Other than that they were based in Hyde Park, Mass. and produced, from the late 19th into the early 20th centuries a wide variety of milling machines, accessories and cutters (under the Novo-Becker brand) little else is known about the Becker Milling Machine Company. If any reader has a Becker miller, sales catalogs, or other data, the writer would be very interested to hear from you.
Becker vertical milling machine of the type originally driven by a flat belt passing over a pair of jockey pulleys at the rear of the column. This example is in the UK.
An interesting, early-pattern Becker horizontal milling machine with fixed table and gear-driven elevating head. With flat belts unable to transmit decent amounts of power without being either abnormally wide or run at speed, Becker's solution was to use a gear-driven spindle. Supported at both end, the overarm and cutter arbor were, for the time, a most rigid assembly.
Front view of outboard support for overarm and cutter arbor
Rear of overarm and arbor support
Front of spindle head
Table feed mechanism: a design used on many makes and types of milling machine for decades the drive came
from a flat-belt 4-step come pulley and through worm-and-wheel reduction gearing
Table-feed pulley set and drive gearing
Table-feed mechanism with guards in place
Table-feed engagement lever and operating rod
Head elevation handwheel and micrometer dial
Coolant tank built into the base of the support column