Bramah sawing machine, c 1788.
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Machine for cutting slots in barrels of locks, made by Joseph Bramah. Bramah made numerous inventions, including a beer machine used at the bar of public houses, a safety lock which he manufactured in partnership with Henry Maudslay (1771-1831), and an ingenious machine for printing bank notes. Bramah invented a hydraulic pres for shaping pieces of iron and steel, considered one of the great instruments of the industrial revolution.