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Forum topic by Brett posted 07-19-2013 04:50 PM 3711 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2013 04:50 PM

I occasionally see old bow saws for sale online. I’ve hesitated to buy one, however, because I’m not sure whether I can find a replacement blade for it. Does anyone know if blades that fit these old saw are available?

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 06:07 PM

I made gramercy’s bow saw. they have 12” blades. I have used the blade I made from cut up bandsaw blades more than their blades. I did have to tap out the set on the teeth a little as the b/s blade sets are too aggressive.
although I do believe b/s blades are available with out any tooth set to em. I just used what I had at hand. I suppose it just depends on length and securing type to match up prefab blades. many hand tool retailers have blades with dimensions forsale. Highland WW comes to mind.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 06:12 PM

A link to Gramercy Toolworks who sells bow saws, parts, and blades.

Also, I think some people use band saw blade material to make their own.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 02:30 PM

I’ve heard mixed reviews on using bandsaw blades but may still try this in the future to get a coarser blade.
My antique saw needed a blade slightly shorter than the Gramercy blades, I bought three sets and spent an afternoon making the necessary modifications.

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The blades work well and I expect it will be a long time before I need to buy more. With an antique saw you will have go through a similar process to make blades from bandsaw blades or if you buy new blades intended for modern saws. Making a saw would be a fun project and Gramercy sells the required hardware to work with their blades. Both approaches have their appeal.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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