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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

The Milwaukee brick machine,   pp. 486-487 PDF (658.2 KB)


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The Wiamsin Lumberman.
Some of the advantages which
this machine has over all others, we
enumerate as follows:
First. It makes perfect and uni-
form brick, in size and quality, and
will make 24,000 with one pair of
horses, and 30,000 with steam power,
per day, or as many as can be taken
away from the machine.
Second. Two horses work it with
ease.
Third. It grinds the clay fine and
shoves the mould under the press-
box, presses the clay into the moulds,
and delivers them on the table ready
to be taken away.
Fourth. The machine is so ar-
ranged that there is no possibility of
the sander getting a mould caught;
the mould follower is moved back
quick, and stops long enough to give
the sander ample time to place his
mould on the table.
Fifth. The pressure on the brick
is made greater or less by simply
turning a hand wheeL The press
can be varied eight inches, and the
machine can be kept grinding with-
out moving the press.
Sixth. The pressure is retained
on the brick, while the moulds. are
being pushed out on the table; thus
preventing the bricks from being
drawn up in the moulds, as is the
case with other machines.
Seventh. The machine cannot be
injured by stones getting into it;
they pass out without stopping the
machine or hindrance to the men.
The moulds are placed on trucks and
taken to He drying grounds by boys
from 16 .to 17 -years old, with-five
moulds on a truck, each mould Fon-
taining six bricks, thus saving a great
expense from the old method of car-
rying them off
This machine, has been thoroughly
tested in the yards of George Burn-
ham, Watkins & Co., and J. L. Burn-
ham, Milwaukee, Wis.; D. J. Spauld-
ing, Black River Falls, Wis.; Otto
Vill, Winona, Minn.; Robertson &
Curran, Dixon, DIl; H. Westlake,
Springfield, Ill.; E. Tangenberg,
Stevens Point, Wis., and others.
Price of machine, four trucks,
twenty-seven moulds, and the right
to use the same, is one thousand dol-
lars, loaded on cars or at steamboat
dock in Milwaukee.
This machine requires but eight
men to make 24,000, and ten men to
make 30,000 brick per day, after the
clay is put in the pit.
For full particulars and descrip-
tive circulars, address Fezw, STOWI.
& Co., Milwaukee. Wis.
We add one testimonial of the
value of this machine.
MILWAUKEE, July 7,1874.
I am using on my yard six of the
Milwaukee Brick Machines, which I
have used seven years, and am mak-
ing about thirty-two thousand brick
per day to each machine, with six
men and four boys, working not over
eight hours per day. I have been in
the brick business over thirty years,
am making about ten million brick
per year, and have tried probably
more than twenty machines since I
have been in the business. I am ac-
quainted with the principal brick
machines now in use, and consider
this machine far superior to any
other, both for quality of brick and
cheapness of manufacturing the same.
Gzonoz Bumnum.
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