I can't give you a definite answer, but I know it is in written form as well
as available as a HUGE PDF file. In theory, you could use a translation
program on a modified PODF and translate much of it.
Joe Agro, Jr.
The Machinery's Handbook I've got (which is old) has both Metric and
"American" information. I'd think the rest of the world would conform to
one of those two "standards." Anything outside of that realm might be found
in similar books but would probably contain translation tabgles to Metric in
They might exist... But to find them, you would probably have to make
contact with someone in that particular area and ask.
Joe Agro, Jr.
The prototype for all of these compilations was the _American Machinist's
Handbook_, which was popular around the world until _Machinery's Handbook_
surpassed it in comprehensiveness, maybe around WWII. There were several
similar books published in other countries after 1910 or so.
We had someone here from Italy a year or two ago who was complaining that
there was no comprehensive handbook for machinists published in Italian.
This is a little surprising, because Italy's metalworking trades have a
strong engineering underpinning and their universities publish (or did)
white papers on metalworking technology all the time.
I was given the assignment in 1980 to update the _AM Handbook_, which hadn't
been updated at that point since 1955. They wanted market share back from
_Machinery's Handbook_. After a year of analyzing what would be required, I
told them not to bother. The work involved in making a *credible* update
that was as good or better than _MH_ would never pay off.
Machinery Publishing had an office over here as well, I have an issue 12 with
the original invoice to the buyer for about 5s 6d, less than half a dollar these
I have 11, 12 and 13 of the Machinery's Handbook, plus others like Lionel Marks
(early) and Baumeister & Marks Mechanical Engineers Handbooks, but the English
publishers like Newnes and Caxton didn't go into such detail in one book,
preferring to publish a series of smaller books instead, each specialising in a
Given the complexity of some of the information in _Machinery's
Handbook_, and the *strange* translations that I have seen from
translation programs, I would not trust any translation which came from
those programs for anything technical.
Peter A Forbes wrote in message
Hmm.I`ve got two Newnes Engineers Reference books both thicker than
Machinery and I think they have more info applicable to Britain than
Machinery for the same years.I use them and old Machinery Handbooks
more than I use the newer ones.