Are flush cutting saws all "one sided"

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 02-15-2014 03:54 PM 1282 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2014 03:54 PM

I have a “flush cutting saw” that I bought at a yard sale. No maker’s name/marks on it. It cuts flush on one side only – if you use it the wrong way around it scratches the surface. A couple of teeth are broken so I think I’ll replace it. Is there a make/model of flush cutting saw that has no set on either side?

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 04:23 PM

Flush cut saws have usually no set so one tooth does not go left and the next right etc so it should cut depending on the shape if it is offset etc and should cut then if I am not mistaken both sides the same evenly if they have broken teeth maybe this causes your scratching etc. Alistair

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 04:30 PM

+1 for SCOTSMAN. Flush saws should have zero set. There are ways to take the set out if that is what you need.

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 04:37 PM

No, it was one-sided even before the teeth were broken…and pretty much all the teeth scratched, so it wasn’t just a matter of one or two bent ones.

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 05:12 PM

They are not all one sided, this one flexes in either direction, and has absolutely no set. I do have a Crown that’s made with a handle that only allows you to cut on one side, but it also has no set. I imagine that some of the more exclusive names (like Lie Nielson or Veritas) has one that’s much nicer.

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#5 posted 02-15-2014 05:27 PM

I have 2 but both can scratch the wood unless you are very careful. You can stone down the sides if the teeth are sticking out.

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 05:38 PM

I have a Veritas one that cuts flush on both sides. It has Japanese
style teeth with no set.

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 09:13 PM

Technically, they have no set, but they’re sharpened from one side, so there tends to be a burr on one side. You can stone this off, or just mark which way doesn’t scratch.

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 11:46 PM

And don’t try the Stanley Fat Max one until AFTER you’ve stoned it, if at all.

Just sayin’.


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#9 posted 02-16-2014 12:46 AM

+1 to racerglen. The fatmax needs some TLC before use. I gave mine a new handle too.

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 05:15 AM

Veritas example.

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#11 posted 02-16-2014 11:30 AM

Thanks all. What do you use to “stone” a saw?

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#12 posted 02-16-2014 01:47 PM

A sharpening stone works well, if the set on the teeth is realy agresive like my fat max, you’ll tear sandpaper .

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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