Machinery's Handbook
Industrial Press, Inc.

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This massive volume is the standard reference for anything built as machinery, primarily, of course, concentrating on metal and the various standards for parts, gearing, fastenings, etc.  It would be hard for any serious technical office to get along without it.  To get an idea of it's scope here are the major section headings each one of which could be a book in and of itself:

Strength of Materials
Properties, Treatment, and Testing of Materials
Dimensioning, Gaging, and Measuring
Tooling and Toolmaking
Machining Operations
Manufacturing Processes
Threads and Threading
Gears, Splines, and Cams
Machine Elements
Measuring Units

In our office we refer to this all the time.  It often saves us an enormous amount of time and study by providing a ready reference in one volume.  (2,788 pages, a great many tables, diagrams and techincal illustrations) (tm)

Machinery's Handbook  $150

Machinery's Handbook with CD  $240
Machinery's Handbook CD Only  #135
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