Saw Inventory Data Files
1:23 PM 9/19/2022
When I first became interested in cross cut saws, as used in trail maintenance work in wilderness area I got out the three saws that I had grown up with. Then I bought some more on the internet, local antique stores and flea markets. I thought that I would clean them up and maybe give them to an organization that was doing trail work. Before I got to the process of cleaning them up and getting them sharpened, other things in my life got in the way. The result was that I put them away and out of my mind for several years.
Recently, summer 2021, I decided to get back to cleaning the various saws that I had and deciding what to do with them. I first decided to determine how many of each type I had and to then document them. I thought that I had 10 to 20 saws in storage. I was quite surprised to find that I had over a 100! To determine how many saws, and what their types were, I decided to do an inventory. For the inventory, I used my cell phone to photograph and then to measure and weigh each of the saws. These are the results of that inventory. "Inventory" type of pictures are not "Presentation" quality, but rather just good enough that a particular saw should be able to be identified at a different time. In several inventory pictures the lighting is poor which results is parts of the saw being not viewable.
Eventually I plan to clean, measure and better photograph the saws I have on a "time available" basis. I have completed the inventory photography phase and now I am on the preliminary documentation phase. In the "thumb nail" pictures, the colors tend to be strange. This is due to the image compression software that I used, where a 2 MB file was compressed down to 60 KB. Clicking on the image will get a full, or so, size version of the image. (Each browser or cell phone OS gives slightly different results.)
Notes about the data
In each saw's data there are three sets of information:
- A list of important features of the saw. This includes:
- Manufacturer Which is sometimes spelled correctly.
- Length in Of the saw as measured along the teeth in inches.
- Weight lbs The weight of the saw as pictured. This includes its label, handle(s) when attached and any dirt or crud that is one the saw. The saws were not cleaned up for the pictures.
- Man The number of men/women that the saw will require for its normal use.
- Type Either "Felling" or "Bucking". As I get better at identifying saws more types may be used.
- Teeth The type of saw tooth that the saw has. As I get better at identifying the various tooth types these will get updated.
- per Raker This is the number of cutter teeth per raker/cleaner tooth. Typically a cutter/raker set repeats on the full cutting side of a saw. At the start/end of the cutting side the cutter/raker count will usually change due to the end of the saw's cutting.
- Lead This is the count of the small teeth at the start of the cutters that are to be used in getting the saw to start easily. Sometime each end will have different counts. Sometimes one or two will be intentionally broken off so that a "loop" style of handle may be used.
- Grind If the "grind" of the metal in the saw is known, I put it here. Usually it is indicated with a "?" as I don't yet know the grind. When I determine what it is this field will be updated.
- Any optional notes that seem to be appropriate for this saw.
- Full length picture of the saw. Each saw will have a "saw ID" on it with the format of "
E" and a number, the "E" is to indicate that the saw is mine. (My name starts out with an E.)
- Sequential small pictures of saw starting at the label and working to the other end.
Data that is not on this web site
- Excellent information about Atkins saws
- Another reference on Atkins Saws, includes a link to Atkins patents.
- An excellent reference for Disston saws
- A reference to Simonds saws, includes a link to Simonds patents.
- Miscelaneous good data about many older tools and saws.
Data that is on this web site
- Textual Index of all saws, fast loading
- Thumbnail Pictures of all saws, slower loading
- Thumbnail Pictures of all saws, Sorted by length, slower loading
- Larger Thumbnail Pictures of all saws, Sorted by length, slower loading
- Textual Index of 1 Man Bucking Saws
- Thumbnail Pictures of 1 Man Bucking Saws
- Larger Thumbnail Pictures of 1 Man Bucking Saws
- Textual Index of 2 Man Bucking Saws
- Thumbnail Pictures of 2 Man Bucking Saws
- Larger Thumbnail Pictures of 2 Man Bucking Saws
- Textual Index of 2 Man Felling Saws
- Thumbnail Pictures of 2 Man Felling Saws
- Larger Thumbnail Pictures of 2 Man Felling Saws
- Textual Index of Miscellaneous Saws
- Thumbnail Pictures of Miscellaneous Saws
- Larger Thumbnail Pictures of Miscellaneous Saws
Very Slow Loading High Defination Pictures
- Fullsize Pictures of all saws, Sorted by length, very slow loading
- Fullsize Pictures of 1 Man Bucking Saws
- Fullsize Pictures of 2 Man Bucking Saws
- Fullsize Pictures of 2 Man Felling Saws
- Fullsize Pictures of Miscellaneous Saws