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We have a Wood Trimming machine purchased of your firm nearly ten years ago. It has done us good service, and is still in fair condition. We want an-other, and would like to know what you have to offer us in this line, as we presume there have been some improvements. S. C. H AYES & Co., 

TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

These people are right in assuming that there have been improvements in Universal Trimmers since they bought, although at that time the machine sold them was considered as being superior to any which preceded it, but our present Universal Trimming Machine (shown and described on pages 752 and 753) is just as far in advance of it, as can be well imagined. In fact, we are con-strained to believe that we have about reached the height of perfection in a Trimming Machine, and it is quite unlikely that improvements of any importance will ever be made on this type of machine.

It doesn't always take ten years to bring about radical improvements. In many kinds of machines there have been very few improvements within as long a period even as ten years, whilst in others the improvements have been revolutionary. For example, when we printed page 861 of this catalogue less than four months ago, we were convinced that the Twist Machine (Fig. 3989) was the best machine in the market for this class of work. The ink was hardly dry on this page, when our attention was called to a new machine that had been brought out during the past few months, and intended for the same class of work. The makers of this machine claim that it will do more work than the other, will do smoother and better work, will do work that can-not be done on any other (for example, the double or open twist shown in right-hand side of cut), and that the gauges and feeds are simpler and much more easily handled. We visited two furniture factories in which these machines were in use, and the manufacturers' claims were substantiated by the operators at both factories.

Prices are almost alike, and so we have concluded to take up this machine in place of the other.


Until recently I have been buying the

Co's Emery Wheels, but

your Emery Wheels discount them by 90 and 90 and 90 per cent To be honest, the man who pays the freight on

emery wheels made by the —Co.

wastes his money very foolishly, if he knows where he can buy any other kind. I know whereof I speak.

—, Petersburg, Va.

This gentleman is very positive, but just the same, his statement is foolish. We believe that we are in a position to know a great deal more about Emery Wheels than he. The Co.

have been competitors of ours for many years, and they know how to make good Emery Wheels. It is altogether likely that he has been unfortunate enough to get wheels from them that were absolutely unsuited for his work. We have no doubt but that, if he had stated the

circumstances to the - Co.,

they would furnish wheels suitable for his work.


"We are about to purchase a 24 inch Double Surface Planer. What have you to offer? Our foreman says that the S. A. Woods Co. make the only good Planers in the market. Please make us prices on these and others.

F. C & Co., Beloit, Wis.

This foreman must be a partisan worth having. We are certain that S. A. Woods & Co. themselves would not care to make so broad a statement. They might say their Planers were first-class machines —which is the case, they might say their Planers were the best— which is not the case, but they certainly would not affirm that theirs were the only good Planers.

There are many first-class Planers in the market: J. A. Fay & Co., Wither-by, Rugg & Richardson, C. B. Rogers, Frank H. Clement, Bentel & Margedant, John A. White, and three or four others make first-class Planers (to say nothing of the Planers which we catalogue), and we believe that one who buys any of the foregoing will have little to regret.

These manufacturers are reputable business men. Their money is invested in shops and tools, and it would be in-deed strange to suppose that they have been making Planers for twenty or thirty years and have not yet learned to make good ones.

And Baxter D. Whitney —we haven't forgotten him. Here is a Whitney "Ad." taken from the American Mach-

Planer Talk.

Baxter O. Whitney

makes better planers than any other making wood-working machinery and stands ready to prove this to your entire satisfaction.

inist. It reads pretty boastful, but we are disposed to believe that Mr. Whitney can prove his claims. Everything has two sides, and the "off" side of the Whitney planers is the price. If we wanted to buy a 24 inch Double Surfacer to be used in our own shop, and our means were ample, we would pay 5— possibly 10 —per cent more for the Whitney planer, but at the time of writing, this planer sells at about 60 per cent more than several other first-class makes of Planers, and we cannot persuade ourselves that it is worth any-thing like the difference.