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US Patent: 1,965,015
Dual Control for Shapers
William A. Walker - Torrington, CT

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Tool Categories:
metalworking machines : machine tool controls
metalworking machines : metal shapers

Hendey Machine Co. - Torrington, CT

Not known to have been produced

none listed

Patent Dates:
Applied: Aug. 20, 1932
Granted: Jul. 03, 1934

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This invention relates to an improvement in shapers and more particularly to a dual control for the operation of the various elements of the machine.

In the design and construction of shapers it has been customary to place the control levers and handles on the right hand side of the machine as it has always been assumed that the operator would desire to work from this side.

This contention is correct under ordinary conditions where the tool is traveling toward left of the machine and away from the operator or where the operator stands at the front of the machine, facing the cutting tool.

There are many operations wherein it is advantageous for the operator to watch the cutting of the tool from the left hand side of the machine. One operation in particular is that of undercutting with a substantial length of stroke of the cutting tool. Other operations are those of forming which requires the operator to follow a scribed line of contour.

In performing operations of this character it has been necessary for the operator to pass from the left of the machine to the right hand side, in starting or stopping the machine or to make necessary adjustments of the feed controls and the engaging or disengaging of these controls.

Accordingly, the object of my present invention is to provide a shaper with dual controls, conveniently arranged within the range of reach of the operator and on the opposed sides of the machine and whereby the operator will have complete control of starting, stopping or adjusting the elements regardless of which side of the machine it may be necessary or desirable to work from.

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