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  • Looking for the "Ingenious Mechanisms" Book

    I would like to buy a copy of the 4 volume set of "Ingenious Mechanisms For Designers & Engineers". Travers lists it new at $84. I tried all the used book sources on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and they all want more for the used set than Travers wants for a new set. Also some of the used sources list it as a 2 volume set and I was wondering if an earlier edition only came as a 2 volume set or if it is really only two of the four volumes. Any advice

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    See if your local library can find them on another library's inventory and arrange to visit there of ship to you. I had a set I bought for $0.50 and all the stuff is really ancient. Then only thing I liked was the Deadbeat Escapement, as I enjoy clocks. I gave them away. Given the choice to buy again? No Way, unless @ $.050 and I know someone who wants them.
    gvasale

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    • #3
      I have a three volume set copywrited 1951 that I got from my dad's books when he passed away. Now I too am wondering is there a fourth book to this set or did the series grow over time.

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      • #4
        I'm fairly sure MSC carries this set of books.

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        • #5
          He is a thought - buy it from Travers if they already have the best price.

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          • #6
            There are four volumes.
            The first two were done by Jones, Volume 3 was done by Horton and Volume 4 was done by Newell and Horton in 1967 ISBN 0-8311-1032-5
            Same format as the rest.
            Every so often they are released on special by various companies. I had problems getting a decent full set at a reasonable price so I plumped for a new reprint set from J&L when they had them on offer.

            John S.
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            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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            • #7
              I have a 4 vol. set of these books. I believe I used them once in perhaps 25 years. If I had to design material handling mechanisms they might be useful. A book that I do find very useful is Mechanical Details For Product Design-edited by Douglas C. Greenwood - McGraw Hill 1964. Another more recent and excellent book of the same type is Mechanisms & Mechanical Devices Sourcebook - Nicholas P Chironis -McGraw Hill 1991.

              If you are an inventor or designer those 4 volumes might be of some use but as gvasale states their info is so ancient. Modern control and operating devices have made obsolete much of the data in the book.
              O

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              • #8
                I also have a set of these books and I have never used them ! They are neat to look at but a lot of the stuff in them isn't practical.There are some web sites you can go to however such as the U.S.patent office archives that have some useful info.
                I just need one more tool,just one!

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                • #9
                  Oscar, John
                  I too have these. I paid Canadian money for them so they are worth more - yeah,right...

                  Interesting to read at times, but not as much fun as ripping apart a mechanical cash register and then putting it back together again.

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                  • #10
                    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by crypto:
                    ...I believe I used them once in perhaps 25 years...A book that I do find very useful is Mechanical Details For Product Design-edited by Douglas C. Greenwood - McGraw Hill 1964. Another more recent and excellent book of the same type is Mechanisms & Mechanical Devices Sourcebook -Nicholas P Chironis -McGraw Hill 1991.</font>
                    Along the same lines is the excellent Artobolevky seven-book series "Mechanisms in Modern Engineering Design" from Russia, and also a Lindsay book "507 Mechanical Movements".

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