May 29, 2016

Friction Drive Wheels Still Available

Foley-Belsaw has friction drive wheels for retoothers and 387 saw filers that were equipped that way. Here's a picture that a reader emailed me of his invoice, showing the part number. Click on picture to enlarge.

March 22, 2016

Foley Model 61 F-8 Rocker Arm & Feed Pawls For Sale

Yes, you read that right, I found a few of the often-broken Foley Model 61 rocker arms, part no. F-8. These are in almost-new condition. I have no background on them, just that they were barely used, then removed and stored. Whoever had them appeared to have been experimenting with some specialized sharpening, but I don't know the story.

The price is $45 including US Priority Mail shipping with tracking. Canadian customers welcomed at an additional cost for postage. I only have one left. Payment by PayPal or money order (no checks or credit cards). My email or click on View my complete profile at the bottom right of the page, and you will see an email link.

Your rocker arm will include the screw at the end and the thumbscrew, as pictured.

I have 3 Model 61 feed pawls for sale. They are from the same lot, so also look nearly-new. They include the pin, 2 clips, and rod, as in the pictures. The feed pawl is $25 including US postage, or $20 if bought with a rocker arm. Again, I only have one rocker arm left.


February 22, 2016

Chart for Foley 357 Carbide Grinder

This large chart shows how to set hook and top clearances on the Foley Model 357 Carbide Grinder. This comes from John Wilson, a member of our Facebook group, thank you.
Link to chart

January 4, 2016

Wardwell Saw Filers and Saw Grinders

Google Books
Wardwell Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio made band saw filers, saw grinders, saw setters, and other machinery. It began as a partnership between Frank Wellington Wardwell, Jr. (1878-1954) and Hugh B. Foley, inventor of the Foley saw filer. Foley-Wardwell Manufacturing Co. incorporated in 1912 in Cleveland. Despite their similar interests, the men separated about 2 years later, and the company changed names to Wardwell Manufacturing Co. In 1956 they were located at 3812 Ridge Rd., Cleveland, OH. The Wardwell Automatic Circular Saw Grinder Model 57T is sold at Leland-Gifford Products in Akron, OH.

Frank Wardwell had at least 9 US patents. This Google Books link is to a 1915 article about Wardwell's metal cutting band saw sharpener, a much more sophisticated machine than Foley's saw filer at the time. I have scanned Wardwell's Catalog No. 48.

Some of Wardwell's filers used double-ended tapered saw files. I learned of the company from an eBay listing for files stamped "WARDWELL".

Here is a recent YouTube video of a Wardwell circular saw grinder running.
Google Books

December 13, 2015

Burr Retoother Parts Wanted

Posting for someone else. Please contact him at our Facebook group. 

I know this group is for Foley equipment, but figured that anyone who is familiar with Foleys may be able to help me out. I have a saw retoother made by Burr Mfg. It is in great condition, but is missing the carrier and ratchet bars. Does anyone have a set for sale or know where I can find them?

October 24, 2015

Wanted - Instruction Manual For Foley Modern Sharpener Model 364950

A reader needs an instruction manual for this machine. He contacted Foley United and they don't have one. Please contact him here (email link).

May 30, 2015

Now on Facebook (updated post)

I have set up a Facebook group, to which any member can add or approve members. You do not have to be a "friend" to join the group. For now, this is an open group, meaning "Anyone can see the group, who's in it, and what members post."

To join just click on request to join on Facebook, or send me an email via Contact Me on this site. Activity in the group has just picked up (July 2015). It's a good way to ask questions, look for parts, and share your finds. I'm checking Facebook daily.

Foley Belsaw Saw Filer User Group