Foot Powered Saws
The Barnes Velopide made in 1876 is a saw all on it's own. It is pedal powered and runs as smooth as anyone could ask for. This saw runs but need some work on it to restore it to showroom condition, in it's present state it does work, but is just not real pretty.
This Barnes #7 was purchased from a friend I went to high school with, he found it at an farm auction in the 70's about 10 miles from my house. I have ran this saw little, think I could saw all day on it. The flywheel design keeps the momentum going real easy. This saw has a patent date of 1880.
This is a Demas made in 1881. It is a foot powered lathe/scrollsaw. When I purchased it they said it was very rare, but this machine is in excellent shape. A nice addition to my collection.
The " Cricket " is another saw from the 1800's that looks a lot like the same design used on the New Rogers and Lester Improved.
"GEM" scrollsaw manufactured by Hobbies in England from 1928- 1965. This is a short saw , the stand in the background is the base for a Delta Q3 scrollsaw.
New Roger's saws made in about the 1860's. I have not tried to run these saw since I bought it. These are different models as you can see.
This was a Barnes pedal saw , but someone modified it with a motor.
This one is an all wood framed treadle style saw. The ad on ebay where I bought the saw said it was an 1800's vintage. I think it is closer to about 1900 or 1910. There is no name or markings on the saw, but the wheels are made from cast metal and a round leather belt drives the saw.
A Lester Improved that I bought about 60 miles north of me in 1994. This saw was made in the late 1800's. I have tried using it , but can't keep the momentum up once the wood hits the blade. Poor design I think.
The " STAR " scrollsaw dates back to 1900 and was sold by Sears.
These are other New Rogers I ended up buying.
This is a new saw that was order from Hobbies in England. The stand behind the saw is for the Q3 so as you can tell the saw is short. To run the saw I sit on a milk crate, This saw is still available today.
This is the Fleetwood that was made back in the 1800's.
Empire saw made by Seneca.
This came with the wood stool that was also handmade .
According to Ken Cope, author of the American Foot Power and Hand Power
Machinery, this saw is " one of the most desirable of all treadle operated machines.
It is rare with only four examples to known. And what makes this one even more
unique is the " W. M. Sears Toronto " cast into the upper frame.
Below are some closer pictures of this saw.
The "JIGGER" made in Nebraska. My guess is this saw was built in the 1940-50 era. Stepping on the pedal pulls the arms down, the spring returns the arm up. One step for one movement of the blade down. Slow cutting.
This is another Barnes #7 model. It has a low number of 3127 so it must be a very early model. The unique thing of this on is it used a wood stick attached to the back leg, for the return spring. On the other Barnes there is a spring and lever system.
A Champion wood lathe and scroll saw combination. There is also a grinding wheel and drill chuck on the outboard end of the lathe.
Another New Rogers scrollsaw.
A Champion, that is the saw as the one I have on the saw-lathe combo, that someone tried to convert to a foot power saw. From the way it is put together it would have never worked.
This one has no marking as to a brand or name.
The big wheel is similar to another one of the old
saws I have, the Hobbies.
This is another model of the Fleetwood that was made back in the 1800's.
Demas saw set up attachment to the foot power wood lathe.
A Miller Falls
A Rival made by Seneca Falls
Another saw and wood lathe combination
Barnes Velopoide with the original seat.
Think this is off a Champion Saw-Lathe set. But it had a strange homemade hold down on it.
I think this is off a Fleetwood saw.
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