Mr Olds’ Remarkable Elevator

  • Published on: 17 June 2019
  • Olds Engineering, a traditional workshop and foundry, sits in Maryborough, Australia. It's not the sort of place you'd expect to find a new industrial invention in the 21st century: and yet the Olds Elevator, patented by Peter Olds, is just that.

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    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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  • Runtime : 5:26
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott   8 months ago

    I had absolutely no idea what to title this video. I think this is one of the most interesting stories that's been on this channel, but trying to sum it up in a few words, for a medium that needs must-click titles, was really difficult!

  • Cédrick
    Cédrick   2 days ago

    Rumor has it that Tom is still rotating that cylinder to this very day.

  • M B
    M B   1 weeks ago

    But you didn't explain what is the advantage compared with just turning the screw like normal? Surely it's more complicated, mechanically, to make the cyclinder turn?

  • Cameron Davenport
    Cameron Davenport   1 weeks ago

    This would be a neat desk toy, with some fine sand and an elevator no taller than 12". Heck, you might even be able to make one with some tools from the hardware store.

  • Qrafter 7113
    Qrafter 7113   2 weeks ago

    I'm afraid I don't get it, how is this any better than rotating the screw?

  • Jack Soley
    Jack Soley   2 weeks ago

    This gents' name is the opposite of news.

  • HP
    HP   1 months ago


  • Ben Goodwin
    Ben Goodwin   1 months ago

    I would expect it to kind of work just from friction on the casing, but I didn’t think it could possibly work better than the center part spinningThat said, I think I get it now

  • Christopher Gibbons
    Christopher Gibbons   1 months ago

    The collar at the bottom of the pipe does all the work the screw just keeps things from jamming.

  • notthere83
    notthere83   1 months ago

    What's not explained in this video - why not do this by rotating the screw? Seems like that should work the same way and would be safer?

  • hwoods01
    hwoods01   1 months ago

    Excuse me, but this 'new idea's was invented in Africa over 2,000 years ago.

  • BigPurpleFlower
    BigPurpleFlower   1 months ago

    I thought that if there were an s at the end of a proper noun that you'd keep it? (Olds's as opposed to Olds')*Note the word "thought." I am not entirely certain of the above statement, and as such would like to direct any dissenters to remain civil if I am to be corrected. Good day.

  • Caleb Hall
    Caleb Hall   1 months ago

    it reminds me of Albert Einstein

  • samrijijkot
    samrijijkot   2 months ago

    Having trouble understanding in what way is this different/better than rotating the screw...?

  • TheIgnobleSavage
    TheIgnobleSavage   2 months ago

    Also Tom, you should do a series on great inventors of today - more of this kind of stuff...individual tinkerers in their sheds and workshops creating wacky stuff. I'm sure there's a whole world of people and inventions out there waiting for a chance to show off on your channel!

  • TheIgnobleSavage
    TheIgnobleSavage   2 months ago

    Makes me wonder how much is still out there to be discovered. Also how good old fashioned mechanical know how is still vitally important and a rarer skill in todays consumerist tech savvy world

  • jengsleit
    jengsleit   2 months ago

    Is it possible to still achieve the same result by keeping the tube and the screw from moving and only turn the little scooper device?

  • Supraman1987
    Supraman1987   2 months ago

    When I was a kid I built one of these too. I assumed that it was something that had already been invented and moved on with my life. I assume that it really has been invented before; maybe not patented.

  • Immanuel Can - Thoughtful Gaming

    Actually Nassim Taleb's works, among others, very clearly show that real innovation only extremely rarely comes from big corporations or state driven research. Special people like the ones you show are the real innovators. Great video, thank you a lot for your works! :-)

  • Lander Bennewith
    Lander Bennewith   3 months ago

    I think the simple answer is, what you are demonstrating there is a set of relative reference frames exactly as is seen in general relativity, its just einstein's lift idea but rather than "is the lift moving and the universe still, or is the lift still and the whole universe moving?" being the question its "Is the screw twisting and the casing stationary? Or is the casing moving and the screw stationary?". Simply put, the guys who often end up thinking about that question in the 20th century were the ones who wanted to do crazy maths and answer world breaking questions about hugely macroscopic and microscopic events, not ones who wanted to make a cool lift.

  • Anthony Rice
    Anthony Rice   3 months ago

    Maryborough Queensland. I'm moving there next year and was actually packing for that move just before I say down to watch this video. Amazing!

  • Thingaloo
    Thingaloo   3 months ago

    Archimedes didn't patent though

  • CrippledMerc
    CrippledMerc   3 months ago

    My dad always said the sign of a good invention is the amount of people who see it and say “How has nobody thought of this before?”

  • George Buzea
    George Buzea   3 months ago

    It’s the theory of relativity. The axel rotates from the view point of the cylinder, just as well as the cylinder does from the view point of the axel. Both rotations are equal in different frames of references.

  • Fluffyassassin
    Fluffyassassin   3 months ago

    1:41 yall notice the casual cannon sitting on the table?

  • Kim Ashbaker
    Kim Ashbaker   3 months ago

    Complicated doesn’t always mean better. Keep it simple!

  • ray renz
    ray renz   3 months ago

    can we make one for people? it should have enough force to bring the people upwards.

  • Tek
    Tek   3 months ago

    "It's different as usual and if it helps people, that's great."What a great guy!

  • Gamblor
    Gamblor   3 months ago

    That's how I'm going to make my mark on the world...with birdseed.

  • snarf
    snarf   3 months ago

    Mr.Olds seems like a genuine character. Loved hearing his story.

  • Janque
    Janque   4 months ago

    It might be a dumb question but why is this better than rotating the screw? I mean the tube has more weight so doesn't it take more energy to rotate it?

  • toxaq
    toxaq   4 months ago

    The casing doesn’t need to rotate for this to work it just makes it more efficient . If you “unwind” a screw it’s just a long ramp. You’re either pushing the ramp under something or pushing something up the ramp. That’s the difference between these two ideas.

  • Kriss Wolf
    Kriss Wolf   4 months ago

    If the olds elevator is so similar to archimedes screw, why is it that in the video, it was said that the old’s elevator is the only one suited to handle some delicate products. But they didn’t explain why it’s more suitable than archimedes screw