While power tool can be loosely used for most any thing that puts out
power. I would be willing to guess that the term power tool was not
used until after electricity was introduced. The electrical companies
sell power, power tool.
While the saw could be fixed on the water wheel Depending on the ratio
between the diameter of the water wheel and the saw diameter, it would
turn relatively slow. The gears would be used to increase the speed of
the saw blade.
I don't know why you put "woman" in quotes. Are you suggesting she was
a man in drag or something? However whether she invented it is
debatable--there are earlier references to circular saws, including some
that mention them in passing on patent applications, suggesting that
they were either well established at the time of the application or not
deemed sufficiently interesting to be worth patenting on their own.
A common claim, but not true. The Royal Navy had circular saws
in the Portsmouth dockyards in the 1790s and contemporary texts
don't describe them as a new invention. The Portsmouth dockyard
had numerous tools powered by steam engine and belting by 1802,
some of which have been preserved.
The actual inventor of the circular saw seems to be lost to time.
Well, with apologies to Unquestionably Confused, it seems
evident that circular saws existed long before Ms Babbitt.
Ergo, since the blade must have existed before the saw by
your own admission, Ms Babbitt did not invent either the
saw or the blade.
Your explanation is pretty much spot on acording to the History Channel
and Wood Magazine's Bill Krier.
"Her idea was adopted by shaker woodworkers"
(fast-forwarded for your convenience)
Spot on, but wrong. Tabitha Babbitt did not invent the
circular saw, and did not invent the circular saw blade.
It's a good story, but there's plenty of reference to
circular saws long before Babbitt and the Shakers.
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