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Forum topic by MagicalMichael posted 05-01-2017 11:36 AM 2955 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2017 11:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saw panel saw

I didn’t want to sidetrack the 2017 Hand Saw discussion but my question is closely related. I am trying to sell my radial arm saw (3 1/2 HP DeWalt) and replace it with a hand saw. Has anyone used this saw:
I would mostly be cross cutting hardwoods with it. What I most need is a saw that will cut 8 & 10 feet long boards into approximate & manageable sizes for the table saw. This saw is $35 less than the L-N, but $65 more than the Flinn saw.


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#1 posted 05-01-2017 01:49 PM

Looks like a nice saw. Wouldn’t mind trying one myself. I have a lot of old saws and find they are a lot of work mostly. However, putting them back in fair condition has given me a chance to learn things about all aspects of hand saws that I otherwise would not have learned. My sharpening is still questionable but mostly that is due to poor eyesight. I overcome the vision problem slightly now by using a mag visor and mag ring lamp. Otherwise, I can’t focus well enough.
Yeah, I like the looks of that little panel saw. I wonder if they might make in with hardened tooth line some time. That one saw would most likely do what most people use a handsaw for. Thanks for sharing the info.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#2 posted 08-13-2017 12:15 PM

I bought a BT&C Hardware Store saw. It’s a nice small panel saw. At 18” long, I wouldn’t want to be making big cuts with it. It’s tooth pattern does work pretty well for both ripping and cross-cutting. But it may be overkill if all you’re looking to do is break things down for the table saw. There are a number of cheaper cross-cut saws out there. They won’t have the built-in square and ruler, and won’t serve as well if you do need to rip something, but you’ll probably get a 24” or 26” blade which will make cuts go quicker.

Short version, it’s a nice little, very versatile saw. I’m glad I bought one and I reach for it often. But it wasn’t cheap, and it sounds like you could get by with a cheaper crosscut saw for what you say you want to do with it.

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#3 posted 08-13-2017 03:12 PM

For a crosscut panel saw, actual hardware store (or box store) saws work fine. I bought a Stanley panel saw with a wooden handle, which I reshaped a little with a rasp. It’s been good enough that I haven’t seen a need to look for a better saw to replace it (yet).

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 04:50 AM

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#5 posted 08-16-2017 11:41 AM

I agree with Dave and Johnny for what you want right now. Especially if you don’t have sources of cheap vintage saws nearby. I do have some extra vintage saws but shipping them alone would cost more than the Stanley.

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