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Manufacturers Index - Fox Machine Co.

Fox Machine Co.
Grand Rapids, MI; Jackson, MI, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery & Metal Working Machinery

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Patent Number Date Title Name City Description
216,608 Jun. 17, 1879 Improvement in miter-cutters William R. Fox Middletown, CT This is arguably the first workable "universal" miter trimmer, and we have one report of a "W. R. Fox" miter trimmer with this patent date on it, but the trimmer does not match the patent. Fox founded Fox Machine Co. in 1885 to market an improved design, patent 393,970, which does match the aforementioned trimmer.
384,209 Jun. 05, 1888 Dado-cutter John R. Mentzer Grand Rapids, MI
384,248 Jun. 12, 1888 Dado cutter William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
393,970 Dec. 04, 1888 Miter-cutting machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This is the first commercially successful universal miter trimmer, i.e., one where the miter angle was adjustable over a wide range. The Fox Machine Co. made it in 2-inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch versions.
The U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sixth circuit, in the case of Fox v. Perkins et al., found that the reissue of this patent was void "for want of patentable novelty, in view of the prior state of the art, as shown more particularly in the Howard patent 57,325; the Aiken patent 111,896; the Jones patent 153,343; the Nichols patent 179,944; and the Lennartson patent 202,445... If the Fox machine could be held to show patentable invention, it constitutes one of a series of improvements, all having the same general object and purpose, and the patent must therefor be limited to the precise form and arrangements of parts described... This construction of the patent is also rendered necessary by the fact that various broader claims were rejected and abandoned under both the original and the reissue applications. Large sales of a patented machine, while evidence more or less cogent of value and usefulness, are not conclusive evidence of patentable novelty and are of little weight when it appears that such sales are the result of active and energetic efforts by means of circulars and traveling agents."
413,364 Oct. 22, 1889 Tenoning-cutter William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI Patent is improvement on patent 384,248, and adapts the dado-cutters in patent 384,209. This inventor founded Fox Machine Co. in 1885, which was known mainly for their miter-trimmer.
RE11,062 Feb. 25, 1890 Miter-cutting machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This patent was struck down by the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. See the notes under the original patent 393,970.
This improvement was produced in 2-inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch models by the Fox Machine Co.
422,517 Mar. 04, 1890 Miter-cutter William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
433,781 Aug. 05, 1890 Miter-cutting machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
435,219 Aug. 26, 1890 Miter-cutting machines William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This design, an improvement to patent 393,970, was a dead end, and the main design of the patent was never produced by Fox Machine Co. The patent does mention a minor improvement to the knives, and this improvement was used.
476,045 May. 31, 1892 Miter-cutter William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI Improved 90-degree stop for the machine in patent 393,970.
477,526 Jun. 21, 1892 Miter-cutter William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This improvement to patent 393,970 is probably in response to the competition from Joseph Oliver and his Grand Rapids Machinery Co. machine, patent 449,696.
483,838 Oct. 04, 1892 Milling-machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
489,734 Jan. 10, 1893 Metal Planing Machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI
493,494 Mar. 14, 1893 Mitering machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This patent improves on the gages of the design in patent 393,970.
502,621 Aug. 01, 1893 Shaping Machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
504,209 Aug. 29, 1893 Wood-trimmer William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI According to Jeffrey S. McVey, the design in this patent was used for the Fox Machine Co. 4-E and 6-E.
549,190 Nov. 05, 1895 Rivet-making machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI Of interest because the assignee made miter trimmers.
559,276 Apr. 28, 1896 Rivet William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI Of interest because the inventor also invented and manufactured miter machines.
"My invention is a rivet designed more particularly for use in connection with the sheaves of sash-pulleys..."
564,479 Jul. 21, 1896 Drilling machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI Machine is intended for drilling spoke-holes in bicycle rims.
614,378 Nov. 15, 1898 Automatic rim-drilling machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI "It is the object of my invention to provide a machine for drilling bicycle or like rims in which the movements of the chuck for holding the rims will be automatic as well as the movements of the drill, and my machine includes an oscillating chuck adapted to give the proper inclination to the rims, with means for oscillating said chuck automatically and for partially rotating it between the drilling actions, the automatic driving mechanism being so timed that the movement of the chuck and drills alternate."
653,797 Jul. 17, 1900 Trimming-machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This patent is for a chain drive for the cutter, plus a knife guard.
799,641 Sep. 19, 1905 Grinding-machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
829,068 Aug. 21, 1906 Changeable gear William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI "The objects of the inventions are, first, to provide a changeable gear which contains the minimum number of parts; second, to provide a compact, effective, and powerful changeable gear which can be effectively used on lathes, milling-machines, and similar tools, as well as in automobile construction or wherever changeable gears may be desired, and which shall be readily adjustable."
865,692 Sep. 10, 1907 Angle-gage for mitering-machines William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI
    Angle-gage for mitering-machines Matthew Lund Grand Rapids, MI  
906,125 Dec. 08, 1908 Mitering-machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI An improvement on Fox's previous patent 393,970.
    Mitering-machine Matthew Lund Grand Rapids, MI  
964,506 Jul. 19, 1910 Miter-cutting machine William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI This patent is for a cable-drive mechanism for the cutter.
1,139,659 May. 18, 1915 Saw-bench structure William R. Fox Grand Rapids, MI DMD (Direct Motor Drive) mechanism for a dual-arbor tablesaw.
    Saw-bench structure Edgar W. Cleveland Grand Rapids, MI  
1,438,991 Dec. 19, 1922 Pipe cutter Howard D. Corwin Jackson, MI
    Pipe cutter William R. Fox Jackson, MI  
1,453,008 Apr. 24, 1923 Multiple-drilling machine Howard D. Corwin Jackson, MI This is a metal-working drill, assigned to Fox Machine Co., a maker of miter trimmers.
    Multiple-drilling machine William R. Fox Jackson, MI  
1,481,054 Jan. 15, 1924 Multiple-speed driving mechanism for drilling machines William R. Fox Jackson, MI
1,489,523 Apr. 08, 1924 Drilling machine (multiple drill) Howard D. Corwin Jackson, MI
    Drilling machine (multiple drill) William R. Fox Jackson, MI  
1,523,637 Jan. 20, 1925 Power press William R. Fox Jackson, MI
1,550,609 Aug. 18, 1925 Metal-working machine Howard D. Corwin Jackson, MI
    Metal-working machine William R. Fox Jackson, MI  
1,566,849 Dec. 22, 1925 Coupling for flexible shafting William R. Fox Jackson, MI
1,597,780 Aug. 31, 1926 Multiple-spindle-drilling machine William R. Fox Jackson, MI
1,754,621 Apr. 15, 1930 Tapping or like machine Howard D. Corwin Jackson, MI
    Tapping or like machine William R. Fox Jackson, MI