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Austin Machine began in the mid-1970’s by Chip Austin as a loosely organized offshoot of his grandfather’s gunsmithing shop and his father’s motorcycle shop “Trailsport Bulltaco”. Chip was 16 years old. Chip’s first paying Austin Machine job was fixing a high school friends Bronco driveshaft on the bike shop’s lathe. Soon after another one showed up, after that word spread and that was the beginning of Austin Machine building driveshafts!

Growing up with two talented family members who were constantly building and modifying everything from guns and Model T’s to bulldozers, ignited Chip’s interest in all things mechanical at a young age.

By 1984, Austin Machine had moved into its first purpose-built building. In 1990, the expanding business moved to a larger building down the road in South Sanford.   Since 2002, the current location is an even larger facility now housing the machine shop, driveshaft fabrication, exhaust systems construction and installation, plus specialty welding and machine shop services.

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2 months ago

Austin Machine

It’s curious sometimes karma does things. About 3 weeks ago I was showing a customer that was broke down a picture of this highly modified shaft from a Dredge that I created on short notice when the Dredge had become disabled last Nov 1. So now fast forward to Tues Sept 29 and I get a call that the Dredge is back in Maine and has blown its transmission and the replacement transmission is different . The connection on one end is different , the shaft I built last year is now too short and without power once again it’s a matter of time before it sinks .... again! Oh joy . ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Austin Machine

I seem to be stuck on the fix & repair channel lately so here is one more just finished job before I switch back to the driveshafts & gear channel. A tree chipper with broken bottom feed roll shaft. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Austin Machine

Sometimes tough love is the only way ! Any body that knows me knows I work a problem in steps and do what’s necessary to do what’s needed and not damage what we are trying to fix . This is the case here repairing a newly painted crane boom with messed up winch drum and majorly stuck pivot pins... did I mention fresh paint ? ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Austin Machine

The most rewarding part of my work is being able to help someone sort out an ongoing problem so that a project can finally be completed and work correctly. This is the case here , I was able to help Neal sort through endless geometry driveline issues and last night he was able to drive his kick ass vintage jeep pickup with out it shaking it self apart! Win ! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Austin Machine

Well almost 4 months of social distancing has flown by since I posted. I truly hope you all have preserved and have been well . As for myself I’ve been the regular amount of socially distant because all I do is work in my shop , so it’s not any change really. What I didn’t realize is I had been SOCIAL MEDIA DISTANCING . So I’ll try to catch up . Work has been chugging along in the shop and here are a few machine shop pic heavy repair jobs that were entertaining, I hope you enjoy. More to follow. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

Austin Machine

I would like to say a few words about Austin Machine’s plans and out look about the current Covid 19 crisis. I will be open for business more or less as normal. I am a 1 man shop but I am also a care giver for my elderly parents who live in my house. For obvious reasons I will be taking simple common sense actions during this period to help combat the spread of this virus and I would strongly urge everyone to do so as well. One of which is ...During this time as I said I am open for business, but business only. I do not want anyone to drop by to hang out and have a coffee or is bored and wants to see what I’m up to and stand around and talk. Sorry but that’s the way it has to be for a while until this thing passes and it will! Here is a hydraulic cylinder repair from a few weeks ago . Austin Machine 490-1500 ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago

Austin Machine

Happy Customer Brian Bardwell holding his OE Dodge Driveshaft that I just straightened and balanced. Please check out a more complete description of this job on the 2 follow up vids below. Enjoy thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Customer Brian Bardwell holding his OE Dodge Driveshaft that I just straightened and balanced. Please check out a more complete description of this job on the 2 follow up vids below.  Enjoy thanks!

9 months ago

Austin Machine

Original equipment drive shaft rescue#1 Examination & straightening of a OE Dodge Driveshaft that a customer wanted to re use if possible to keep the correct style & construction of driveline under his car . ... See MoreSee Less

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The photo below is Chip Austin’s family gun store circa 1965

Left to right, Louis Austin ( grandfather),  Sandi Austin (sister),  Chip Austin, Bob Austin behind counter ( Chip & Sandi’s Dad).  Other person unknown…