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Please help identify this saw
« on: July 27, 2008, 08:50:24 PM »
I recently purchased a home in Seabeck, WA and found this saw on the property buried in blackberries and ivy.  It hasn't moved obviously in years but it in good shape.  The blade still turns smoothly.  I think originally it was powered by flat belt on end of shaft but in later years the base was modified to support a gas engine.  A belt still intact is hanging a pulley.  The blade is a little more than 31 inches in diameter and has 80 teeth.  Any idea of how old this is or any other interesting information about this kind of saw would be appreciated.



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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2008, 09:27:00 PM »
Its simply a buzz rig for cutting up firewood. Probably home made and every farm in Michigan and many other states had one.
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2008, 09:28:03 PM »
It appears to be a buzz saw, I don't know what make.  These are generally used to cross cut firewood to length.  They were generally powered by a farm tractor
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 10:48:52 PM »
i have one in my back yard with a wisconsin engine on a home made wooden stand. i have considered  moving it to the front yard as yard art. when i was a kid my father had one he pulled with a farmall cub tractor to cut up fire wood.

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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 11:01:47 PM »
chordwood saw....

one of these

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbMlLfYsi2g
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2008, 12:46:44 AM »
We always called them "Bucksaws". I use one to cut my slab wood into firewood. I added a 10 ft table to mine to lay slabs on. Mine runs off a 5 hp electric motor. I have a 26" blade on mine.
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2008, 04:21:24 AM »
Dragoneggs,welcome to the forum.The one we used the frame was made out of wood.No electrity on the farm.What else can you find?
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2008, 01:15:13 PM »
Hey thanks for all the replies!  Especially the video.  I went back in the brush and found the remains of the cut off tray.  I was also thinking of building a couple of planter boxes to mount on either side of the saw and put it in the garden.  I figured it was fairly common but I couldn't figure out exactly how it was used... thanks again!

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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 05:15:03 PM »
Yup, everyone who has replied has been correct. I still have mine, all apart in the garage. Mine is a bit different to yours because mine has a honkin' big flywheel right beside the flat belt pulley. We drove mine with a Cockshutt 20 tractor. The tractor had Continental F124 gas engine in it, and there were times we weren't sure it would ever get the blade back up to speed after knocking off a block....::)

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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008, 06:45:41 PM »
A lot of them work as in the video.  They pivot on a hinge at the bottom. Around here, these are the most common.
Others, and yours looks like it might be one, have a table on them and they roll forward and aft on rollers on tracks.
These buzz saws are great for bucking up limb wood.
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008, 11:52:03 PM »
Yup, buzz saw, probably as many horror stories 'bout them as there are varities.
Last one I saw in operation was on an ambulance call, had a dead guy layin in front of it. Seems some clothing got caught up in the blade, no second chance with them things.

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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 06:33:49 AM »
Boy, what a lousy way to go. I know I am super careful around mine. I installed a guard on mine but still plenty of room to lose limbs or life. I can't imagine gettin tangled up at the business end of that blade. Sorry to hear about that fella.  :-\
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Re: Please help identify this saw
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 07:16:52 AM »
I have a smaller version of a saw like that which mounts on the front of an old Symplicity walk behind tractor.  The blade is roughly 20" in diameter.  I still use it for cutting up limb wood and small diameter stuff, around 4".  They are much faster and easier than using a chainsaw.

I must admit you have to pay close attention to what you are doing with your hands at all times.  I have heard some stories where people have been hurt or killed by these
"buzz saws".  Any saw can and will get you when you least expect it especially when you loose respect for what it will do to you given the chance.

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