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The lumber is placed between two feed rollers, which feed it to the saw. The feed can be made slow or fast, as the operator may desire, by the cone pulleys on feed rolls. These rollers are self-adjusting to thick, thin, or uneven lumber. The saw can be instantly set to or from the auge to any width desired.
With this machine, one man can do the work of three using the old hand saw. Unskilled operators can do the work rapidly and truly. Unlike the hand saw, the work is as true and square as that done by steam or water power saws, and is as easily dressed with the plane. An operator with ordinary strength and endurance can easily rip (line measure) 600 feet of one inch pine per hour or 6000 feet in ten hours. By changing the feed to correspond with thickness or hardness of the lumber, hickory, maple, ash, oak, walnut or cherry can be sawed with ease, the speed varying from 150 to 600 feet per hour. These are not rates given that a man can only follow for a few minutes, but actual day work rates that a man can follow from day to day. Taking into consideration the greater amount that can be sawed and the smoothness and trueness of the work, a saving of from 3 to 8 dollars per day can be made above the hand saw with this machine.
Builders find it valuable and lumber dealers are using them in their yards to size lumber to fill orders of customers. They prove very profitable also, in edging-up lumber with wane or bark edges; also for taking out heartwood of wide boards, thus raising the grade and market value of lumber otherwise sold for "culls". The machine is strong, well made, and durable, and we warrant it to the extent of the preceeding statements.
From the 1885 catalog of W.F. & John Barnes Co., Rockford, Il.
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