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Forum topic by Airframer posted 563 days ago 860 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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563 days ago

I picked this up at a thrift store over the weekend and am curious about who the manufacturer is. It was marked $3 and the blade is sharp but needs a good scrubbing and the handle is to be replaced.

It has the “Warranted Superior” button and the handle looks to be exactly the same shape as this Atkins saw listed on ebay. The only differance I can see is that this handle is plywood while the one on the bay is solid wood from what I can tell.

I am pretty sure this is a copy or just a no name but ya never know right?

Here are pics of the saw..

And here is the Ebay auction I am referring to . Any help would be great.

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 563 days ago

Diston i think

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#2 posted 563 days ago

I just noticed I forgot to add the link to the auction I was talking about. I’ll have a look at the Distons and see if I can get any closer to an ID. Thanks for the help.

I still think the handle shape is spot on to the one linked. Plus the eagle in the medallion is an exact match for the one in the link. I have noticed a variance in eagle designs between brands in my searches.

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#3 posted 563 days ago

Just a quick bump. Anyone have any ideas?

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#4 posted 562 days ago

If you can clean up the blade
you may find the manufacture info under the grunge.
Good luck,


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#5 posted 561 days ago

You can go to The Disstonian Institute website for additional information on identifying and dating the saw.

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#6 posted 560 days ago

I believe that is a very late Borg-Warner era “Atkins.” It was likely made in Greenboro, SC after Borg Warner closed operations in Indianapolis. If you clean the plate with fine sandpaper and mineral spirits, you may find that or maybe a hardware store etch, though by this time they may have been just painting stuff on the plate rather than etching. Probably a so-so saw.

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#7 posted 558 days ago

Clean it up and get some better pictures of the medallion. Also post it over here.

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