Sarah Tabitha Babbitt

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story of the circular saw

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  • Sarah "Tabitha" Babbitt was an early American Shaker. 
  • Babbitt noticed how inefficient the whipsaw was with half the motion of the two men being lost.
  • Babbitt realised a round blade would be more efficient. 
  • Babbitt is credited with inventing the first circular sawmill, which was powered by water in 1813. 
  • She did not patient the idea of the circular saw so other people could use and improve the idea. 
  • Three years later two french men patented the circular saw in the USA after discovering it in Shaker papers.
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