Frick Catalog Cuts

Portable Steam Engines and Sawmills Continued as Mainstays of the Frick Co. in the Late 1930s

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When George Frick established the Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., in 1853, it's hard to believe he could have predicted the company's longevity. To wit: this year witnesses the 150th anniversary of Frick, which continues today as a major manufacturer of refrigeration equipment.

Starting with the manufacture of horsepowers, grain cleaners and related farm equipment, Frick moved into the production of sawmills, steam engines and refrigeration equipment. Frick circular sawmills were introduced around 1875, the first Frick traction engine was built in 1877 and Frick refrigeration equipment was introduced in 1882.

Some 4,500 steam traction engines were built before production ended in 1936, and an estimated 13,000 portable steam engines rolled out of the Frick factory before production ended in 1938. Figures on Frick sawmill production are unknown, but it's safe to assume many thousands of the company's numerous models were built between the 1870s and the end of sawmill production in the early 1970s.

CATALOG CUTS

It's a safe bet that the portable steam engines shown here represent the final offerings of Frick Co., coming as they do from a circa 1938 Frick Co. catalog. There's no date on the catalog, but the last page provides a clue by way of a small picture of a 'Frick M-M Vision Lined Tractor.' The pictured tractor is clearly a Minneapolis-Moline UTS, a model introduced in 1938. Frick started distributing Minneapolis-Moline tractors in 1929.

The real gem is on the following pages; a separate, special two-page insert for Frick's No. 0 sawmill, complete with full specifications. Original material like this is increasingly rare and increasingly important if we're to accurately chronicle the life and offerings of the old manufacturers. Enjoy.

Frick return-flue portable steam engine, circa 1938. Center-crank engines of 50 HP and 65 HP were offered, with boilers featuring 150 psi working pressure. These were especially intended for sawmill work.

Standard Frick portable steam engine, circa 1938. These were offered in five sizes ranging from 36 HP to 110 HP. The engines on these and the return-flue portables were of the same design.

FRICK No. 0 SAW MILL

Equipped with Three Head-blocks, Taper Attachments, Power Receder, Gauge Wheel, Patented Belt Feed, and Special Tightener for Main Driving Belt.

Specifications for Frick Saw Mills

No. 00

No. 0

No. 01

No. 1

Saw Diameter, largest swung

58'

60'

60'

68'

Husklength and width

81' x 35'

85' x 40'

95' x 433/8

108' x 52'

Mandrellength and diameter

52' x 23/16

66' x 27/16'

72' x 25/8''

78' x 3'

'Collar, diameter

43/4'

43/4

48/4

6'

'Bearings, self-aligning

Timken Roller on all sizes

quot;Pulley, standard

22' x 8'

22' x 10'

24' x 12'

24' x 12'

Feed, per rev. of saw

' to 4'

' to 5'

' to 5'

' to 6'

Gigback' '

' to 8'

' to 10'

' to 10'

' to 12'

Carriage- Timbers

3' x 45/8

3' x 5'

3' x 5'

4' x 6'

Width

30'

321/8

361/8'

405/8

'Wheels, dia

7'

8'

8'

10'

'Axles, dia

11/8'

15/16'

15/16'

15/16'

Carriage Axle Bearings

Hyatt Roller on all sizes

Set Shaft, full length, dia

111/16

111/16

1 11/16

2'

Set works

Double Ratchet

Combined Improved with hand Receder on Nos. 0, 01 and 1

Headblocks, with detachable rackbars

Steel

Steel

Steel

Cast Iron

Size of Headblock opening

32'

36'

40'

44'

Way Timbers

3' x 4'

3' x 4

3' x 4'

3' x 5'

Cable Wire, with hemp center, dia

3/8'

3/8'

'

'

Brake Horsepower required

15 to 35

25 to 50

30 to 65

50 to 75

Daily Capacity, board feet

4M to 10M

5M to 12M

6M to 15M

7M to 20M

Approx. Weight, 15' Mill

3000 lb.

4000 lb.

5000 lb.

6000 lb.

FRICK SAW MILLS arc light, strong, simple, durable and efficient. They will give the maximum in production of high grade, accurately sawed lumber, with the minimum of power and labor.

Long life and high resale value are further advantages of Frick Saw Mills.

From what other saw mill could be expected service for a 40 or 50 year period? Recently an inquiry was received for repairs for a Frick Mill which was sold in 1892 AND THE PARTS WERE AVAILABLE!

Special thanks to Eugene Bryant, 1633 Banton Road, Palermo, ME 04354-6537 for sending in the original Frick Co. catalog from which these images were taken.