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Seneca Falls Victor Foot Powered Scroll Saw

This heavy duty scroll saw is 60" high, with a table height of 39", to allow the operator to stand and pedal with one foot or sit on a stool and use both feet. The saw frame has a 24" throat. A heavy 24" diameter cast iron base supports an attractive cut out column. The intricate saw frame is cast in one piece, as is the pedestal with flywheel supports. The saw is marked "VICTOR", "SENECA FALLS MFG CO", "SENECA FALLS, NY", and "PAT June 12, 1877 and Jan 6, 1885". The 1877 patent was granted to George Lewis, founder of Seneca Falls Mfg Co. In 1877, he was selling his "BOSS" scroll saws under the name "Lewis Bros" in Seneca Falls. The 1877 patent covered the unique hollow ball table mount and the saw clamp. The 1885 patent of Ansel Ball covered the blade tension adjustment and the dust blower.

The machine is in good operating condition, with new belts and wood. It has a very old silver repaint job. The original color was black.

The 1885 patent illustration of Ansel Ball.

1885 Seneca Falls Mfg Co. catalog Text and illustration.

The drill attachment and dust blower

Rear frame attachment for drill pulleys

The ball and socket mount for the tilting table. The 15 1/4" table is fitted with a large ball that is held in a socket with hinged jaw and clamping bolt.

The 10" balance wheel. Note the V-belt. This is one of the earliest uses of a "Patent V-belt", as mentioned in the 1885 Seneca Falls catalog. The leather V-belt on this machine had deteriorated and has been replaced with a modern automotive belt (1/2" by approx 92"). The drive wheel on the opposite side has two holes for attaching the pitman to change the stroke length.

Closeup of the saw frame.

The replacement oak connecting rods are fitted with oil impregnated bronze sleeve bearings at both ends. A 24" diameter flywheel has a V groove for the drive belt and a round groove for the drill belt

Cutting the curved side of a starling trap. I had hoped to use this saw to cut out the artificial barn swallow nest cups, but the table doesn't tilt anywhere near the required 25 degrees for the nests. It was designed primarily for making bevel cuts for inlay work, popular in the late 19th century.

Drilling for an interior cut. The small chuck will barely hold a 3/16" drill bit. Either a 1/8" blade can be used for inside cuts or the hole can be enlarged for a 1/4" blade. Removing the blade before drilling applies more power to the drill, rather than to the blade return spring. The drill turns surpisingly fast, but I find it rather awkward to use. However, the 19" clearance between drill and saw frame is impressive, compared to my largest hand cranked drill press. The new round leather drive belt works quite well, but will likely have to be shortened once after some heavy use. There is some adjustment on the drill frame mount, but, I think I have already taken it up.

The blade One original blade is included. I make blades from pieces of a band saw blade. Blades wider than 1/8" require grinding the back away at each end as shown in the photo -(The top blade is the original, the bottom blade is a segment of a band saw blade). Precision is not required. Also, I have played with blade length to vary the tension. The normal length is 8". The thumb nut operated blade clamps work very well. I've never had a blade come loose and changing blades only takes several seconds.

Price: sold
Buyer must pick up in Maryland. The machine can safely be stored until your next trip East.

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