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Forum topic by Tim21BO3 posted 12-23-2012 09:49 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2012 09:49 PM

Merry Christmas to all!

I have recently stumbled across an individual locally who has an early John Spear (pre-Jackson) ~22” crosscut saw for sale at $75. Unfortunately I have no pics to share here but from the pictures I have seen the saw seems to be in very good shape. The beautifully shaped handle has no apparent splits and the horns are intact. All the original brass split nuts are there and the nibbed plate is aged but not rusted and or pitted and there doesnt appear to be any crazy bows or waves in it. The only other one I could find was on ebay and it is not in nearly as good of shape with opening at $19.99. What say you on this one? Go for it at that price or pass on it unless a lower price is accepted ( and what would that be?). Sorry, usually have a good feel on these but just have no idea on this one. Thanks again.

Tim


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#1 posted 12-23-2012 09:54 PM

Have bought/sold/collected vintage tools for decades, and would have been glad to offer an opinion, but that is impossible w/o photos.
btw – I’d be interested to know how it is that you have no photos.

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 12:03 AM

Well, in my haste to clean out my inbox I accidentally got a little trigger happy with the delete button and deleted the pics completely, and the sender is out of town for a few days. I found a similiar one that is very comparable except for the paint on the plate and the $@&#?picture hanger on the the handle. I’ll get some pix of it uploaded later, photobucket and my iphone don’t play well together.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 01:30 AM

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 01:43 AM

Here are a few pics of one that is comparable in almost all regards. The horn on the tote of the one I am looking at is in better shape and it lacks the cute little chickadees on the blade as well as the ever attractive picture hanger on the tote.

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 05:19 AM

If the saw you’re considering has as much meat on it (height of blade under handle) as the one pictured. and it is truly straight (sight down along toothline, with teeth pointed skyward), then I would say it’s easily worth the asking price. Panel saws are tougher to come by than their full length counterparts. A saw of this vintage will have a stamped etch—I mention this only because this would be an appraisal point on a newer saw, but is not in the case of a split-nut era saw.
HTH

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