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Manufacturers Index - James E. Emerson; American Saw Co.

James E. Emerson; American Saw Co.
Lewiston, ME, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery & Metal Working Machinery

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Listed in the 1874 work, Appletons' cyclopædia of American biography:

EMERSON, James E., machinist, b. in Maine, 2 Nov., 1823. His youth was spent in farming and working in saw-mills, and he was a carpenter in Bangor for several years. In 1850 he removed to Lewiston, where he established a manufactory for making wood-working machinery, and while engaged in this business he made his first invention. This was a machine for boring, turning, and cutting the heads on the spools or bobbins that are used in cotton factories, and did the same work that formerly required three machines. In 1852 he removed to California, where he was first employed as superintendent of a saw-mill, and afterward became a proprietor of mills in various counties of that state. Here he proved the advantages of circular saws with movable teeth. For several years he was occupied in the introduction of his new saws, but subsequently returned to the east and manufactured edge tools in Trenton, N. J., receiving large contracts for swords and sabres from the government during the civil war. He afterward became the superintendent for the American Saw company, which was organized to manufacture his circular saw with movable teeth. A circular saw 88 inches in diameter, and costing $2,000, was exhibited by this company at the Paris exhibition of 1867. Among his miscellaneous inventions are a combined anvil, shears, and punching machine (1865), and a swage for spreading saw-teeth to a uniform width and shape, and cutting the edge at a single operation.

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