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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2015, 09:12:56 AM »
I've used these saws a bit and have seen some wrecks on them as well. The ones that I've used start with the saw out and you push it into your cut rather than the saw pulling itself outward and into the board. I'd put a taller fence on the back and a short one on the front and whether you use a counter weight or an air actuated system, the saw automatically returns to the start position. Cutting angle and blade sharpness are huge factors with these things.
Hope this helps a little.

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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2015, 09:17:41 AM »
I like it, I like it, I like it, I want one , I want one, I want one...
Now the questions
Is it home built , i think it is but not sure.?
What hp motor and what rpm?
What type of blade , you say 10" but is it just a table saw blade?

What about a drawing or plans of your build?

I would be willing to pay for a page of plans and details on how to build.

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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2015, 09:44:11 AM »
Swing saws have been around almost forever. They are the grand daddy of modern day radial arm saws.. Both have a reputation for the blade grabbing the wood and jumping forward. Couple of suggestions..Use a blade with zero hook angle teeth...I have an old craftsman radial arm saw that has a built-in feed mechanism that eliminates the problem. It's a small winch that feeds out cable at a slow rate when actuated. The cable is attached to the saw arbor. Spring return. I might be able to find a parts list for it, if it's not too old.

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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2015, 09:58:34 AM »
I have been interested in these saws for a while now. I think with a little rethinking they could be made safe. Some new guarding , the right blade, safety hold down features that would require two hands clear. One hand to run the hold down the other to pull the saw. Could not pull saw unless hold down was engaged etc. etc.

Something like this running of a small motor ( gas in my case ) would be great for sawing up slabs and trimming lumber to length as it comes of the saw.

Every time I look at my slab pile I wish I had a method to saw them up as they come from the mill. I now use chainsaw and a rack but would love to have something like this .

Chain saw is only good for slabs this type of saw could do both slabs and trim lumber.

With all the very crafty guys on this forum I am sure we could ( crowd design) new term I just thought up, something that would fit the bill.
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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2015, 02:02:26 PM »
I like it, I like it, I like it, I want one , I want one, I want one...
Now the questions
Is it home built , i think it is but not sure.?
What hp motor and what rpm?
What type of blade , you say 10" but is it just a table saw blade?

What about a drawing or plans of your build?

I would be willing to pay for a page of plans and details on how to build.

Quebecnewf

Home built... No plans.... 3400rpm 2 hp 115v motor. 1" arbor and piller blocks.
Axle brake plate that goes behind the brake drum for the guard cut in half.
Link belting is needed because the frame is all welded and there is no way to
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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2015, 02:05:57 PM »
Were you a farmer in a past life?  The things you're doing are the things we used to do - come up with "extra time" to make things to help your days go smoother and faster.  You're spot on thinking this way.  A day or two fabbing equals many years of reduced labor when working.  It's a no brainer.  I like the way you think... I wish I was a bit smarter and able to think outside the box more.  I also need to utilize this wonderful forum more when I need help thinking on something.  The guys, you included, around here are phenomenally smart.  I often feel very fortunate for coming across this place a while back.  I think Jeff's idea about starting this forum and doing all that he does has changed more lives for the better than he will ever know.  I know I was a lurker and reaNer for a good year before I joined!  Keep on keeping on!

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« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2015, 04:33:08 PM »
What are the details on the blade?

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Re: Swing saw.... I think thats what they are called...
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2015, 05:52:39 PM »
What are the details on the blade?
It's a Dewalt 60 tooth fine cut 12" chop saw blade.
But that was a mistake. Way to small. I got this 16" one coming from E-bay.
I will have to rebuild my blade guard.
It worked great for stuff around 2" thick but logs have knots in them and
they get in the way of the frame.



 

 
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« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2019, 09:44:23 AM »
How as it worked now that you’ve added the bigger blade ? 

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