Sometime late in the 30s Grandpa Frank bought an old car for Grandma Stella to learn to drive on the ranch. It’s sketchy now whether it was a Dodge or a Plymouth. Unfortunately, while practicing driving ‘out back’ with Joe, the car caught on fire. That was the end of Grandma’s driving and the beginning of the buzz saw.
The frame and wheels are the old car, while the shaft and the blade came from Joe Cavagnaro (Moccasin).
Joe Lemas (blacksmith in Sonora) built the table.
The Wisconsin V-4 engine was recycled from the old trammel (gold mining equipment).
The gas supple requires careful adjustment. (That’s the gas tank on the right sitting on the boards).
A sharp, strong crank usually starts the engine on the second or third try. (btw, that’s Grandpa and Grandma’s little red house in the background where I live now).
Tthe engine turns the belt (from Uncle Art in Chinese Camp) that spins the saw……
….that cuts the wood.
The old saw is put into service a couple times a year. For the last month or so, we’ve been cutting wood. Dad feeds the logs into the saw while a helper catches the cut piece of fire wood and throws it into the bucket of the backhoe. (These pics were taken last spring when the grass was green).
(And yes, it’s scary as hell to operate!)