Native Cornishman (a 'Cousin Jack' or 'Janner' if you prefer), invites you to post this grand Mining Image to our WORLD MINING HERITAGE group at:


    7. Bill Quesnel 25 months ago | reply

      I have been selling Jacklegs and Stoper drills in Canada for the past 50 years. The drill is a S83F Gardner Denver Jackleg with a FL type pusher air leg and removable muffler. You will notice that the drill is operating nearly in line with the leg, but in actual fact is slightly past the vertical line. The S83F Jackleg is the only drill that has this feature that "locks" the leg making it the most popular jackleg drill for the past 40+ years with USA miners. While they have the S83F with this feature they do not see a need to purchase the "in-line" Stoper drills (that have the pusher air leg fixed in place as a part of the backhead of the drill). I recognize the distictive steel puller and the throttle handle of the S83F in the picture.
      William Quesnel - Parts HeadQuarters Inc - Canada

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