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Manufactured/Badged by:
Baxter D. Whitney & Son, Inc.
Winchendon, MA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Planer, Wood
Machine Size: Approx 20"
Submitted By: Jeff Joslin
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Whitney's first planer
Date of Manufacturer: 1846
Serial Number:
Last Updated 8/30/2005 12:00:00 AM

This planer is the first one ever made by Baxter D. Whitney. Chandler W. Jones book, "Planers, Matchers and Molders in America" says that this is the first "rotary surface planer", and it was invented in 1837 and brought to the market in 1846. I am not sure how Whitney's machine is thus distinguished from the admittedly cruder planers and planer-matchers made by Woodworth and others.

Thanks to Walt York of Newman-Whitney, who sent us this image.

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Source: Walt York
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