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Broom and Wade, maker of air compressors and pneumatic tools, of High Wycombe.
1899 Company founded by Harry Skeet Broom to make woodworking machinery for the furniture industry
1907 Maker of "paraffin wagons"
1909 Heavy Oil motor wagon built for South America 
1909 Supplied tractor (one of 3 competitors) for War Office trials to see whether heavy tractors were suitable for field service
1910 Exhibited band-saw at Olympia; several were said to be in use in the High Wycombe area
1912 Exhibited air compressors for pneumatics at Olympia
1920 A range of motor-driven geared air compressor. 
1928 Moved from Desborough Works into larger premises
1935 Public company.
1937 Air compressors, pneumatic tools. "Broomwade" Pneumatic Tools. 
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
WWII Made about 1100 Churchill tanks as well as compressors, etc for use by other manufacturers
1961 Manufacturers of air compressors (portable and stationary) pneumatic tools and paint spraying equipment. 1,750 employees. 
1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Garage equipment. 
1968 Announce the completion of a programme of modernisation and extension. Air compressors and pneumatic tools.
1968 Merger of Broom and Wade and Holman Brothers, with the encouragement of the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, to form the International Compressed Air Corporation, with principal tradenames Broomwade, Holman and Maxam
Memories of Broom and Wade by Pete Williams
"I left school in 1961. My first job was at '584 garage' (Cole and Kirby) on Kingsbury roundabout, London, NW9.
The company had a contract with Broom and Wade, to supply both Ford Diesel engines and also to fit Martin Walker power-transfer boxes to Ford commercial chassis cab lorries - to enable the lorry engine to drive either the vehicle or the rear mounted compressor - which we also delivered to high Wycombe.
The fitting of the power take offs to the first type of Ford, which, at the time when I started work with the company, was mainly carried out by a fitter named Syd(ny) Curtis, was quite a lengthy operation, involving the drilling of the chassis side-rails, to enable the rear axle to be re-located some 2 feet further back.
The later type of Ford, was a much simpler vehicle to convert. Merely involving the drilling and fitting of an extra chassis cross-member (fitted with angle brackets all bolted together) to support the rear of the unit, the shortening of the prop-shaft, and cutting out a hole in the floor to accommodate the control lever- a short prop shaft, fitted between the gearbox and the PTO, was part of the supplied Martin walker kit.
I was (at the age of sixteen and a half) promised a pay rise to £5.00 per week, if I could install a power takeoff in less than the working day.
I remember the operation, quite well especially as the later chassis- cab was the first four wheeled vehicle I ever moved under its own power.