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Thread: Does Anyone Use An Ironrite Mangle Anymore?

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    Super Member ThayerRags's Avatar
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    I picked up an old Model 85 Ironrite Mangle at an auction the other day. An old antique store was being liquidated, so I bought it just for the heck of it. Iíve got it at the shop, but I havenít gotten to fiddle with it to see if it will still work. I donít really have an application for it, but wondered if it would be handy for pressing yardage fabric?

    CD in Oklahoma

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    It should work good for yardage. My mother had one and ironed the sheets, t-shirts, etc.

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    Can you post a picture. I've never heard of one. Thanks.

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    Yes, it will be wonderful for yardage. In fact, there wasn't anything that needed to be ironed (that meant just about everything in the 60's and 70's) that I didn't iron on my Ironrite.

    It will take some practice to get good at it. It is operated with a knee lever. I hope it came with a user's manual. You'll need some instructions.

    A bit of advice - before you try to use it, make sure it has a good supply of oil. It needs it just like your car engine does; you pour it right in. It uses a very fine grade of oil. Only problem - I don't know where you can buy it nowadays. Maybe if you google it you come up with something. Good luck!

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    I am curious what it is. I guess I will google it...

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    I took photos and test operated my Ironrite. It works! The roller motor runs and the heating element works, but the knee levers to stop and raise the roller donít respond correctly. Iím hoping they just need adjustment. I couldnít run it for long because it needs oil in the gearbox. From what I understand, the Ironrite Oil was a 50 weight non-detergent oil. Some sites that Iíve found say that SAE 40 oil can be used, so Iíll look around and see what I can find locally. I doubt that Iíll be able to find actual ďIronrite OilĒ anymore.

    The outside of the metal cabinet has rusty scuffed areas and will need to be repainted, but otherwise, itís not been banged around too much. This model was made in the late 40s and early 50s, and with a serial number of AB315547. Iíd guess this one is an early 50s model.

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    I took photos and test operated my Ironrite. It works! The roller motor runs and the heating element works, but the knee levers to stop and raise the roller donít respond correctly. Iím hoping they just need adjustment. I couldnít run it for long because it needs oil in the gearbox. From what I understand, the Ironrite Oil was a 50 weight non-detergent oil. Some sites that Iíve found say that SAE 40 oil can be used, so Iíll look around and see what I can find locally. I doubt that Iíll be able to find actual ďIronrite OilĒ anymore.

    The outside of the metal cabinet has rusty scuffed areas and will need to be repainted, but otherwise, itís not been banged around too much. This model was made in the late 40s and early 50s, and with a serial number of AB315547. Iíd guess this one is an early 50s model.

    CD in Oklahoma
    I googled "User's Manual for Ironrite Mangle" and on Ebay found a Model 85 Instruction Manual for $11.79 (Buy It Now),
    also a roller cover for $36.99 (looks like you could use a new one), and there's also a service manual available for a few dollars.

    What is the lever doing? If I remember correctly, you use your knee to push it to the right and release it, the roller will come down and start rolling against the iron and just keep rolling until you stop it by pushing the level again to release it. If you push the level to the right and hold it there, the roller will come down on the iron, roll for a few seconds, then lift up, come down again, roll, and lift up again, and just keeps repeating this process until you release the lever. Is this what yours is doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol's Quilts
    ..."User's Manual for Ironrite Mangle... Model 85 Instruction Manual ... a roller cover ... also a service manual ...
    I have a new copy of the operating manual that came yesterday. Thereís also some good videos that I found on Google that Ironrite made back years ago, showing how to use the ironer. I think Iíll try making my own roller cover, but I might look into the Service Manual.

    Thereís very little oil in the gearbox, so I didnít run it long enough to really determine how the levers respond or what they need. Iíll test them better once I get some oil in it.

    Thanks for your help.

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by Carol's Quilts
    ..."User's Manual for Ironrite Mangle... Model 85 Instruction Manual ... a roller cover ... also a service manual ...
    I have a new copy of the operating manual that came yesterday. Thereís also some good videos that I found on Google that Ironrite made back years ago, showing how to use the ironer. I think Iíll try making my own roller cover, but I might look into the Service Manual.

    Thereís very little oil in the gearbox, so I didnít run it long enough to really determine how the levers respond or what they need. Iíll test them better once I get some oil in it.

    Thanks for your help.

    CD in Oklahoma
    You're most welcome. Good luck. I kinda envy you! Those pictures bring back so many memories. Let us know how it's going!

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    My mom had one of those when I was little! It would be great for ironing yardage!

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    I have one. I love it for scraps and yardage.

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    Thanks for the pictures and additional information. Appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    My mom had one of those when I was little! It would be great for ironing yardage!
    Okay so that's what my mom had back in her sewing room years ago. Not sure what happened to it after we left that house. Thanks for the memories!

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    After seeing the pic, I remember seeing one of these at an auction.

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    ThayerRags;3471131 I live in San Francisco and only wear cotton because I am allergic to Polyester and many artificial fabrics. I do iron my shirts, my antique tablecloths, and antique napkins to a professional polish as if they came from the laundry or dry cleaner. It is a wonderful machine and irons any type of clothing, sheet, anything cotton. Here is a video of how to use the machine. The ironer irons anything in less than 1/2 the time of a conventional iron.
    http://ia600508.us.archive.org/0/ite...946_2_edit.mp4



    CD in Oklahoma[/QUOTE]

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    Yup, that's the one. My mom had one too. It'll be great for doing any fabric you want flat. Good job.

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    My Mom had one too I loved doing sheets pillow cloths and hankies on it! Do not know what ever happened to it.

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