Our new lathe is a South Bend toolroom lathe. It is more suited for what we produce now in our shop, plus it has a lot more features that we wanted. Stay posted to see updates on it.
One of our readers sent us these pictures of what turned out to be an older Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee heavy duty wood shaper model 43-205 with serial number 78-2093. They were asking us to identify it so he could purchase the correct owner’s manual for it. This shaper is in good condition for it’s age. The serial number dates it to 1949. This was the biggest and heaviest wood shaper that Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee ever made, and it was modeled after their popular unisaw design.
This shaper model came out in the Delta catalog in 1940 as the model 1340. The wood shaper has a 27″ x 28″ table with the standard 3/4″ spindle. It accepts a total of six interchangeable spindles: 5/16″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ standard spindles, 1/2″ stub spindle and a 3/4″ extra long spindle. This shaper was advertised as having a wide range of shaper cutter sizes.
Delta-Milwaukee 1953 Catalog Pages on 43-205 & 1340 Wood Shaper
Below are some pages from the Delta-Milwaukee 1953 catalog about the 43-205 and 1340 wood shaper. We have the complete catalog and more on our FREE PDF Catalogs page. This shows more about how this shaper was marketed as well as the available accessories. In 1953, this wood shaper was sold new for $252.00, which is equivalent to $2,278.65 today. I’ve heard of guys picking these up for around $500 today, depending on the condition.
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ROCKWELL Older Heavy Duty Wood Shaper 43-205 & 1340 Operator’s & Parts Manual
We have the owner’s manual that came with this machine available below. It has a lot of nice pictures of the inner workings of the wood shaper, and with instructions on how to change the spindles. The manual has explosive diagrams of all the parts with parts numbers and descriptions, which helps when needing to restore this machine or find parts.
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My Machine by Pat Holbrooke
Found this at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. This poster was illustrated by Pat Holbrooke in 1944. It was in the section displaying the war effort and actions taken in St. Louis and Missouri during the time. I have a lot of respect for the veterans of WWII. My father is even a Vietnam veteran.
This Poster is For Sale:
While doing some research on this poster I found that Allposters.com is selling 18″ x 24″ and 24″ x 32″ versions of this poster
It would have been impossible to win the war without the machinist making weaponry and machinery for our brave soldiers.
My Machine . . .
This is my machine. Mine!
There are other machines but this one is mine.
It is a part of me – I am a part of it.
We are one.
Together we are forging the weapons of Victory –
Weapons that will strike the shackles from men who would be free-
As I am free!
With thy help, O Lord, I will bring forth the most and the best
That is possible from my machine.
It multiples the power of my hands – when my hands are on the job.
It does true work – when my brain is alert to control it.
It does not falter – unless I falter.
It does not stop – unless I forget.
In the lands of my enemies, slaves, under the whip,
Labor at machines.
But I am free!
I abide by my machine of my own free will.
No man is my master – no man my slave.
And this way is best.
By unfaltering example we shall prove it is best –
My machine and I.
By argosies of ships and tanks and planes,
In the only language the enemy understands,
We shall prove it.
This is our pledge – mine and my machine’s –
Till Freedom’s light comes on again.
Thank you to our veterans and people in service today.
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Check out our previous article on the new Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. manuals and catalogs.
We’ve added 19 new Cincinnati milling machine and tool grinder operator’s instruction, service, and parts manuals.
We’ve been busy in our shop, but we’ve found some time to scan in and clean up over 1,400 pages of Cincinnati milling machine and tool grinder manuals for you. They have been uploaded and are now available in the Cincinnati section.
We have instructions, service, and parts manuals for the different Dial Type horizontal and vertical milling machines, as well as the Nos. 1 and 2 cutter and tool grinders. We have instruction and parts manuals for the Cincinnati Dividing Heads, and some of the vertical milling attachments that Cincinnati made. We have more Cincinnati manuals to come in the future.
Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. 1926 Catalog Free PDF Download
Also we have a new Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. catalog that is now available in our Free PDF Catalogs download section. This Cincinnati catalog is 137 pages, and was printed in 1926. This is the oldest most comprehensive catalogs we’ve seen from the Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. A lot of care had to be taken into scanning this old catalog. Check it out, because we believe it was well worth it. It shows pictures of the old factory and laboratory facilities. It has all kinds of different mills and grinders that Cincinnati made at the time. This is great information to help you identify your old Cincinnati machinery, or to learn more about the evolution of their machinery.
We wrote an article on Cincinnati serial numbers. It can help you identify and date your Cincinnati machinery. It’s the most complete list we’ve collected, but if you have additional Cincinnati serial number information, please contact us. We’ll keep the list updated.
We have a whole lot more Cincinnati manuals that we haven’t had a chance to scan in yet. If you don’t see the Cincinnati manual you need listed below, feel free to contact us, and we may have it in our inventory. We literally have a few thousand more manuals in our inventory that we haven’t had a chance to get out yet. It takes a considerable amount of time to scan in and clean every page of these manuals to provide the best quality manual we can.
Here are the new Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. manuals that we recently added:
We have that manual here:
But it doesn’t show that grinder accessory ☺️