18th century gear-cutting machine
Eighteenth century gear-cutting machine

This gear-cutting machine dating from c. 1770 was used to cut the gears for Arkwright’s waterframes. The precisely positioned markers on the brass disc ensured the accuracy of its operation.

The machine was recovered from an Arkwright mill and has kindly been loaned to Masson Mills. The gear-cutting machine was, amazingly, still in use until 1960! It was last used to cut the gears for Manchester Cathedral Clock. The age and provenance of this highly accurate machine suggest that it could have been used by Arkwright to cut the gears for his waterframes.