This Big Saw, Mfg. 1920

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D☼≈≈YmAc on May 10, 2010


This nine-foot (91 cm) band saw is among the largest log saws ever used in the sawmill industry. It weights over 38,000 pounds (17,236 kg) and has a blade that stretches over 56 feet (17 m) in length. This saw was used to cut Douglas Fir, White Fir and Ponderosa Pine logs up to ten feet (3 m) in diameter and thirty-two feet (9.7 m) in length. The lumber from just one of these giant logs would be enough to build two houses of about 1500 square feet (140 sq. meters).

The machine was manufactured by The Filer & Stowell Company in 1920 and put into service by The Tarter Webster and Johnson Lumber Company in Martel, California. For 70 years it was used to cut lumber that was loaded on to trucks and trains and shipped into the growing California housing market. The iron giant was finally retired in 1992 when the mill was rebuilt to cut smaller logs. Despite the age of the machine, it is in sound working condition. With a little grease it could go back to work any time, but our intention is to keep it on display here as a monument to the pioneers of the lumber industry.

angel l. filgueiras on May 12, 2010

It's huge!

John de Crom on May 28, 2010

Very beautiful picture Donny. Greetings John.

Péter Szulmann on June 6, 2010

Good picture! Greetings from Hungary. Peter

D☼≈≈YmAc on June 25, 2010

Thank you angel l. filgueiras, John de Crom and Szulmann for visiting and kindly commenting on my photo! Please visit again!

Sincerely, ≈Donny☼Mac≈

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  • Uploaded on May 10, 2010
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    by D☼≈≈YmAc
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
    • Taken on 2010/05/10 08:19:37
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 8.27mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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