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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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott   3 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!

  • Yoseppi Joe
    Yoseppi Joe   4 hours ago

    Amazing that this was only thought of so recently. Very impressed.

  • Cameron Black
    Cameron Black   12 hours ago

    Is it bad that I knew it would work as I’ve seen a weed smoking device using the same mechanism

  • Cowtown FPV
    Cowtown FPV   17 hours ago

    i dont really understand how this is different, or better in different circumstances than a spinning auger. Can someone explain it?

  • LoneWolf
    LoneWolf   1 days ago

    I live 30 minutes away from his shop really nice lot and really cool shop

  • Javier Fauxnom
    Javier Fauxnom   2 days ago

    So...does turning the screw not work? What is the advantage of turning the casing instead of the screw?

  • Chris Russell
    Chris Russell   3 days ago

    has to be old...australia doesnt support anyone trying to make anything here..

  • Michel Banguerski
    Michel Banguerski   3 days ago

    Pardon me if I missed something but your explanation seems incomplete to me. Allow me to explain:I am rather certain that what is making the material go upwards is the friction force between particles and the cylinder internal surface whereas the intake pressure contribution is marginal. I came to this conclusion because otherwise the pressure would be accumulatig at the bottom of cylinder proportional to its height.

  • Dan
    Dan   4 days ago

    I get that it's functionally the same as a traditional screw conveyor, but what I don't understand is how it is any better. Mr Olds here mentions a few of its advantages, but I'm struggling to understand why a traditional screw wouldn't do the same thing.

  • welshpete12
    welshpete12   5 days ago

    It's from the Archimedes screw that we get the idea of the propeller . I wonder what would happen if you tried to put liquids through this devise , would you get forward motion ?

  • Mark Persad
    Mark Persad   1 weeks ago

    What a remarkable story about an outstandingly original piece of intuition. Hats off to Mr. Olds and kudos as always to you Tom, for digging out another fascinating idea for a film!

  • Arterton
    Arterton   1 weeks ago

    Привет с Джойреактора

  • Grubfoot
    Grubfoot   1 weeks ago

    It would have been good if there was a demonstration of how much more effective moving the cylinder is than moving the screw.

  • Germinal Rodriguez
    Germinal Rodriguez   1 weeks ago

    Genuine question: is there an advantage to rotating the casing as opposed to rotating the screw?

  • doonesbury 73
    doonesbury 73   1 weeks ago

    Human engineering , solutions start with problems and needs

  • Emil Sipinen
    Emil Sipinen   1 weeks ago

    What if you rotate the casing and the screw?

  • NS Sherlock
    NS Sherlock   1 weeks ago

    Serviced one of their machines at Boral, (making compressed fibre sheet).One point they don"t say about what"s the advantage of turning the outer tube VS turning an inner screw,is you don't need the fixed screw to be the full length of the tube,once material has travelled up a couple of metres of "screw",it keeps pushing up ,by the new material been fed in through the base.Where as a turning screw system needs the screw to be full length to carry the material up and out.

  • Dave Stambaugh
    Dave Stambaugh   1 weeks ago

    They have been making the diamond frame bicycle for over a hundred years and until the last twenty years, no one could see that the down tube ,that is the one connecting the crank housing to the steer tube was a torque tube. All modern bikes have larger diameter tubing to resist the twisting between the handle bars and the pedals. It took many years but should have been obvious.

  • Stand4Liberty
    Stand4Liberty   1 weeks ago

    This might work well on the moon to collect the lunar regolith (dust) for study and mining.

  • Jakob Fitschen
    Jakob Fitschen   1 weeks ago

    Why is it better than rotating the screw? I don't see the point

  • Hamguy Bacon
    Hamguy Bacon   2 weeks ago

    Inventions are created out of necessity.

  • trik
    trik   2 weeks ago

    what about spinning casing one direction and screw different direction

  • Johnathan Sams
    Johnathan Sams   2 weeks ago

    I don’t fully understand the advantage over a typical Archimedes screw. Why does having the cylinder turn, instead of the screw, provide any advantage?

  • Michael Slee
    Michael Slee   2 weeks ago

    What are the pros and cons of 2 similar sized units, one by rotating the screw and one rotating the casing?

  • Apropos Racer
    Apropos Racer   2 weeks ago

    A quick theory about no one rotating the cylinder. It is simply easier engineering to connect a small shaft to something that turns as opposed to a wide cylinder with an unmoving screw which for all intents and purposes, serves the same purpose.

  • Rhyannon Ashford
    Rhyannon Ashford   2 weeks ago

    "What do you think would happen"It'll climb up the sides, that's how a grain elevator work. Oh, I get the title now.

  • 148 159
    148 159   3 weeks ago

    Wait, so at the start of the video you say this was invented around the 1930's and at the end you conclude with how you don't understand how more people didn't figure this out.... What am I missing here? Seems like they've known about this for almost a century?

  • Tim Buthfer
    Tim Buthfer   3 weeks ago

    What's the advantage over rotating the screw?

  • John w
    John w   3 weeks ago

    I work on an industrial chicken farm. Now i'm wondering how these could be used in moving chicken feed from outside bins to inside hoppers....

  • Jana Katharina
    Jana Katharina   3 weeks ago

    I thought this was kinda standard... I have seen mashines using this technique. But I am not so old yet and this is already around for more than 10 years, maybe that's why... A great invention though, so simple and yet effective

  • rutger houtdijk
    rutger houtdijk   3 weeks ago

    If it's only the scoops an the bottom doing all the work, wouldn't it be easier to only rotate those?

  • ben Jovi
    ben Jovi   3 weeks ago

    who know what sketches could be found in old netebooks or in margins of textbooks? just because it was never tired doesn't mean it wasn't thought of at all

  • viscountalpha
    viscountalpha   3 weeks ago

    It makes sense if you think about the objects pushing against each other instead of only the cylinder moving.