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Forum topic by Bureaucrat posted 02-22-2009 07:09 AM 1910 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2009 07:09 AM

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In Madison WI, the University runs a SWAP Shop (SWAP is Surplus with a purpose) where there are always some good deals to be had. They also sponsor an on line auction. This week an “Electric Saw” was posted. I checked it out and I had never seen an electric saw like this before. I thought the hand saws with laser sights were out there but then… well check out the link below. There is a spot to enlarge the picture.

Is this something I’ve just missed for the last 40 years that I’ve been reading about and working with tools?

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 07:23 AM

Great Lookin Saw I have never seen one Like That must Ben for the rich

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 07:28 AM

That’s a meat saw, so you haven’t missed anything unless you’re a butcher ;)

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 07:31 AM

I’ve seen the adds for those years ago. I even remembered the name. The gray cells are still working.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 07:32 AM

Nah. It’s a wood saw.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 07:40 AM

Actually, I’ve got one someplace in the garage in a box of tools that I don’t use but can’t throw out. It’s been in the family. I don’t know where it comes from. The difference is that the handle is more molded out of chrome like the body of this one and it takes really large reciprocating saw type blades but doesn’t have the steel dummy blade backing. It vibrates like all get out though. Even more than a standard reciprocating saw.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 02-22-2009 07:49 AM

Could that be an early version of a sawzall?

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 08:31 AM

That saw is for butchering, it’s a carcass spliting saw. It’s how they cut beef in halves in slaughter houses, right down the center of the back bone. I was a meat cutter for 17 years, 10 of those years in packing houses, 7 in a retail meat market.

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#8 posted 02-22-2009 09:21 AM

Woodchuck is correct. At first glance I though it was a surgical or autopsy saw but a little research showed that Jarvis makes butchering equipment. They may make surgical stuff too. If anyone is interested my wife has a bone saw used for surgery and autopsies she would be glad to sell you. Before we retired she use to harvest human body parts from deceased tissue donors for transplanting. It comes with a straight blade and a core cutting blade. It cuts by oscillating back and forth very fast in short strokes that do not cut flesh but do a real job on bone. it is a $1200 saw but I’m sure she would let it go for about $350.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 11:41 AM

LesB Hope your wife didn,t bring her work home !Were you nervous opening the refrigerator at night or have I been watching too many bgrade horror movies?. Wonder how the bone cutting saw would go on dovetails?

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#10 posted 02-22-2009 09:48 PM

Scottz, WoodChuck1957 and LesB thanks for cluing me in. Surgical saw did occur to me but I thought it looked a bit vicious for that. While I’ve been in several slaughter houses the animal was in smaller chunks and people were doing knife work so this was a complete surprise to me. I’ve learned my 1 thing for today! thanks.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#11 posted 02-22-2009 09:54 PM

Actually she did occasionally bring her work products home because she was on 24 hour call and sometimes she did not want to go back to the lab at odd hours. Also occasionally she would do private contract work to extract brains for Parkinson’s and dementia research. In addition Alsheimer’s can only be positively diagnosed by examining the brain so family members would hire her to remove their deceased family member’s brain for diagnosis. The very last one she did before retiring I transported to the lab on my motorcycle; also known in the tissue donation trade as a “donor cycle” because of the frequency of fatal crashes and tissue donations resulting there from. So my bike was literally a donor cycle.

Bureaucrat…sorry about leading you Forum astray with non wood working stories.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 02-22-2009 10:54 PM

LesB…I sure hope you didn’t let you wife do the cooking…...she ever try to feed you liver?
I hear it’s good with fava beans and Ciante….. I saw an electric hacksaw before….but it didn’t have the motor like that…just looked like an ungrounded electric wire. I think it worked off the jerking of the one holding it…...not too accurate I think….....ha ha

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#13 posted 02-22-2009 11:17 PM

I’m with Karson on this. It may also have been marketed as a meat saw, but I know I’ve seen ads in the back of old Popular Mechanics for that saw aimed at woodworkers.
Ya just gotta be of a certain age to remember this stuff!! LOL


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