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Re: Circular mill research
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2019, 11:08:19 AM »
Would I be correct to say, like ax manufacturers, there were quite a few sawmill companies?
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« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2019, 11:40:23 AM »
The upright looks like it could be a #5100 or #510D, Ron, I would have to confirm that on my next visit since I cannot zoom in 100% clearly.

I looked over the saw shanks on Menominee and I see the stamped markings to look for, I will keep that noted for my next visit, also.
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« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2019, 12:11:10 PM »
Look for as many numbers as you can find.  It'll help you determine if there are lots of parts from lots of different mill mfg.  Anything that is cast will probably have a number cast into it.

I think you'll find that mill makers were pretty much regional.  Since the main power source was steam, the larger mill makers also made steam engines or boilers.  Also, you had to have a way of casting your parts.  The smaller iron works could also make a few.  But, I imagine the demand was rather low, since getting logs was more of an arduous task than today.  

After the gasoline engine came about, it was easier to put up a seasonal mill.  Logging became easier, as did transportation.  Capital investment was a lot less.  After WWII, those mills became more numerous, and demand went up, so more mfg came on line.  Some survived, some didn't.

I know in my area, the predominant mills were Frick, Farquhar, American, Ireland, Meadows, and Lane.  There probably are a few others.  Most of those were produced in the northeast.  
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Re: Circular mill research
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2019, 01:10:03 PM »
10-4. I will post what I find as soon as I have the chance to cruise over again.

Thank you everyone, thus far  thumbs-up thumbs-up thumbs-up
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« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2019, 05:38:53 PM »
4" is very common.  If you cut down [the sides] of a wider used belt take equal amounts off each side. Splicing may be more of a problem if you have never done any but T.S. stocks belt lacing for round balers and tools for same.

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« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2019, 01:08:50 AM »
Bump, I am finally back to researching this mill! More pictures and casting numbers coming soon. 

Is there anything I should measure for sure when I go back?
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