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US Patent: 427,404
Bandsaw mill
Albert Cunningham - Milwaukee, WI

USPTO Classifications:
83/816, 83/818

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : bandsaws : band sawmills
woodworking machines : sawmills : band sawmills


Filer & Stowell Co. - Milwaukee, WI

John Hurley
Charles L. Goss

Patent Dates:
Applied: Apr. 16, 1889
Granted: May 06, 1890

Reissue Information:
Reissued as RE11,203 (Nov. 24, 1891)

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"Vintage Machinery" entry for Filer & Stowell Co.
D. C. Prescott's 1910 monograph, "The Evolution of Modern Band Saw Mills for Sawing Logs", says, "(In 1886) The Filer & Stowell Co., of Milwaukee, Wis., flattered themselves into believing that other machinery builders did not really understand just how a Band Mill for sawing logs should be built, nd being perfectly cognizant of the difficulties experience and of the remedy to be applied, they designed and brought out and advertised the Cunningham Inclined Mill... For a unique organization this mill took the cake. The idea of it was good, and it should have been a winner, but for some reason it was not. They built and sold quite a number of them, and then later they changed to a more sensible kind of a mill.

"As will be observed, this mill inclined to the rear twenty or more degrees, with the result that the saw would enter a log like a circular saw, cutting under in a manner similar to the circular instead of straight down across the grain as band saws usually do. It was understood that a circular could do straight work and very much more daily than was possible with a band saw. It was, therefore, quite natural to suppose that if a band mill could be constructed so as to operate substantially like a circular with equal advantages, then there appeared no reason why it should not do as good work if not quite so much. At all events it was expected that this mill would do more work and better work than any of its predecessors. But it did not, and proved to be quite a nuisance as it required about six men to place the saw on its wheels every time they were changed; and the mill went out of use."

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