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Forum topic by pierce85 posted 06-11-2011 07:48 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2011 07:48 PM

I thought this might be fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon… Can you identify the following vintage tool – name, maker, and what the tool does?

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 11:04 PM

Rainy? wow Wish it would rain here. Dont know what the tool is…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 11:25 PM

Swing saw, AKA widowmaker??

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 12:43 AM

As was previously identified as a swing saw, they were the forerunner to the radial arm saw. They were used in lumber yards. I remember using one many years ago in a pallet factory

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 12:45 AM

Very good, Poopiekat. Apparently it was used like a radial arm saw and was notoriously dangerous. Here’s the full advertisement from the May, 1919 issue of “the Wood-Worker” magazine.

Edit: I was uploading the image and MrRon beat me to the punch… So how exactly did they work, MrRon?

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 01:13 AM

You grab the handle firmly with your right hand and pull it toward you. You then have to apply pressure against the handle to keep it from advancing too far towards you. The one I used had it’s own electric motor attached to the blade; no belts or pulleys and was set up to cut 1×4’s into the same length for making pallets. Actually for production work, this saw was better suited than a RAS. You just had to be careful.

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