first in history bandsaw The idea dates back to the early nineteenth century. Englishman William Newberry patented the band saw for the first time in 1809. However, this invention did not attract attention for many years because its blades were not strong enough. This period lasted approximately 50 years. In the intervening years, no one could develop a band saw blade that was flexible and did not break easily.

Finally, in the early 1860s, Frenchman A. Périn introduced a suitable knife. After this date, band saws became widespread in many European countries, especially in England. About a decade later, blades also reached North America, and in the late 1860s the first band saws produced in America appeared.

The Development of Band Saws in America

Before the 1860s, many inventors had obtained numerous patents for band saws. The first patent in America was granted to Adam Stewart of Baltimore in 1817. But unfortunately, a fire broke out in the Patent Office in 1836 and the written version of this document was destroyed. All that remained was the patent title “Band or band saw” and a simple explanation from an editor who said he had no knowledge of the machines. In this statement, the editor described the band saw as follows:

“Two-wheel vertical band saw”

This description contained neither information about the blade guides nor how the blade was tensioned on the wheels.

The first sample of this patent was produced by a millwright named R. French, who lived in the town of Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Stewart, the patent holder, offered to license it to R. French. R. French offered to open a factory where slaughtering would be carried out with a Stewart license. However, this duo could not achieve successful results in the long term.
The next band saw patent in America was granted to Benjamin Barker of the State of Maine in 1836. This patent was for the basic concept of the band saw. Barker's machine used a blade that was 10.36 meters long, 22.86 cm wide and approximately 2 mm thick. The diameter of the wheel was 152.4 centimeters. Although having such a large wheel seems like a good idea for the flexibility of the blade, no results came out of this machine.

As problems with the blades continued, alternative approaches were tried. Finally, the circular saw was produced in 1838.

band saws While it was almost on the verge of oblivion, there were unsuccessful attempts in 1849, 1858, and 1863. The band saw was last put into production in 1866, licensed by the well-known machine manufacturer Paul Prybil. Although it had some shortcomings, the first commercially produced band saw in America was recorded under license from Pryibil.