This Big Saw

This Big Saw (HM192G)

Location: Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 48.385', W 118° 4.318'

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This nine-foot band saw is among the largest log saw ever used in the sawmill industry. It weighs over 38,000 pounds and has a blade that stretches over 56 feet in length. This saw was used to cut Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine logs up to ten feet in diameter and fifty-six feet in length. The lumber from just one of these giant logs would be enough to build two houses of about 1,500 square feet.

The machine was manufactured by the Filer & Stowell Company in 1900 and put into service by the Champion Lumber Company in Libby, Montana. For 82 years it was used to cut lumber that was loaded on to trains and shipped into the growing United States housing market. The iron giant was finally retired in 1982 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.
HM NumberHM192G
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 400779 N 3741208
Decimal Degrees33.80641667, -118.07196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 48.385', W 118° 4.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 48' 23.10" N, 118° 4' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)562, 310, 714
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10741 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos CA 90720, US
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