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Manufactured/Badged by:
C. B. Rogers & Co.
Norwich, CT

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 36"
Submitted By: Dave Potts
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Bandsaw
Date of Manufacturer: 1883
Serial Number:
Last Updated 8/19/2003 10:25:06 PM

An auction at Blaisdell Lumber in Red Bank, NJ cleared out lots of vintage machinery except for this bandsaw perched up in the loft. The machine is exactly as the engraving posted in the OWWM archive depicts. It also seemed as if all the machine's parts were there. It'll need new tires and the yard's owner thought he remembered that the babbitt might be bad. Later, Bruce Blaisdell told me that the saw had been in his family since the 1930's, and in fact, his own mother cut off three fingers on the saw while working in the family business.

Once the saw came into daylight, I realized that this wasn't a rusty relic. In fact, the saw was painted in a deep forest green with throaty maroon highlighting and ocher-yellow pinstriping to set them off. The back of the saw still brandishes the size "0" markings in a similar paint scheme. A mild detergrent was used to clean away the grime and leave the paint intact. The paint looks incredibly good for a 130-year old machine.

The has also been some speculation about the types of wood used in these laminated tables. This appears to be to original table and it is 42" deep, 37" wide and 1-3/8" thick. The strips alternate between cherry and maple and are each 1-1/4" wide. This is not a tilting table, so other manufacturers may have varied sizes, I'm sure.

Photo 1:

Comments: The top wheel in position and the ad in the insert
Source: My driveway
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Photo 2:

Comments: The top wheel and laminated table
Source: Taken from Blaisdell's loft
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Photo 3:

Comments: The rear of the upper arm showing the blade tracking adjustment
Source: Taken from the loft
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