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Pollock and MacNab

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Long bed lathe in Taranaki, New Zealand
January 1902.
1905. Pipe flange drilling machine.
1905. Vertical boring machine.
1905. Radial drilling and tapping machine.
1905. 6 ft radial drilling machine.

Pollock and MacNab of Britannia Works, Hyde, and later Bredbury, Stockport were machine tool makers

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

1866 Business established.

c.1872: 16 HP horizontal engine for Greenfield & Stewart’s sawmill, Wellington New Zealand [2]

1879 Advert in The Argus, Melbourne, 5 July 1879, for Roberts, Morris and Deakin, agents in Victoria for Pollock & MacNab, offering horizontal engines, with cylinders 11"-28" bore, lathes with centres 7½" to 16", shaping, slotting and planing machines.

1888 Two beam engines for Alma Road Pumping Station, Ponders End.[3]

1911 Boring and Surfacing Lathes; Radial drills. [4]

1911 Manufacturer of Machine Tools for the Railways.[5]

1919 Company reincorporated as Pollock and MacNab (1919) Ltd

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. [1] Online copy of Wellington Independent, Issue 3426, 19 February 1872
  3. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 8: Greater London & South East‘, by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  4. Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham.
  5. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911