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Forum topic by Bill White posted 07-09-2014 07:58 PM 788 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill White

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07-09-2014 07:58 PM

I’ve not necessarily been a big fan of borg tooling, but recently needed to make some fine/clean cross grain cuts.
Bought an Irwin #213104 pull saw on a whim. Just used it today for its intended purpose.
Worked like a champ. Danged if I won’t use it more often on DTs and mortice/tenon joints.
I was impressed. Straight and clean cuts. No tear out on SYP.
I guess that I might need to rethink.
Has Irwin done a major re-do on quality/value?
Thought ya might like to know.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us


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richardwootton

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 09:00 PM

I have the same saw and it does cut cleanly. The plate on mine broke teeth and bent pretty quickly, but what more can you expect for a saw under 20 dollars?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 09:07 PM

I have the same saw and it’s been going strong for about a year, which is about a year longer than I expected. It’s been a good value for the price.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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palaswood

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 10:20 PM

I dont know about the pull saw, but I did my research on a carpenter saw and time and again the reviews for the Irwin 24” came back off the charts. I got the 9tpi coarse for around $25 and love it!. I only use my sharksaw pull saw for smaller cuts, but otherwise its the Irwin every time. Often faster (And safer) than setting up a cut on a powered saw.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Buckethead

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 11:26 PM

I also bought one, some time ago. My intention was to use it for cutting dovetailed tenons into the legs of a workbench, which I did, but afterwards I was going to toss it into the work truck for miscellaneous abuse on the fly. I use it very often, and it cuts cleanly and quickly. I have another pull saw that might cut a touch better, but it has a back, so not as versatile. The Irwin has a rip and crosscut tooth set, and no stiff back. It will cut as deep as I’m willing to go.

I have since changed my mind about using it for garbage work. It stays in the shop.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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crank49

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 11:33 PM

I have posted several recommendations for that saw over the last few years.
I also like the Jorgensen Pony Pull Saw, similar to the above mentioned Shark Saw.
The Jorgy is about twice as big and twice as coarse but the two saws really cover a lot of capacity.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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palaswood

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 11:39 PM

as for the sharksaw, it has fine and coarse teeth on either side of the blade (gotta be careful when reaching over to stabilize a cut off about to drop!), but in my experience the coarse teeth are junk

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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crank49

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 10:57 PM

I thought the coarse teeth were junk also, until I realized they are filed RIP cut. They will not crosscut hardly at all, but do okay ripping.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Buckethead

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 11:05 PM

^^^

They don’t provide a superior rip, but they do rip faster than the crosscut side. They don’t do so with the same excellent feel as the crosscut side.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Crank50

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#9 posted 07-16-2014 01:21 PM

Just yesterday I happened to be in Home Depot and saw that they are clearance selling the Irwin pull saws also.
Irwin #213104 pull saw for $1.00.
I bought all five remaining saws.

For what it’s worth, since HD is closing out all Irwin products that also includes Vise Grips. I got two of the big grips with the swivel pads, similar to the Kreg clamp, for $8.00

I know they don’t always have the same sales at different stores so your mileage may vary.

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Ocelot

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 08:27 PM

This looks exactly like the Shark 10-2204 Dowel/Dovetail/Detail Saw which right now is $10 on Amazon with free shipping on orders over $35.

I have the Shark and have enjoyed using it, though I suspect mine is a little dull now.

-Paul

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