Mini-Ram


| September/October 1995



Bridgeport milling machine

4921 Lowhill Church Road New Tripoli, Pennsylvania 18066

After acquiring an interest in the operation of water rams, I started collecting and displaying them at local engine and tractor shows.

I have always wanted a working ram to display at shows, but the bulkiness of a full size display, plus the problems associated with returning the water used to operate the ram back to its supply, was more hassle than I cared to bother with.

On the other hand, I thought that a small version or model of a water ram, built to scale, would be an interesting challenge to undertake.

I decided to make a miniature ram model that would operate at table top level. I knew that a display such as this would pique the interest of visitors and demonstrators alike.

I made my Mini-Ram almost entirely on my small lathe and drill press. A friend of mine offered me the use of his Bridgeport milling machine. This made it easier to machine the base, but the ram could have been built entirely in my meager workshop.