LumberJocks

So you want to buy a hand saw How do you go about it we have expert advise

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by thedude50 posted 03-23-2012 05:14 AM 2447 views 3 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


03-23-2012 05:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw hand saw how to buy a hand saw tool wood wood working tools hand tools

this is from Matt ciancis new article

I get asked a lot of questions about old saws through the blog. A common one I hear a lot is, “How do I pick out a good vintage saw and avoid the garbage?” Some experts tell you to look for a particular make of saw, but I’ve got a better method that doesn’t play favorites or require you to even know who made a saw (which can be tricky for the novice).

How’s that you say? Simple. The fact is that from about 1860 to 1940, there were hardly any poorly made saws in the US.  Competition and high demand in the 19th century and the perfecting of mass production in the 20th century made almost every saw made in America in this period a winner. You gotta love the good ole days.

To read the whole story Click Here and post your comments here so i can forward them to Matt.
http://thisoldworkshop.com/index.php/info-articles/121-matt-vintagesaw

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech


26 replies so far

View GrandpaLen's profile

GrandpaLen

1586 posts in 1027 days


#1 posted 03-23-2012 01:47 PM

Lance,
Always enjoy reading your articles and the information they impart.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#2 posted 03-24-2012 05:30 AM

Thanks Len this one was written buy the saw wright Matt cianci. he sure has saved me a lot on buying bad saws that don’t hold up and I had already purchased some real loosers but i will be more careful now. I hope it helped you Matt will be writing a few articles for your site between the new writers and the free delta grams we hope to be a bigger site and to share more stuff with the free world many sites refuse to promote the free downloads of the delta grams as they think we are going to get rich or something even wood magazine made us take the link to the free download down and whined we were trying to steel their readers

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#3 posted 04-05-2012 08:31 AM

it looks like we will be getting more stuff on hand saws from Matt I cant wait to see his stuff.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#4 posted 04-06-2012 03:21 AM

it seems like we are lacking hand tool users on LJ this stuff is vital so you dont buy junk and no coments on the hardly at all this is sad

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View bandit571's profile

bandit571

7530 posts in 1438 days


#5 posted 04-06-2012 03:29 AM

Maybe they are like me, and go out Rust Hunting. One can do a lot, with a handfull of $2 old Disstons. Buy a $2 D8 rip saw , repair it, and then sell it on fleebay (Maybe, IF I don’t keep it) for over $40?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#6 posted 04-06-2012 04:39 AM

if you get 2 dollar distons i buy them untouched for 10 and wouldnt you like to know the gems from the junk so you know what to keep and what to sell

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View bandit571's profile

bandit571

7530 posts in 1438 days


#7 posted 04-09-2012 06:59 PM

Disston D-8s for $2 each. Disston keystone Pace Maker $2. Atkins "Perfection saw" $2. Bishop 20” panel saw with the “Flying Greyhound etch” Signed by George H Bishop @ $2. Disston D23, alsoa $2 saw. All I do is just walk about….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View Brett's profile

Brett

636 posts in 1438 days


#8 posted 04-09-2012 10:48 PM

You guys must live in the right places. Disstons are hard to come by in the southwest, and they’re usually significantly more than $10 and in pretty sorry shape.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#9 posted 04-10-2012 06:08 AM

I cant even find any here in fresno I may try some of the smaller towns live viasiala and porterville and Madera to see if I can find any saws at all

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View Brett's profile

Brett

636 posts in 1438 days


#10 posted 04-10-2012 02:07 PM

Dude, I think vintage tools are harder to come by in newer parts of the country, especially places that were not involved in manufacturing a century ago. Some people may disdain eBay, but it’s usually one of the few places I can find vintage tools.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#11 posted 04-17-2012 02:09 AM

Brett sorry I was away for a few days wile i had a minor back surgery I am afraid i have to agree and I have done quite well after reading this article from Matt Cianci and putting it up on our site it has helped me buy older better saws and I know what I am looking for both in person and on eBay. I agree it is harder to find good tools out west, as it was developed later. It seems people hear didn’t preserve the tools as well which is odd because their are fewer weather problems out west .

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View bandit571's profile

bandit571

7530 posts in 1438 days


#12 posted 04-17-2012 02:22 AM

getting ready to place a few such saws on fleebay later this week:

D-8 w/thumbhole 5-1/2 ppi rip saw/ skew back
D-8 regular handle 11ppi skew back
Disston pace maker keystone
Disston No.76
Disston Rancher ( HK Poter era)
disston Townsman( also a HK Porter era saw)

just thinning the herd a bit. There IS a D-23 with a fancified handled re-hab as well.

All have been cleaned up, and hand sharpened.

PS: Re-habbing a Atkins 26” saw right now. One of his “Perfection” saws. As for a Bishop Panel Saw (20”) sorry, it’s mine.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#13 posted 04-17-2012 09:02 PM

Bandit you should sell them here first it will help build this as the sales place for woodworking tools and you can always get asking price for your tools.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

View bandit571's profile

bandit571

7530 posts in 1438 days


#14 posted 04-17-2012 09:51 PM

Send PM with details/suggestions. I have to work tonight ( and tomorrow night) so it may be a day or two before i can get back to you. Let’s see, a D-8 thumbhole skewback 5.5 ppi rip 26’ saw is going for HOW much, right now?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3532 posts in 1233 days


#15 posted 04-19-2012 12:34 AM

the last d 8 i bought was 45 dollars on eBay it needed no clean up and was not cleaned by the previous owner it still needs to be sharpened

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

showing 1 through 15 of 26 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase