World's most square crosscut machine

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Blog entry by Loren posted 05-09-2011 06:58 PM 3260 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up”

Neither as sought-after, nor as pricey as a Ferrari is the best machine I’ve ever used for crosscuts (within its limitations). This is a print-shop or linotype saw or trimmer. Made originally for cutting lead type, these saws do one thing extremely well: make a dead-square crosscut.

There are no adjustments to tilt the blade or table. The miter gauge (if you want to call it that) runs in a machined groove about 1.25” wide and 5/8” deep. The bar is machined to fit with no identifiable slop in its entire range.

The Hammond glider saws are better known than this style. The Gliders have a sliding table, which is cool, but I doubt more accurate than the sliding bar on my saw.

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 07:27 PM

Thats pretty interesting. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 01:58 AM

Loren, it’s very interesting that you bring this up. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Paul Hamler (the miniaturist, among other giant engineering feats). The first time I set eyes on this machine was in his shop and he made the same claim that you just made. Great minds think alike, clearly. What I remember most clearly is the limited table size and MASSIVE thickness. I was in wonderland at the time, so I didn’t quite register clearly. I said clearly to many times, so clearly, this is a machine to find (and get friends to move).

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 02:58 AM

Damn, I’m old! I remember using a linotype. And punch cards for programming a computer!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 03:22 AM

Well Al, keep your eyes open. I had my eye out for several years
and I’ve had several opportunities to buy linotype saws. Most of
them are sliders, but some of those have motor and wiring issues
that make them less appealing… or I was just absorbed in other
stuff at the time.

This one is a C&G or “Cheshire & Greenfield”, made by the Milwaukee
Saw Trimmer Co. or something. It’s possible it was a division of the
same Milwaukee co. that made my old Delta bandsaw, but who knows
for sure.

When this one came on Craigslist it was 20 minutes away and only
$100. Most guys selling the Hammond glider saws want a lot more.

They are pretty heavy, especially the gliders. I put outrigger wheels
on the saw mounted on plywood gusset things I came up with. The
saw has a scrap bucket in the base, and putting it on a mobile base
for woodworking machines would eliminate access to the door on
the bottom. The saw is pretty high up too, so I wanted to keep it
as close to the original height as possible. I have it sitting next to
my bench and I use it a lot.

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 03:33 AM


You have the most interesting and out of the ordinary tools. Cool!

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#6 posted 10-29-2013 04:10 PM

Was that a Ferris Bueler reference I saw?

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