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Vintage Nautilus machines..

Discussion in 'Gym Equipment' started by HevyMetal, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Old fitness machines don't die..they just slowly rust away.

    Or do they?

    As in the Nautilus Machines that Arthur Jones produced. Any still in existence today?

    Is there a fitness machine Hall Of Fame & Museum anywhere on the planet.?

    His cam-action machines were unique at the time.

    I understand HammerStrength duplicates some of the Nautilus protocol but I'm not sure.

    Who else uses the cam action on their machines?

    What year did Arthur's Nautilus machines bite the dust (if indeed they did)? Obviously they were improved upon over the years,yes?

    Is Nautilus still going strong?
     
  2. RTE

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    It was active with Jones until 1985 then it was bought out by some Texas millionaires who bought bowflex, Nordictrack, schwinn and others. they still build machines. The old machines are around my gym has 4 on hand, they used to have more but bought hammer strength machines who at one time was owned by Jones's son and others who worked with him. Jones went on to develop machines used for medical purposes which also build muscles, he sold that in 1997 and went into basic recluse

    There are many machines sold on eBay and someone found a bunch in storage that the regulars at Darden's site are trying to buy. there are people who have businesses that supply parts and pads for all machines.
     
  3. RTE

    RTE Well-Known Member

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    Adding to explanation. Hammer and the new nautilus attempt to achieve the full ROM without cams in most machines. Jones even turned out leverage machines to cut cost for home use.

    Jones turned out about three generations of his machines, between 1970 and 1985. They are still considered of value.
     
  4. RTE

    RTE Well-Known Member

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    Here is the best place to look at commercial Equipment including Nautilus old and new.
     
  5. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    The Strive machines use a cam type system, with the added feature of being able to position the starting point of the workload at different places on the cam, to allow for focusing the effort on the beginning, middle, or end of the ROM. Most Bally's have this system, if my information is correct.
     
  6. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I just bought these two pieces off Craigslist. :D
     
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  7. RTE

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    Looks good. pullover and dual shoulder should give you many years of service. If not too personal, how much were they?
     
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    He got them off of Craigslist so I doubt they were very expensive


    Nice job PD! :bow:
     
  9. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    $99 each. I'm a thrifty shopper. :D
     
  10. RTE

    RTE Well-Known Member

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    And a damn good one!!!
     
  11. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    99 bucks apiece.....I'm absolutely flabbergasted (and envious) :drool:
     

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