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06-29-2017 07:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saws vintage

Hi,

I have a question and I hope it’s allowed, if not please delete it and I apologize! I found this resource for saws and I hope someone can tell me if they are worth anything. I am considering selling them to pay on my student loans. I know some are craftsman but that’s about all I know! I was going to sell the lot locally not here, so. I am not looking to sell them online. Does $1,000 for all 16 and blades seem fair?


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#1 posted 06-29-2017 12:22 PM

Did you mean 16 saws for $100, as in one less zero? And that would even be a substantial windfall for you if you’d get that price. There doesn’t appear to be anything jaw dropping in the pics. Looks like some newer plastic handled disstons, two compass saws, a pruning saw, one back saw, other panel saws. The circular blades, maybe $5 a piece to the right person?

Sorry for the bad news, but I don’t see significant value. Maybe another LJ will spot something and set me straight.

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 12:29 PM

I agree with Smitty completely. You’d be doing very well to get $100 for that lot. Sorry…

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#3 posted 06-29-2017 01:49 PM

Hi Guys! Thank you for the great opinions, I did a little searching before I posted this and saw the kind of wood handles with the etching/stamp in them which seemed to be older style Craftsman, and they were going for $200 each on several sites. I also thought “no way.” I originally wanted to donate them to a saw artist, the kind who either paint them or cut a design in the edge, like trees/deer etc. like a trade “Take these free saws and please give me an art saw” apparently in PA where the one artist was these saws go for $2 each at flea markets.

I had no idea!! Also, I will add I have about 10 bow saws, and within that $1,000 I was throwing in about 20 circular saw blades, I also have a bunch of diamond blades (not sure exactly what they are called). ;)

I really appreciate your help I will shoot for $150 and see what happens.

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#4 posted 06-29-2017 04:35 PM

I need some help identifying this old handsaw. It looks like 2 cats in the medallion.
(scroll down under the handle to see close up of medallion)
Thanks in advance for your time.

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#5 posted 06-29-2017 04:56 PM

Do a search here on LJs for Bob Summerfield’s excellent Medallion Reference Guide. Looks like that medallion is a US saw, Lockwood, Leutkemeyer, Henry Co. (Cleveland, OH).

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#6 posted 06-29-2017 06:32 PM

Hello Smitty,

I couldn’t find the Bob Summerfield Guide here on LJ but I did find it on Google and I did find that exact same medallion. It is for the Hardware Company, Lockwood, Leutkemeyer, Henry. They refer to the cat’s as Lion’s.

You hit the nail on the head and I appreciate your time & effort.
Warren

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#7 posted 06-29-2017 06:38 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/summerfi/blog/39861

Glad it’s now known!

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#8 posted 06-29-2017 06:44 PM

Amy, please no saw art. What a waste of a saw.
Bill

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#9 posted 06-30-2017 01:54 AM

Unless the circular saw blades are new they have very little value. Especially without packaging to keep the teeth of blade from dulling each other.

Definitely think “no way” for a 200$ craftsman saw. It might have been listed at 200$ but it’s worth nowhere near that.

There looks to be a couple user (not really collectible) saws that could be worth a couple bucks each. The real good saws people look for were generally made before 1930. I paid 75$ for a saw from the mid 1800’s in good shape. Just a frame of reference

If you were able to get 150$ then you will have exceeded expectations.

Edit: even rusted saws can be cleaned and used. Saw art is heresy to us :)

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#10 posted 06-30-2017 04:10 AM

Bill,

What’s better, to throw them all away in my trash can or donate them to someone that makes art!? :)

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#11 posted 06-30-2017 04:55 AM

Throw them away.

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#12 posted 06-30-2017 11:43 AM

I definitely wouldn’t trash them. U could wipe them down with oil An Craigslist them. I’m seen a few of ur saws that antique store would hav $15 on. Also ur circular saw blades if they are brand new they r worth something but if they hav been well used we all have piles of them laying around. If ur needing money I’d list all the handsaw on CL for 8 to $15 each depending on the saw and put that you’ll sell the whole lot of handsaws for $50. Ur circular saw blades if they are new and unused put them on there for 50-60% of what u can buy them for new. If they are heavily used no one will buy them so might as well give them to the artist if they’ll give u a couple painted ones back. Heck go buy $15 worth of paint An brushes An paint them up ur self An sell them for 10-15$ each. Also if u don’t wanna deal with Craigslist some antique store might buy the handsaws from u but at a low price

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#13 posted 06-30-2017 12:05 PM

Make the circular saw blades into clocks and sell them that way.

The hardwarestore saw was a disston made D-23 saw that Disston re-badged for the store. a Keeper

Sell the “junky” saws in groups of 4-5, starting at $1…..plus they pay the shipping. BTDT. Lots of times, they are bought just for the hardware.

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#14 posted 06-30-2017 12:49 PM

Saws in general are selling for pennies on the dollar. A saw that used to sell for $150 (collector or user) is maybe $50-$75. Craftsman was made for Sears by another maker and was generally lower quality and mass produced thus worth only a small percentage of the value of the standard line for the original maker. Given the the original makers saws are selling for less than $50-$75 that would make a craftsman saw worth around $10 at full blown cleaned sharpened ready to work. I travel all over buying tools and I can promise you PA is not the only place saws in the condition yours are in are selling for $2. Not to hurt your feelings but what you have depicted have very little value. It’s all too new and secondary market stuff. I think the previous posters assessment of $50 for the lot is generous due to the fact that most of them will not sell at all. When assessing a tools value in general it’s never good practice to go with the highest price you see something advertised for. Keep in mind there is an asking price and a getting price on everything. I can ask $100,000 for a 1975 Fiat but we all know I’m not going to get that for it. Typically with saws the oldest and rarest ones are the ones that demand the highest amounts and even those aren’t stepping up to the kind of money you are being lead to believe a craftsman saw is worth.

Please understand no one here is trying to hurt your feelings or belittle you in anyway we are simply attempting to help you avoid being embarrassed by asking a ton of money for something that’s worth very little. I wish you the best of luck in moving your lot of saws on to their next home. If you have any questions about individual saws all of us guys here on lumber jocks are here to help you in anyway we can.

As a side note:
I am a tool dealer and I follow the market closely so the advice I’m giving is current to today’s tool market.

Robert

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#15 posted 06-30-2017 01:43 PM

Thanks for the input, we moved into a home and this was all in the green house and basement, I feel like I want to do something with them instead of toss them. But yes at first I thought…That could be some money toward my student loans! I guess I was mistaken but it will at least buy something we need for the house. I sold an old fire extinguisher for $80, every little bit helps for a young couple!

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