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Buffalo Forge Co. was formed in 1878 to manufacture blacksmith’s forges. Upright drilling machines were offered in 1883 and stationary steam engines in 1889. It quickly branched into heating, air conditioning (invented in 1904 by Willis H. Carrier of Buffalo Forge), dust collectors (Buffalo Forge claimed that they invented the cyclonic dust collector), drill presses, plus a combination woodworking machine.
Buffalo Forge created a Canadian subsidiary, Canadian Buffalo Forge Co., Ltd., in 1903 (or 1905, depending on which source you believe). The name changed at some point to Canadian Blower & Forge.
The company, which was owned by the Wendt family, went public in 1941.
In 1993, Buffalo Forge was acquired by the Howden Group. Buffalo Machine Tools was created in 1997 from the machine tool division of Buffalo Forge. In 1999, the Howden subsidiary containing the remainder of Buffalo Forge was renamed Howden Buffalo. In 2003 the Buffalo the former Machine Division of Buffalo Forge was spun off, becoming Buffalo Machine Tools of Niagara, Inc.; in 2009 it changed names to Buffalo Machines, Inc. In 2010 the Howden Buffalo name changed to Howden North America.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Buffalo Forge made a bandsaw. They are very uncommon. Almost all "Buffalo" bandsaws and any tablesaws, jointers, etc., with the Buffalo name are 1980s Taiwanese imports of poor quality. These machines are completed unrelated to Buffalo Forge and associated businesses. As offshore imports, they are also outside the scope of this web site.
Parts and Service
Buffalo Machines, Inc., formerly known as Buffalo Forge Machine Tool Division is the OEM manufacturer of all "Buffalo" products to include, Ironworkers, Drill Presses in 15", 18", 22", 3BRPMster and Bending Rolls. Additionally, they offer all replaceable tooling with over 10,000 parts in stock.
Contact Information for Buffalo Machines, Inc.:
Phone: (716) 201-1310
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. EST.
- Listing in the June 1926 issue of Building Age and National Builder for the Buffalo Woodworker.
- Buffalo Forge (1877-1952) World Wide Name in Industrial Equipment. Reprint of a speech made to the Newcomen Society of England in 1952 concerning the history of the company.
- Canadian industry, commerce, and finance; published as a companion volume to The Journal of Commerce, 1916, by J. J. Harpell: Lists Canadian Buffalo Forge Co., Ltd., Montreal, Que., as a producer of drill presses; blacksmiths' drills; tire benders; blacksmiths' blowers; pressure blowers; refuse burners; drying apparatus; marine engines; portable engines; waterworks pumping engines; electric fans; hot air heating apparatus; humidifiers; air pumps; centrifugal pumps; electric pumps; fire pumps; hydraulic pressure pumps; steampower pumps; hand and power tire pumps; turbine pumps; punches and punch couplings; shears and shear blades; blacksmiths' tools; cooling towers; ventilators; washers.
- Thanks to Theresa Silva for providing some of the material here, such as the information on non-drill products made by Buffalo Forge. Theresa was the CEO of Buffalo Machine Tools of Niagara, Inc., and she personally provided assistance for people with older Buffalo Forge machinery. She died in 2009.
- Early references to "Buffalo Forge" are about a business of the same name located in Rockbridge County, Virginia. That Buffalo Forge dates back to about 1820 and primarily made iron bar stock.
- American Steam Engine Builders: 1800-1900 by Kenneth L. Cope, 2006 page 45