Graham & Normanton were a long-established firm based in Halifax who made a range of machine tools including lathes and shapers. The Company eventually merged with a group that included Broadbent & Schofield the combined operation being run from Mytholmroyd at Hebden Bridge and known as the "Broadbent Machine Tool Company". By 1979 the business was bankrupt with the remains being purchased by Brooke Tool Engineering (Holdings) Ltd.
Factored in the UK by the well-known machine-tool merchants Selson, Graham & Normanton shapers were offered in four sizes with ram travels of 14", 18", 24" and 28". All followed a common design and could be equipped with either a standard box table (with T-slots on all three sides) or one that revolved. To fit the ordinary table the makers offered a low-profile machine vice on a rotating base and a special rotating and tilting top. The tool box could be fitted with a vertical power feed (though how this was arranged is not known).
Power feed worked in both horizontal directions and could be used with the front support casting in place, this being fitted with a horizontal trough into which locations on the table front fitted.
Chilled, machined and then hand scraped, the top, V-edged ways took a ram that was centrally driven with its top clamp plate serrated to ensure a positive drive. Nine rates of ram speed were available, these being set at a level appropriate to the particular model. Drive came from a rear-mounted motor, using either V-belts or a "silent chain" for the initial drive to the clutch-controlled gearbox.
Graham & Normanton shapers were heavily built with even the the smallest model weighing 1.25 tones and the largest almost 4.
If you have a Graham & Normanton machine tool or any literature about the Company and its products, the writer would be interested to hear from you.