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This is one of five HO scale models of the machinery used in the kind of medium sized sawmill that was common throughout the 20th century in communities all over the US and Canada. Such a mill would employ from 10 to 20 men and produce in the order of 10,000 to 20,000 board feet per day of lumber. The five models are the Log Haul-up winch, the No 2 Special Double Cut Headsaw, the Medium Gang Edger, the Roller Tables With Transfer Beams (a set of six) and the Wood Frame Swing Saw. The wheels and mandrels needed to build an overhead belt drive system are offered as well.
This model was developed from the DeLoach log haul-up illustrated in a DeLoach Company Catalog that dates to about 1908 and shows DeLoach's extensive line of sawmill machinery. It should be situated at the end of the log deck opposite the inclined ramp, or jackladder, up which logs are pulled from the pond and into the mill. The operator controls it with two levers, one that pulls on the brake beam and presses a brake shoe against the back side of the bull wheel and another that pushes a compressed paper friction drive against the front of the bull wheel. This machine has no haulback so the operator has to pull the cable back down the ramp the hard way.
This model is as close to scale as Shapeways technology allows and can only be printed in frosted detail plastic. Detail is finer than most cast metal or plastic models and you will need a jeweller's loupe to see it all. The model is non operating.