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Forum topic by wmgworks posted 11-11-2015 05:24 PM 479 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 05:24 PM

I’m pretty new to buying hand saws and want to pick up a rip and a cross cut saw. There is a guy close to me who sells used items from estate sales and he has a HUGE plastic bin overflowing with hand saws. My problem is I’m not good at identifying the quality of hand saws. I’d like one that is pretty sharp already because I’m not setup for sharpening saws yet. I know to look at the teeth and identify any that are missing or bent. But past that, I’m not sure what else to look for. I know certain metals can’t be resharpened once they wear down, but I don’t know what those look like.

Can anyone offer up some entry level advise? I’m not looking for collector’s items. I’m looking for a saw that is good enough to get me started.

Thanks!

-- Butchering wood since 2015


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#1 posted 11-11-2015 05:41 PM

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 06:05 PM

First question: Will the saw be used for breaking down lumber or for joinery?

ken

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 06:16 PM

@Tim: Great read. Thanks!

@Ken Break down

I know that blades made of a certain metal cannot be resharpened. But what are these materials and how do you identify them?

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 06:23 PM

For an inexpensive saw you might consider saws sold at HomeDepot and Lowes with the razor teeth. You cannot sharpen them but the cut very quickly. For breaking down boards they are great. I picked up one at Lowes for under $10 (clearance) and it works great for rough cutting.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 06:40 PM



For an inexpensive saw you might consider saws sold at HomeDepot and Lowes with the razor teeth. You cannot sharpen them but the cut very quickly. For breaking down boards they are great. I picked up one at Lowes for under $10 (clearance) and it works great for rough cutting.

- Julian

Thanks, Julian. Do you know how long saws like that tend to last? I’m a weekend hobbyist so I imagine it might last me a while. I just hate using things that are disposable when there are reusable options avaible

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 06:51 PM

You look at the tooth line, if it is blueish or dark then the saw has harden teeth and can not be sharpened. Old saws do not have hardened teeth. Disston, Atkins are a couple of good older saws and there are many others. Old saws are cheap but most need sharpening, Do not let that stop you, there are several places that do a great job of re-habing old saws and a re-habed old Disston or Atkins will be a better saw than any you can buy at the Orange or Blue box.

ken

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