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Forum topic by JADobson posted 03-17-2013 04:17 PM 1018 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2013 04:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handsaw vibration pax

One of my first quality tools I’ve gotten is a Pax crosscut saw. I was cutting some softwood 2×4s for a project this morning and I noticed that when I pull the saw back the tip of the blade vibrates quite violently. As the vibrating blade gets pulled through the kerf it makes a terrible noise. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve tried not forcing the saw but it still happens. Any suggestions? Thanks

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#1 posted 03-17-2013 05:22 PM

Try putting some paraffin wax on the saw plate.

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 06:13 PM

2X Rich, and “lift” the saw when you pull back..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 06:12 PM

Also make sure you’re not gripping the saw too tightly, that sound is usually a reminder to me to loosen my grip on the saw.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 06:56 PM

Check to make sure the split nuts that attach the blade to the handle are tight. Mine were quite loose when I bought my Pax saws.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 01:35 PM

I don’t think I’m gripping it too tightly. I always make sure to keep a light grip. However, there is a tiny amount of play in the handle so tightening the split nuts is probably a good idea. I wonder who pays Lie-Neilson $30 for the tool instead of just grinding out an old stubby screwdriver?

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 03:10 PM

It can mean that you are going out of plumb with your arms when you pull or push, make sure you have long even strokes, and keep the saw plate aligned with the cut.

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