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Edward G. Herbert

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January 1902.
1933.Heavy Duty Gate Sawing Machine.
1934. Olsen testing machine.
Rapidor saw.
Rapidor saw.
1951. Machine tool service. Sawing, testing and balancing equipment.
1960. Sawing machines, balancing machines and testing machines.

Edward G. Herbert of Cornbrook Park Tool Works, Manchester, and later Atlas Works, Chapel Street, Levenshulme, Manchester were makers of machine tools, icluding the well-known Rapidor power hacksaws.

1892 Company founded by Edward Geisler Herbert.

1900 July. Article and illustration of an Automatic Cutting-Up Machine for metal bars. (Edward G. Herbert of Cornbrook Park Toolworks, Manchester)

1902 Public company.

1913 Automatic bar saw described and illustrated. By this time the company was based at Atlas Works, Levenshulme, Manchester.[1]. This was presumably the factory previously occupied by the Atlas Engineering Co.

1920 April. Issued catalogue on metal-sawing machines and many others.

1920 - September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a radial sawing machine.

1926 - October. They appointed Inniss and Riddle, Town Hall Chambers, 86, New-street, Birmingham, to represent them in the Midlands.[2]

1926 - November. They appointed W. Crockatt and Sons to represent them in Scotland.[3]

1937 Machine tool and testing machine manufacturers. "Field-Foster" Testing and Balancing Machines. "Olsen" and "Olsen-Lundgren" Testing and Balancing Machines. "Rapidor" Sawing Machines and Hacksaw Blades.[4]

1940 Advert. Sawing and testing equipment.

1945 Advert. Machine tool service. Sawing, testing and balancing equipment.

1961 Engineers and machine tool makers specialising in sawing machines, testing machines and balancing machinery.[5]

Information about the company and Rapidor hacksaws, and photos of the Atlas Engineering Works (now demolished) on the website here

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] The Engineer, 17 Oct 1913
  2. The Engineer 1926/10/15
  3. The Engineer 1926/11/26
  4. * 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • The Engineer of 20th July 1900 p68
  • The Engineer of 30th April 1920 p438
  • The Engineer of 10th September 1920 p244
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p154
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p188