View Full Version : 1940s Machinery's Handbook

05-13-2003, 07:45 PM
This particular edition seems to be popping up on eBay a lot, for the beginner types is it worth the $10 to $15, or should we all save up our pennies and buy a new copy?


05-13-2003, 09:21 PM
Yep I have a 1951 version and it's all the same. the additions are with tool steels and other things that wheren't around back then.
But things like the speeds, feeds, bend allowances, threads, hole fits.
The new ones are better but the old ones are about 80% of what the new ones are.

Dr. Rob
05-14-2003, 02:21 AM
Just generally, I find that the older handbooks are crammed with incredibly solid info and machine shop techniques that are not available today. Then, it was more hands-on. Now, it's nuthin' but numbers. Have a couple from the 1930's. I call them Bibles.

Of course, some of the numbers do need to be updated, but still...A worthwhile read anyway. For ten bucks, it's worth it- you will learn something, anyway.

John Stevenson
05-14-2003, 03:39 AM
There are many copies around the 10 to 14 period as this covered WWII and many firms had to get into manufacturing.
These are still good copies.
IMHO anything up to 19 is good for the home shop guy.
After 19 some stuff was dropped to make way for modern machining.
Ironic though that MH never covered the R8 taper which is American in origin.

John S.

05-14-2003, 06:27 PM
Generally, I think the older copies are more relevant to a lot of us. I figure the machine tool technology in my basement and my machining practices are about 1950s vintage, so all the latest stuff is totally lost on me, anyway.

06-10-2003, 02:02 AM
I have a 1942,49,62,and81. version. they all pretty much say the same stuff.

06-10-2003, 11:21 AM
Content aside, there's another factor that may be relevant. I have only one which is the 25th ed., bought new 3 or 4 yrs ago. As thick as the things are, the binding seems subject to turning loose.
I'm wondering if maybe the older versions might be better bound? Can anyone comment on that?

06-10-2003, 11:35 AM
When I bought my '37 9" South Bend about 20 years ago it not only still had the original parts manual but also the classic "How to Run a Lathe", an excellent reference book. If you only had one book about lathe operation this would be it.