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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 06-27-2012 12:15 PM 1216 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2012 12:15 PM

I saw this local Criagslist ad. I could use a hand saw or two (right now I only have a small dovetail saw), but don’t know enough about saws to look at this picture and tell if they might potentially be decent saws that just need some TLC. I don’t mind cleaning up some rust and and a handle or two for a good saw. Then whatever I don’t need (won’t keep all 12) I can give away to friends if they want.

Any ideas?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 12:41 PM

Its really hard to say from that photo, but I’d say grab ‘em. My thinking is that, at the very least, these would be good saws for you to learn how to clean and sharpen. If you only come out of it with one good quality user saw, you’re still ahead of the game. You really don’t want to learn on expensive saws. Go get ‘em. Once you have them, post better pics and we can tell you better which ones are “keepers” and which ones are for learning on.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 01:25 PM

I agree with Dave. Look at some of Andy's blogs. A set of saw nut will set yuou back more than that, so if you come out with 3 or 4 good ones, and some parts, your way ahead of the game. And if luck strikes, you’ll get more than 3 or 4.

Matt has a good blog on this as well,

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 01:27 PM

I am a novice. With that said here are my thoughts.

You just mentioned cleaning some rust to prepare these. You would probably have to sharpen these saws too. It is not hard to learn to do by hand. Or you could have a couple of them done professionally by machine and give the rest away.

I would pay the $15 for all those saws. And I already have about 30 handsaws, most of them made before WWII. I like the bottom and top one one with the handles to the left. None of the saws appear to be prior to WWII. Maybe 50’s and later. So no collectors I think. But plenty to practice hand sharpening and restoring on if you are into that. You could have a rip and xcut for softwood and hard wood, thick and thin. That’s 8 saws right there. You could give these away as you upgrade your saws.

If you are not into restoring and have money for tools you may want to pass on these and buy a premium saw or two from Lie-Neelsen, Bad Axe, Gramercy, Veritas and the like.

It just depends on your goals.

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 01:50 PM

Thanks for all of the inputs, guys. I took a read at the saw blog, as well. I sent an e-mail to this person, I am going to try and snag these. If nothing else, like you said, it’s sharpening practice.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 01:55 PM

It will be a great learning experience, and for the asking price, not too bad. Maybe get some pointers on the sawblog.

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 02:03 PM

You have to be careful about picking up big lots like this because soon your workspace will be awash in them.

I only see three saws that would potentially interest me as users. The top and bottom ones on the left along with the saw that’s posed vertically. Notice they all have well-shaped handles versus the mass-produced (read cheap machining) of the handles on the other saws.

Personally, I would pass on the lot and try to negotiate a deal on the three potentials after inspecting them.

Better to have saws you’ll be proud to own than a bunch of ones you got “for real cheap” with handles that will give you blisters after any appreciable use.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 02:30 PM

looks like decent saws – get yourself some files and a saw-set, clean them up and get the teeth back on-set and sharp a good skill to have if you plan on using hand saws long-term anyways.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 02:31 PM

I would give you $20 plus shipping for the bottom left, and the two top ones on the right.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 10:52 PM

You did the right thing sending an email to Matt Cianci. Not only is he very, very good at rehabbing/sharpening saws, he’s a great guy. I’m trying to talk him into coming to Albany to teach a class on saw sharpening, but he has a new baby so…. If you need a saw set and/or jointer, drop me a PM. I’ve got a BUNCH of ‘em.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 11:01 PM

I think you missed something. Looks to me like the electrical cords are all missing. Almost every saw I own has an electrical cord.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 06-28-2012 12:22 PM

Well I appreciate all of the input. I went and checked them out last night and passed. About 90% of them had two or more of the following issues : excessive pitting, multiple missing teeth, broken handles, missing nuts, bent blade, etc. If I could learn on them and potentially get some use out of them, I would’ve grabbed them, but these were either beyond repair and/or not worth the effort.

Dave, if you get him to set up a class near Albany I’d be interested in making a ride up for it (can’t commit as we have a baby due in August). I didn’t send him an e-mail, I looked at his site for info (I meant that I sent an e-mail to the seller).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 05:06 PM

I think you made the right choice. Pitting by the cutting edge is bad. One or two broken teeth you can work with. Missing nuts, unless you buy a “parts” saw cheaply—they are pretty expensive to replace when buying from the guys online that tune and sharpen vintage saws—if they have spares on hand.

But why bother? There are SO many decent user saws out there that you don’t need to take on this problem child (in this case family) for your first saws. I’ve had good luck at estate sales and garage sales. Especially garage sales. The ones that advertise on Crag’s List as having vintage or old or used tools.

All the best!

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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