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Thomas Shanks and Co

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1847.
Slot drilling machine for cutting slots for cotters in engine connecting rods, etc.
Drilling machine with four spindles. Friction drive
January 1872.
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c1890. Slotting Machine. Exhibit at the Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life.
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1903. Planer with electric drive.
1903. Slotting machine.
1909. Motor driven lathe.
1909. Turbine casing boring machine.
1909. Radial drilling machine and slotting machine.
1909. Vertical and horizontal planing machine.
Thomas Shanks lathe made for John Brown and Co. Centre height 102 inches, diameter of faceplate 15 feet. Note size of man in photograph. Described in article in Engineering magazine, 25 March 1910.
1910. High speed vertical drilling machine.
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Planing and Milling Machine.

Thomas Shanks and Co of Johnstone were machine tool makers.

1843 Screws made by them.

1866 Planing punching and plate-bending machines to Japan. W. and A. McOnie made the 60-hp engine, shafting and boilers. The steam hammers for the same place are made by Glen and Ross.

1888 Boiler-making Plant. Article and illustration.

1911 Heavy quadrupled geared double-bed lathe.

1928 the machine tool business was acquired by Craven Brothers; the staff transferred to Reddish where the products were manufactured.


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