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Forum topic by crank49 posted 1014 days ago 2859 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#1 posted 1014 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 1014 days ago

Too much starting and stopping

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#3 posted 1014 days ago


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

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#4 posted 1013 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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