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Forum topic by mak posted 09-06-2013 10:42 PM 718 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mak

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09-06-2013 10:42 PM

I live in a rural area and rarely find a yard or estate sale that includes vintage tools. I recently met a gentleman from a neighboring city who purchased 50 saws at an estate sale. He describes the lot by saying it contains saws from Atkins, Disston, and Nicholson. He admittedly doesn’t know much about hand saws but did say there are quite a few D7s and D8s. He lives far enough away that it wouldn’t be worth driving to see the saws in person but he is willing to send pictures and mail saws to me. He is asking $15 a piece.

Is this worth pursuing and do you have any tips for selecting a cross cut and rip saw from this lot? I don’t want him to waste time photographing all 50 saws so what criteria should I give him to narrow down my choices?


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#1 posted 09-06-2013 10:44 PM

this may help, http://thesawblog.com/?p=1156

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 10:47 PM

Thanks for the link Don. It looks like the URL might have changed but I was able to dig it up:
http://thisoldworkshop.com/index.php/menu-info/1-info-rustygold

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 11:01 PM

sorry its here http://thesawblog.com/?p=1004

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 11:55 PM

Nice link Don. A Saw doesn’t need all those things to be worth getting, but its a great quick way for a beginner to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Oh and mak, the D8’s and D7’s would all be worth getting pictures of. If he’ll tell you honestly about whether there’s pitting rust that’s even better.

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