Having grown up in dutch country [central pennsy], I thought I knew a bit about Amish customs. Either I didn't or they changed...I had occasion to accompany a friend to an Amish tool and die shop and what I saw ranged from odd to ingenious. First off, the friendly owner was totally forthcoming with answers so I didn't feel like I was being obnoxious by asking *why*, but here's what I found; Machines are Ok, but electricity inside the building is NOT, so the nearly new Bridgport has a Briggs Quantum mounted in place of the original motor!-and there's a little step ladder there so you can climb up and give her a good pull when it's time to mill. Then there's a lot of turn-of-the-century machinery that's powered off a jackshaft that runs outside to some sort of industrial flathead 6 [continental maybe?]. There's a BIG KelloggAmerican air compressor outside that runs all manner of modified equipment from a shopvac with what looks like a smog pump driving the impeller [that somehow sucks quite well], to a bench grinder/belt sander combo that runs off what appears to be an old diesel starter motor-[air of course]. And my favorite-the phone is in a box on the pole outside the shop and when there's a call the folks inside the shop are notified via a solenoid operated airhorn. Strangely enough electric welding is Ok so long as it's outside the shop and things like calculators and DROs are Ok as long as they are battery driven-same goes for all the 18 & 24v DeWalt hand tools in the shop...I would have taken pics but I got the feeling it would not have been well recieved.