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Machine of the Month: Gear Shapers
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Gear Shapers

By John Alexander, Collections Technician Gear shapers are curious machines. They are straightforward in operation, but people often misunderstand because it’s hard to explain clearly. I hope this can help. […]

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Machine of the Month: Daniels Planer
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Daniels Planer

By John Alexander, Collections Technician Various pieces of wood in the structure of the Museum’s building show signs of being worked on an unusual type of planing machine. (I’ve found […]

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Glazier’s Points
Machine of the Month

Glazier’s Points

Things have changed so much. It used to be that all window frames were made of wood except some iron ones in industrial situations. Now, even wooden framed windows have […]

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Machine of the Month: Profile of our Profiler
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Profile of our Profiler

Written by John Alexander, Collections Technician This machine was found by Jamie Swan, a longtime friend of the Museum, in a shed near a swamp in Connecticut. It didn’t look […]

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Machine of the Month: Brown & Sharpe Universal Mill
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Brown & Sharpe Universal Mill

Written by John Alexander, Collections Technician • jalexander@americanprecision.org My choice of this machine was confirmed right away. I looked in a box of books sitting next to my desk and […]

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Machine of the Month: Barnes Lathe (and other machines)
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Barnes Lathe (and other machines)

Written by John Alexander, Collections Technician The sight of an old catalog for Barnes lathes led to this month’s article. The company was founded in 1872 as the W. F. […]

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Machine of the Month: The Hubbard Pump
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: The Hubbard Pump

Our Museum has deep connections to this machine. In 1828 Asahel Hubbard patented the first gear pump. After starting to manufacture his pump in Proctorville, a nearby community, Hubbard was […]

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Machine of the Month: First Model Jones & Lamson Flat Turret Lathe
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: First Model Jones & Lamson Flat Turret Lathe

This all starts way back, and it starts here! After the Civil War (1865) American Precision Museum’s building became a cotton mill. It and the machine-making shops across Mill Brook […]

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Machine of the Month: Bryant Chucking Grinder Model 10 A
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Bryant Chucking Grinder Model 10 A

The Machine of the Month is Model Number 10 A, manufactured by Bryant Chucking Grinder of Springfield, VT. The Number 10 A introduced a unique method of moving the grinding […]

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Machine of the Month: No. 12 Lathe
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: No. 12 Lathe

Some visitors spend some time around this machine before they realize that it’s a lathe. That’s because we use the rear half of its bed as a bench to display […]

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