The machines and various technical manuals

Some terminology

Code words:

The various code words used for purchasing machines and accessories are a consequence of how Western Union charged for telegrams. It seems they charged based upon the amount of content sent, (unknown if fees were based upon number of characters or number of words). Sending a telegram must have been rather expensive, or else it would not have mattered (when puchasing a relatively expensive machine).

Machine model conventions:

At some point, an industry-standard naming convention must have become common practice; the convention seems to have been to have the machine take the form [size]-[model]. Thus, a P1-2 or 1-22 is the smallest size, while a P2-2 or 2-28 is larger, and a 3-48 machine would be very large indeed. Further details regarding any common characteristics, or dates of usage would be appreciated.

Preliminary artwork:

Some of the 1930s brochures are duplicated in two separate form factors. One is an oversized version, the other is a version with mixed sized fonts, and has been cut down to be 8.5 inches x 11 inches. The latter is presumed to be preliminary artwork, and is (where noticed) marked as such.

Product brochures & catalogs

The machine brochures are organized by type - click on an image to get more detail) and then chronologically within the type. They are also organized by date of publication below.
See the company history page for photos of machines which work wood (Basket making, Gang Saws). The various machine tool type categories are:

Product brochures & catalogs

In Approximate chronological order

Heavy duty mills, 1959 Form 2771-C
No. 4 Surface Grinder, 1901 Plain Face Surfaces Grinders, 1901
No. 1 Engraver, 1902 No. 1 Engraver, erecting and operating instructions 1902
Cutoff 2-B, 1915Cutoff 2-E, 1915
Fuse Router 8-C, probably pre-1920 Planer 10-B, pre-1924
Oversized Engravers catalog (10.5" x 13") 1925. 237 pages, with secondary blank heavy duty covers at front and back. The cover image is from a copy which appears to have been in an archive of some sort. The rest of the images are from a different copy of the catalog which is believed to be a printers proof copy, as there is a faint penciled in "3/12" on the inside front cover, and a correction (in pencil) to page97. Cutter Grinders brochure from 1927 - also 10.5" x 13"
Model 3-H tire engraver, 1927 Model 3-X engraver, 1927
Cutter grinders brochure, 1930. This is the first of a number of brochures with rather strange form factors. Multiple fonts were used, possibly by accident, as this had to be folded in an odd fashion, and the normal [presumed] borders at the edges are missing. This was probably a sample/proof brochure. Model 3-A engraver, 1930. The full oversized version of the brochure. The 3-A was for engraving on flat surfaces only, with a small target engraving area
Model 3-D engraver, 1930. The full oversized version of the brochure. The 3-D was for engraving on flat surfaces only, with a large target engraving area Model 3-G engraver, 1930. The full oversized version of the brochure. The 3-G was for engraving on flat and spherical surfaces, with a small target engraving area
Model 3-J engraver, 1930. The full oversized version of the brochure. The 3-J was for engraving on flat and spherical surfaces, with a large target engraving area Cutter grinders brochure, 1930 This is a production version, 10" x 13" of the smaller brochure, but with consistent fonts.
Typewritten notes about the 3-D pantographs of the time (3-B and 3-L) Since they are not in brochure form, they presumably are copies of the content which went into a later brochure about the 3-D machines. Model 3-K Matrix, 1930s
Model 3-K Matrix, 1931, oversized brochure, form 1242 Model 3-S die cutter. Note the lack of borders and multiple fonts in use. 1930s
Model 3-R roll engraver. A really big machine. 1930s A pantograph reduction diagram, 1930
Universal Mills, 1932 Portable engravers (prototype), 1932-1933
Portable engravers, 1933 Copy catalog, 1934
Duplicators, 1934 Accessories, 1934
9J Mill brochure, 1934 Duplicators, 1935
Duplicators supplement, 1935 Pantographs (2-dimensional), 1935
Pantograph samples of work, 1935 Superspeed Mills, 1936
Cutters and accessories, 1936 Samples of work, 1937
Accessories, 1937 Superspeed mills, 1938
Accessories, 1940, form 1317-B Accessories, 1940, form 1317-G
Superspeed mills, 1942 Form 1400b General catalog, 1943 Form 1655a
General catalog, 1943 Form 1655b General catalog, 1944 Form 1655c
Spitfire Eletrical Arc Etchers, 1943 Form 1635b Pantographs, 1943 Form 1580a
Die and Mold Duplicators, 1944 16-B Swiss Automatic, 1945
Gorton Guide Book, 1946 Type, 1947 Form 1309C
Type, 1947 Form 1309D Type, 1947 Form 1309E
P1-3 Three dimensional pantograph, 1948 Form 2233A P1-3 Ratiobar pantograph, 1948 Form 2310
P1-3 Ratiobar pantograph, 1948 Form 2310A Horizontal 2-28B mill, 1948
Accessories, 1949 Form 1317L Accessories, 1949 Form 1317M
General catalog, 1950 Form 1655-H Milling machines, 1950 Form 1400-F
Heavy Mills, 1950 Form 2321-A
Tracer Controlled Duplicators, 1951 Tracer control, 1951
3-34 and 3-48 Mills, 1954 Form 2407B P2-3 Supplement, 1954 Form 1580G
Pantographs, 1954 Form 1580-I Pantomills, 1954 Form 1580-N
Pantomills, 1954 Form 1580-R Mastermil, 1955
Tools and Accessories, 1956 Form 2720-A Tools and Accessories, 1956 Form 2720-B
(Only part of the brochure, actual title unknown)
Synchro-Trace 1-22 Mastermil, 1960 Form 3095 Tools and Accessories, 1961 Form 2720-C
General catalog, 1963 2-30 Vertical Mill, 1963
2-30 Vertical Mill, 1965 Form 3220-A Tapemaster Mill, 1966. The companies first NC machine?
General catalog, 1966 Drill Grinder model 100 (1960s)
Tracemaster 1-22 mill (1960s) 0-16 High Speed Vertical Mill, 1966 Form 3236
2-30 Tracemaster, 1967(?) Form 3387

Post Kearney & Trecker acquisition (dates are sometimes unknown)

Pantomills H60 machining center
General Catalog, 1968 Form 1655-M Auto Trace Master (2-30), 1968 Form 3330-A
1-22 Mastermil, 1969 Form 2699-H Postprocessing equipment for Tape Masters, 1968 Form 3405
Tape Master (2-30), 1968 Form 3331-C 3-48 Tape-Master, Form 3443-A
3-48 Auto Tape-Master, Form 3461 H-60 Milwaukee-Matic power flow diagram
H-60 Milwaukee-Matic Range and Reference N/C education using Tape-Master systems
H-100 Milwaukee-Matic, Form 3572
Small Tools and Accessories Form 2720-G 1-22 Mill head with Centrepoint N/C #100 system

Items with unknown dates of publication

A cutter grinder related document, Form 1448 Compound rotary table (tool number 1121) Form 2377-A
Vernac opticial vernier for 1-22 Mastermil, Form 3008 Quick Change Tool holder, Form 3129
Photos of the H-60 series, Form 3408 Programming Manual and Course Agenda, Form 3420-A


Here are a couple of photos of a prototype 3-D pantograph owned by a family member. It stands about 6 feet tall.

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