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American Lathe Builders: 1810-1910

Kenneth L. Cope

American Lathe Builders: 1810-1910 by Kenneth Cope

Once again, Ken Cope has produced a major new reference work that broadens our range of understanding of the history of technological innovation. This is the first book to identify American lathe builders operating throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Written in the style of the author's previous groundbreaking books on the machine tool industry, this volume provides the collector, user and researcher with invaluable information on over 330 lathe builders, many of whom have previously gone unrecognized by researchers.


More than a thousand illustrations, taken from original catalogs and periodicals, trace the development of the American metal cutting lathe from the crude, hand-built models of the early 19th century to the fast, powerful models introduced in the early 20th century for use with high speed steel cutting tools. Dozens of early lathe accessories, such as gear-cutting attachments, are also identified and illustrated for the first time. In addition, the book contains a glossary of terms used in describing the various lathes. Over 1000 illustrations

204 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 2001
Order Number: AP999..........$24.95

"Provides the reader with information on more than 30 makers of planers with more than 1000 valuable illustrations." — Sn3 Modeler
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