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Gage, Warner and Whitney

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of Nashua, New Hampshire, USA

Machine tool makers.

Partners: John H. Gage, David A. G. Warner and George Henry Whitney.

1896 Description of planing machine, focusing on the quick return mechanism using bevel gears of two different sizes on the table leadscrew.[1]

Writing in 1912, and old machinist recalled a Gage, Warner & Whitney planer: 'The architectural design was rather elaborate, but the machine designer was certainly abroad when the drawings were made (if there ever were any). We had more trouble to the square inch to make that planer behave than any other tool I ever saw. The platen was continually running off the track, and tipping endwise onto the floor. I finally made a sort of table at the end that prevented this. The elevating screw was in the center of the crossrail and after each raising it was necessary to set the crossrail parallel with the platen with a surface gauge. Of course, we changed it as seldom as possible, using long tools for the work.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Machinery, Dec 1896, p.114
  2. [2] 'Memories of an all-round machinist' by John J. Grant, American Machinist, 11 July 1912, p.75