A simple method of quickly cross-cutting a log has long been required by those who have to do with unsawn timber. The time and trouble involved by the employment of two sawyers is a serious item in lumbering expenses, and even where a circular saw is available the log has perhaps to be removed from some distance to be placed upon the bench. The ingenious invention illustrated herewith essays to get over these timber-dealing difficulties, and after practically testing its merits we are able to say that it effectively does all that is claimed for it.
The merit of this contrivance mainly consists in the fact that every particle of power in the body of the operator is brought to bear on the work. The feet, hands, back, and even the weight of the man is brought to bear on the saw, whilst the operator sits in the saddle, with his feet upon the treadles and hands upon the lever, in a perfectly easy and natural position. The saw is driven by motions of the body so easy and natural that they are hardly felt, certainly not more than riding a horse. The principles of leverage employed in its operation afford a perfect application of power and the force is applied just “where it will be the most use.” Every “foot-pound” of power produces a foot-pound of good honest work.
The machine will saw logs of any size, the saw blade being five and a-half feet long and having a three and a-half foot stroke, back and forth, and cutting both ways. By means of the adjustable seat, the machine can be altered to suit any sized person, whether large or small, so as to be perfectly easy to operate, but it always maintains the same length of stroke. It is claimed for this invention that one person can easily and rapidly work it without stopping to rest, and that one man can saw more logs or wood in a day than two men can by the old way with the latest improved cross-cut saw. Several thousand machines now in use in America give perfect and entire satisfaction. The machine is made of the best seasoned ash, strongly put up and bound together with wrought-iron bolts and braces. It is therefore unlikely to break or get out of order.
One of the main reasons why sawing is done so easily with this sawing machine is that there is no side draught on the operator, the work being straight before him. The old way of pulling the saw out by his side is very trying, it being continually a great strain on the back; the operator has frequently to stop, stand up, and straighten to rest. Moreover, when two men saw logs in the old-fashioned way in the forest, they have to stop at each log to clear away the bushes, and cut down, perhaps, several saplings, before they can have room for two men to work. Then again they are often obliged to stand or kneel in mud, snow or water.
With this sawing machine the operator is always in a comfortable position, and requires no other person to help him, having only to work from one side of a log. With this machine logs can be cut in any position, whether they lie on level ground or on hillside; whilst the machine is so simple that any person of ordinary intelligence can understand and work it. The main charm about this new “sawyer” is that its cost is trifling considering the benefits derived; something like five guineas pays for this wooden hobby horse complete. Messrs. Churchill and Co.. of Wilson-street, Finsbury, E.C., are the importers and will readily supply further particulars.
The Cabinet Maker – (London) June 1st, 1881
– Jeff Burks