Gizmo’s use has Robbie totally flummoxed

The origin and use of a ‘gizmo’ in Robbie Rogers’ backyard has him stumped.

“We have no idea what it is,” says Robbie, a fencing contractor, who has a private museum and is pretty knowledgeable about machinery.


The gizmo has a series of springs and cogs which operate two interlocking jaws to move backwards and forwards over each other.

“We took it to the Rotorua Tractor and Machinery Club’s vintage tractor show and live day in February. Lots of people looked at it and made suggestions about what it might be – but no one knew for sure.”

The device has a plate on its side with the name Famos, a cross, ’Patent’, and ‘Contr. No 198U6’.

“We think it might have been used to tie bundles of oats or straw after threshing,” says Robbie.


Robbie Rogers has figured out how to work the gizmo – he just doesn’t know what it does.

The device is foot-operated and has a series of springs and cogs which operate two interlocking jaws to move backwards and forwards over each other.

“We’d love to find out what it is. Even trying to track down the patent number hasn’t worked because we are not sure of the country of origin.”

Anyone who thinks they know what it is can phone Robbie on 027 4502 723 or email
elaine@thesun.co.nz with ‘gizmo’ in the subject line.


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