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Kendall and Gent

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c.1850 pipe facing machine on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. The large handwheel operates the vice jaws. The pipe is held stationary while the bevel gear-driven parting toolrotates. The small spoked wheel feeds the tool in. A stationary striker presumably contacts the protruding spokes to rotate the wheel automatically.
1867. Nut shaping (milling) machine.


1869. Brown's patent screwing machine.
April 1870.
June 1880.
1883. Cutter machine.
1884.Fairbairn's Screw Rolling Machine.
1885. Milling and slotting machine.
January 1888.
1900. Radial Drill and Vertical Milling machine exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
1900. Plano-Milling machine.
1901. Open Spindle Turret Lathe, shown at the Glasgow Exhibition.
1903. Milling Machine.
1903. Crank web, profiling and milling machine.
1905. Portable drilling machine.
1909. Universal plano milling machine.
1909. Bush and Face Grinder.
1910. Machine for Milling Locomotive Frame Plates.
1910. 10.5 inch turrett lathe.
1914. 5 ft radial drilling machine.
Victoria Works, Gorton, in the 1920s
1932. Large Heavy Duty Plano Milling Machine.
1934. Openside plano-milling machine.
November 1944
May 1947.
January 1948.
April 1948.
June 1948.
August 1948.
February 1952.
April 1952.
June 1952.
August 1952.
1960. Large plano milling machine for C. A. Parsons and Co.
1961. Plano Milling Machine.
Plano Milling Machine.

Kendall and Gent Machine tool makers, originally of Victoria Works, Springfield, Salford. In the 1890s they moved to a new works, also called Victoria Works in Belle Vue (Gorton), Manchester.

1849 Company established.

c.1850 Kendall & Gent machine for machining the ends of tubes up to 2" dia on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. See photo.

1873 (1 volume; in German) Illustrated sales catalogue.

1876 Details of their screwing machine with releasing motion. [1]

1897 New works built alongside Belle Vue Station, Gorton.

1900 Plano-milling machine and others at the Paris exhibition. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'. [2]

1901 Article about the new works in the American Machinist [3]

1904 Incorporated as a limited company.

1911 Produced a Break Lathe; screwing machine.

1914 Machine tool makers. Specialities: patent screwing and tapping machines, Dixon's patent radial drilling and tapping machines, milling machines, cutter grinding machines. [4]

1920 Public company.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with milling machines. [5]

1944 Name changed.

1960 The company built a massive 450 ton plano milling machine with a 70ft long bed for C. A. Parsons and Co. It was capable of machining components 35ft 6in long by 12ft wide and 9ft 6in high, weighing up to 100 tons. [6]

1961 Machine tool makers. [7]

1966 Acquired by Staveley Industries[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 17th November 1876 p349
  2. The Engineer of 7th September 1900 p237
  3. [1] American Machinist, 7 Feb 1901, pp.127-9
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. The Engineer of 24th September 1920 p295
  6. The Engineer of 29th January 1960 p166
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times, Feb 21, 1967
  • [2] Manchester Archives
  • Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham