178. Contrivance for varying the speed of the slide carrying the cutting tool in slotting and shaping machines, etc. The driving-shaft works through an opening in a fixed disk, in which is a circular slot. At the end of the said shaft is a slotted crank. A slide fits in the slot of the crank and in the circular slot; and to the outward extremity of this slide is attached the connecting-rod which works the slide carrying the cutting tool. When the driving-shaft rotates the crank is carried round, and the slide carrying the end of the connecting-rod is guided by the circular slot, which is placed eccentrically to the shaft; therefore, as the slide approaches the bottom, the length of the crank is shortened and the speed of the connecting-rod is diminished.