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Barnes No. 4 Saw

Most Barnes No 4 saws were sold as hand powered machines, with line shaft versions also offered. This example likely was hand powered, but, if so, all parts of the hand and foot power mechanism have been removed. A 2 1/2" diameter by 3" wide crowned flat pulley can be belted to overhead shafting or to a motor on the floor, as here illustrated. The saw is complete with both extension tables, miter gauge and rip fence. Several old blades are include. Note: the saw has a 3/4" arbor, so you will likely have to bore out a 5/8" center hole to 3/4" to fit new blades. At least two websites offering quality saw blades will do this for a fee. One site charges $16 per blade. Amana Tool also offers reboring, but I didn't see the cost.

The sliding metal table insert is 1/2" thick. It allows use of a dado head and even wider cutters.

Lettering on the oval opening in the leg frame reads "BARNES No 4 SAW - WOODWORKER"

Lettering on the sides of the leg frame reads "W.F. & John Barnes Co. Rockford ILL USA" and two patent dates, Dec 21, 1886 for the sprocketed pulley and perforated flat belt, and Sept 24, 1886?.

rear view The table height is 37".

The table lifted to the raised position makes blade changing a snap.

Side view with table raised.

The fence swings out of the way when not needed.

The miter gauge swings 45 degrees in either direction.

The tilting table is raised by a hand crank. This only adjusts blade height! There is no provision for bevel cutting. Using smaller 7 1/2" or 8" blades allows safer blade height while keeping the table level.

The miter gauge covers the entire 28" width of the table. It's raised bridge clears a 10" blade with the table fully lowered

The outfeed table hooks onto the saw frame. It fits in either of two positions to the left or right. The infeed table similarly hooks onto the table, itself, thus the two tables are quite different. Both tables are 31" long and have a wooden roller at the end.

The saw set up for ripping. The total length with both extension tables is 102".

The electric motor is not included. While impressive looking, it is rated at only 1 hp and has seemed underpowered on every application over the years. The motor slowed down immediately when trying to cut wood with a rather dull blade, but the same blade cut fairly well when fit on a modern saw downstairs. The buyer of this saw will likely belt it to a line shaft and I would guess a minimum of 2 hp should be provided.

The table sliding insert removed, showing the long arbor for various accessories (not present).

The sprocketed flat pulley and arbor bearing. Critical alignment of the saw blade to the table is maintained by lateral adjustment screws on each bearing.

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