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Manufacturers Index - Irvington Machine Works

Irvington Machine Works
Grand Rapids, MI; Portland, OR, U.S.A.
Company Website: http://www.usnr.com/
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

Last Modified: Jun 19 2015 4:00PM by Jeff_Joslin
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Ad from October 1920 issue of "The Wood-Worker"

This company made cut-off saws for rough work, such as in sawmills. They also made miter saws for factory work. The Portland location was the western affiliate of the Grand Rapids based Irvington Machine Works, but it seems that at some point either the Grand Rapids location closed or the two locations split. In 1920 the Portland location was an affiliate operation, but by 1952 the Irvington Machine Works was located only in Portland.

In 1969 Irvington Machine Works merged with Moore Dry Kiln Co. to become Irvington-Moore, a division of USNR (US Natural Resources Co.) This company has a broad line of products, but the product line no longer includes the Irvington cutoff saws.

Information Sources

  • An ad in a 1920 issue of The Wood-Worker shows this company's swing cutoff saw. The address given was in Grand Rapids.
  • Undated catalog for the "Irvington 58", a so-called cut-down machine, or cut-off saw. These large saws are used for quick crosscutting in sawmills and other settings where rough work is done.
  • The December 1952 issue of the Journal of Forestry contains the following mention: "IRVINGTON 26-A CUT-OFF SAW. For defect and all-purpose trimming in sawmills, planing mills, remanufacturing plants. Available in right or left hand models. Specifications: Motor: 3 h.p. for 16 inch saw, or 5 h.p. for 18 inch saw, 3,600 r.p.m.; 220 or 440 volts, 60 cycle, 3 phase, ball bearings. Overall height of machine, 4 feet 3 inch. Operating table height, 33 ½ inch with 18 inch saw and 34 ½ with 16 inch saw. Irvington Machine Works, 1808 N. E. 7th Avenue, Portland 12, Oregon, U.S.A."
  • An article in the TimberLine online newsletter mentions that a company called Metriguard Inc. and Irvington Machine Works of Portland had jointly developed a machine for testing lumber for bending. Since Metriguard was founded in 1973, Irvington must have lasted at least that long.