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American Planer, Shaper
and Slotter Builders

Kenneth L. Cope

American Planer, Shaper and Slotter Builders by Kenneth L. Cope

Here is the first book to identify American builders of planers, shapers and slotters operating throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Written in the style of the author's previous groundbreaking books on the American machine tool industry, this volume provides the reader with invaluable information on over 300 makers. Some are very well known, but many have previously gone virtually unrecognized by researchers.


More than 1000 illustrations, taken from original catalogs and contemporary periodicals, show how these machines developed: starting out in the early 1800's as crude, hand-built copies of English machines and becoming, over the course of a century, monster machines weighing nearly one million pounds, unmatched elsewhere in the world.

Numerous machine accessories, such as chucks, dividing heads, milling attachments and keyseating attachments, among others, are identified and illustrated. In addition, the book includes a glossary of terms used in describing the various types of planers, shapers and slotters, and provides illustrations that help identify the individual parts of the machines.

208 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 2002
Order Number: AP049..........$24.95

"In the machine tool industry for 40 years, Ken Cope obviously knows what he is writing about." — The Gristmill

"For those who are interested in heavy metal removal machinery, this will be an invaluable source of information about those companies that took America into the Industrial Revolution." — The Workbench

" An exhaustive study of American tool builders. This comes highly recommended." — Shavings

"A fascinating read for those interested in the history of machines; the illustrations are the best bit!" — TATHS

"More than 1000 illustration plus a glossary of terms." — Old Stuff

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