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1021 days ago

I was just reading a discussion about changing the motor on a table saw and it dawned on me that I have never seen or heard of a gas powered table saw, or circular saw either, for that matter.

Seems like a pretty simple substitute on a contractor type saw.

I’ve seen drills with little two stroke gas engines, but a more useful tool would be a chainsaw type motor on a circular saw. Battery powered drills are pretty much perfected but I don’t think the battery saws are there yet. I know they exist, but I hear comments like they run out of juice after a few cuts, or they just don’t have the power to cut anything bigger than trim.

I’m obviously not talking about an application for a furniture maker or a fine woodworking shop, but like working at a river house or cabin where there may not be standard power. Or, maybe for a remodeler for use outside where extension cords are a pain.

I think I’d love to have a worm drive saw with a 22cc gas engine.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#1 posted 1021 days ago

I think I would use a generator I don’t see an plication where a gas powered saw would be of any benefit other than at a mill. Just my 2cents.

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#2 posted 1021 days ago

Too much starting and stopping

-- Joe

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#3 posted 1021 days ago


Seems incredibly unsafe to have a gas powered motor directly connected to a TS.

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#4 posted 1021 days ago

There were a few manufacturers that produced gas circular saws, The Homelite had their XL-100 which was probably the most common, I believe it was based on a chainsaw engine. Piston Powered Products produced their Super Saw, which IMHO is the best design of the bunch being very similar to a string trimmers engine that kept the weight down a reasonable amount. One of the earliest commonly produced would be the Comet by Tote-n Tool, that was part of a series of tools based on the O&R (Ohlsson and Rice) engine platform.

Homelite XL-100 vid

a 1919 Oshkosh Eveready table saw

Re: sandhill says:
I think I would use a generator I don’t see an plication where a gas powered saw would be of any benefit other than at a mill.

So which would you rather carry a three horsepower motored saw or a generator capable of powering a three horsepower motor and a three horsepower electric saw? Now think about building a house in the wilderness, where yours access is either by horse or ATV.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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#5 posted 1 day ago

Dragging up an old thread, I know, but this is too cool: A Stihl chainsaw engine should provide ample power even if not using a worm drive gear train. Surprisingly light too.

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#6 posted 1 day ago

If you are close to any Amish they use them all the time I just had some roof work done by a Amish contractor in the Wooster Ohio area that is what this crew used As I understand it they can use electric tools as long as they don’t own them These guys though were the strict type (Old order Amish I think they are called) I offered the use of mine and was told they would use theirs instead a few stores in the area do sell them as I understand but you won’t get them at the big box stores

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#7 posted 1 day ago

Fire trucks often carry gas powered cutoff saws that use circular blades, but they’re a different form factor than a construction circular saw.

Personally, I’m also in the camp that would probably choose a generator and electric tools. The generator will run several tools sequentially, without starting and stopping an engine, as well as power anything else electric. You also only have to worry about things like fresh fuel and maintenance on one engine vs. many.

30A generators capable of powering 220v tools are common, easily transported, and not expensive when compared to many small engines. You’ll see them everywhere on R/V’s, as well utility trucks in states with vehicle anti-idling laws.

If you want small, I have a 2000 watt Honda inverter generator that is less than 50 pounds, super efficient, extremely quiet, and will easily power any 120v power tool. I’ve used it to run anything from airplane pre-heaters, to my electric chainsaw, to routers, as well as to cover my critical needs during power failures at home. Yamaha makes a similar unit. The only problem is that small, light, well-made 2000 watt / 120v units cost more to purchase than a garden variety 10,000 watt 220v unit.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#8 posted 1 day ago

Paul beat me to it about Old Order Amish. We have a large community of Amish in WNY with most of them being Old Order. They use Gasoline and diesel powered motors to run their shops. Many have overhead pulley systems to run their power tools that they modify. I have seen one Amish man convert a circular saw to run with a chain saw motor. However, this is frowned upon in this community. Most are not allowed to even own chain saws. The use of overhead pulley systems have been used for hundreds of years and this has not diminished the quality of work the Amish do.

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